A nursery fit for a prince or princess
For parents such as the Duke and Duchess, who don’t yet know the sex of their impending child, a gender-neutral, muted colour scheme is the most practical way to decorate. “If parents are planning on having more than one child, it’s useful to know that the things they buy now will be used again,” adds Tindall.
It’s also very on trend to be genderneutral, as evidenced by John Lewis’s recent decision to remove boys’ and girls’ labels from children’s clothing. Many children’s retailers are moving away from pushing pink on girls and blue on boys.
A room fit for a prince or princess – whatever their gender – starts with the wall colour. “We see a lot of people go for grey or white and then bring in accents of colour through cushions and rugs,” Tindall says.
Little Greene have paint good enough to lick – literally. Three of its finishes have been certified free from toxic ingredients under the British Standard Toy Paint Regulations. Try its French Gray Pale for a neutral grey, or a combination of Pale Lime and Brighton for a brighter mix that would suit a boy or a girl.
Tindall says that the key to a welldesigned nursery is “not to over-clutter it”. While many items of nursery furniture are expendable, such as a wardrobe, one key piece is the crib. Instead of spending thousands on a standard cot, many parents are choosing ones that convert to a toddler bed. One good option is the Mokee cot (£79; en.mokee.eu) that can be adapted into a toddler’s bed and used up to the age of three. The Scandi design comes in six colours and has bolt-on accessories, including an under-cot storage drawer and a changing mat that fixes on top of the cot, meaning there is no need for an extra changing table.
A chest of drawers with lots of small ones is handy to help organise baby grows, vests, tops and bottoms; try a classic tallboy (£499; thewhitecompany.com).
Speaking of sleep, the Duke and Duchess might have a nanny, but for the rest of us, anything that promises help is worth splashing the cash on. Try the Sleepyhead (£130; johnlewis.com), a giant pillow that makes the baby feel tucked up inside their cot, which can be easily transported too, meaning the baby feels just at home in a travel cot or napping downstairs.
To stop the room looking monastic, layer rugs and cushions. A sheepskin rug, such as Kaiser Soft Lambskin (£45; baababy.co.uk), can be used on the floor for tummy time, in a cot, car seat