Top tips for a nurs­ery

From new­borns to tod­dlers – get the ba­sics right so the room grows with them PAINT YOUR WALLS IN A BLOCK COLOUR AND ADD CHAR­AC­TER WITH PAT­TERNED FAB­RICS THAT CAN EAS­ILY BE CHANGED AS YOUR CHILD GROWS

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Kids need room to grow but the nurs­ery will prob­a­bly be one of the small­est rooms in the house, which makes choos­ing the right style even more im­por­tant. Don’t feel like you have to go for a clas­sic blue or pink scheme, or even a neu­tral beige if you’re not sure what you’re ex­pect­ing. De­signs for chil­drens’ rooms of this age can be bold and ex­cit­ing, yet stylish and sleek.

When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing the walls, colour-block­ing paint in a neu­tral room can work re­ally well. Plus it can eas­ily be changed or up­dated as they grow. Try cir­cles, stripes, squares, clouds or zigzags – any­thing goes! Themed wall­pa­pers are also a good idea, and the lat­est de­signs are more beau­ti­ful than ever, whether you want di­nosaurs, trains, bal­leri­nas or but­ter­flies. Al­ter­na­tively, go for fun wall stick­ers, as they’re easy to re­move when the child gets older. Do re­mem­ber, with all the gor­geous ac­ces­sories on of­fer, it’s easy to get car­ried away – try to keep it sim­ple and de­cide on a sin­gle fo­cus early on.

Mul­ti­func­tional ideas

When it comes to fur­ni­ture, se­lect your main pieces be­fore you start dec­o­rat­ing. Often par­ents tend to choose a colour

scheme first, but it’s more straight­for­ward and cheaper to match paints, fab­rics and wall­pa­per to your key items. Be aware that your tiny baby is likely to out­grow its cot within just a year or two, so it’s best to choose a cotbed with re­mov­able sides and end panel so it can be con­verted into a short, low bed that’s suit­able for a tod­dler.

Think care­fully about stor­age, too. for in­stance, chang­ing ta­bles that can be used as a chest of draw­ers are use­ful be­cause they’ll last till the teenager years. it’s also worth in­vest­ing in a cup­board or shelf for toys and clothes – go for a neu­tral de­sign that’ll be suit­able even when they’re older.

Cosmo fit­ted sheet, £35; pil­low, £25; blan­ket, £59; bas­ket, £59; bumpers £35 for six, all Olli Ella

Shut­ters painted in Spring Breeze, from £159 per sq m, Cal­i­for­nia Shut­ters

Bal­loons Fly­ing High roller blind, from £31.95, Blinds 2go

White cot, £618, Sis­ters Guild

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