Less is more
How should I decorate a nursery?
Not everyone is on board with pink or blue but designing a nursery can be so much fun it’s difficult — for the expectant decorminded — not to put a lot of thought into it. The most successful babies’ rooms, however, are often the simplest. Time to edit. Here’s how.
Practicality rules. As simplistic as it sounds make sure everything is to hand. Big isn’t better in a nursery; you’ll want everything within reach of a changing table. Walls, lovingly painted in a delicate neutral or clean pastel are best if they are washable, ditto wallpaper. Clutter is to be avoided, which puts adequate storage at the top of the priority list. Who wants to trip over Teddy late at night? And it might pay to consider blackout blinds if you plan on getting your child to sleep during daylight.
Fix on a topic. Decorating a baby’s room is rewarding. Make the most of it by choosing a theme. It can help if you start with one item you love, for example a mobile, lamp or artwork, then build motifs around it. A plane mobile, for example, might lead to a loose travel idea: a map decal, wildlife prints, a globe lamp. It’s an easy picture to get.
Grown-up art. Not all artwork needs to be babyish but it should perhaps nod to whimsy. For example, if you want your child to wake up to baby animals, check out the nursery prints at American photographer Sharon Montrose’s The Animal Print Shop.
Consider the canvas. Small rooms generally benefit from lighter wall shades. Darker shades absorb light, and while the rule isn’t by any means rigid, nurseries do benefit from soothing, neutral tones. But going light on the walls doesn’t mean you can’t go bold on the accents.
Restraint helps. It’s difficult not to be excited by the thought of a new baby but his or her room is still part of your house. Co-ordinating the nursery with the rest of the house won’t impress the new addition, but it just might make you feel calmer every time you enter it. It’s also true that furniture and accessories that are too “baby-fied” won’t last into middle childhood.
When in doubt … consider removable wall stickers; the choice and creativity are limited only by imagination. For inspiration, check out Your Decal Shop (yourdecalshop.co.nz), Snug As A Bug (snugasabug.co.nz) and Cheeky Rascal (cheekyraskal.co.nz).
Love interiors? Decorating a child’s room is bound to be exciting, but calming restraint is often key. Furnishings: Pottery Barn Kids.