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
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.
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