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Nursery styling ideas

From stylish neutral, to a fun nautical them and calming tones of white, create the perfect nursery for your baby with our inspirational guide

 

Neutral True Blues Pretty pale

A cot with white embroidered blanket

Neutral
nursery

Decorating your baby’s room in neutral tones and subtle accessories lets you keep your options open. Add pops of colour for a playful feel and exciting soft furnishings as your baby grows. Here are our top styling tips

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Simple shades

  • A neutral colour scheme is easy to adapt – just add bedding, curtains or a pop of colour to a wall to personalise the room as your baby grows and starts to develop their character.
  • Creams, whites, pale greys and taupes are bright and airy, making them a great choice for smaller rooms or those that lack natural light.
  • To give a neutral room more personality, you can make statements with painted furniture and bold art, knowing it won’t clash with your overall decoration.

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Painted pieces

  • Pieces with a painted finish have a real charm that is well suited to bedrooms.
  • Creams and whites are bona fide classics but one of the most modern and enduring shades for painted furniture is lighter shades of grey; up-to-date yet traditional.
  • The latest twist on the painted trend are pieces that mix in bare wood to add warmth to the furniture, like our Winchester range. This cot bed will last for years, and has roomy under-bed storage. Similarly, Tall Boys can be a useful alternative to chunkier furniture; narrow enough to fit tiny spaces.

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On the wall

  • Think about clustering pictures together to create a focal point, perhaps using a theme or colour scheme. Hanging in a grid style is more straightforward but keep frames the same size.
  • Start with one main picture and sketch out how others might hang around it, working outward and treating all the pictures as a whole.
  • Always arrange pictures on the floor before you put them up and be precise about where you place the hooks.
  • Check out our sets of pictures that work together, such as our 123 Wall Art.

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Smart storage

  • Our 3 Tier Storage unit makes stashing kids’ toys easy – just pull out the basket drawers, load up and slide out of sight.
  • Hang drawstring bags from our apple shelf, they’re easy to grab when you need them, and you can just pop everything back in the bag when you don’t.
  • Pretty storage tins can make your changing area feel less clinical and are the perfect size for cotton buds, cotton wool and even little pots of cream.
  • If you’re short on space in your changing area, a wireware stand can keep everything you need together and to hand

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Contemporary baby blankets for your nursery

Sweet
dreaming

Preparing a room for your newborn opens up an exciting range of decorating ideas. Let us guide you

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True blue

  • Stretches of sunny sky, the greeny tinge of sea blue: both conjure up images of calm and serenity and mean that, far from being icy, blue is a great colour for a nursery – for girls as well as boys
  • The key is to choose the right shade – one with enough depth and warmth to combat blue’s cold reputation. Look for colours that have a hint of lilac or green, rather than very pale shades
  • For a classic nursery, blue is well complemented by white (which explains why we all love nautical stripes), but the right blue can work well with purples and greens and still keep a serene feel while becoming more gender neutral. This palette can feel quite grown up, however, so be sure to add sweet little accessories to keep the nursery babyish

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Smart storage

  • The first furniture you buy for your baby can become mementoes of an exciting stage of your life, so it is worth choosing a timeless style that makes interesting statements of its own.
  • Our range of nursery furniture made in collaboration with Ercol mixes warm wood, echoes of old-fashioned spindle chairs and confident curves creating a range that is both familiar and fashion-forward.
  • The classic 50s-style rocker makes a comforting spot for cuddles with your baby, but is versatile enough to become a favourite seat for story times as your baby grows.
  • Similarly, the streamlined oak cot bed converts easily from a cot suitable from birth to a beautiful bed that will see your baby through early childhood

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Let’s play

  • As your baby grows, and their toy collection becomes more vibrant and varied, reflecting their burgeoning characters, toys can make a lovely focal point in the nursery.
  • Rather than bundling your baby’s teddies into a chest, displaying them on a shelf or in an open basket not only gives you quick and easy access to favourites, but instantly adds ahh-factor to your baby’s room

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Take a seat

  • In those first months you’ll spend a lot of time feeding your baby. And even if your baby isn’t sleeping in their room yet, it can be a calming haven for feeds with the addition of a little table (pre-loaded with magazines and a jug of water) and a comfy chair.
  • There are plenty of armchairs that not only lend themselves to the softer, more relaxed environments of a nursery but have grown-up comfort at heart.
  • Just remember that soft, low chairs can be difficult to climb out of when you have a sleeping baby in your arms.
  • Want more cosiness? Add soft blankets and cushions – you’ll no doubt find them useful

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Pretty pale

Subtle, cream furniture gives you the option of adding more colour around your baby’s room, and works perfectly with accessories inspired by nature

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Calming colours

  • Shades of green are refreshing and tranquil, which makes it the perfect colour for creating a calming nursery. What’s also useful is that, in its pastel shades, green complements a range of other subtle colours that can add to this soothing effect.
  • Think pink, lilacs, creams, soft greys and peachy shades. For those who love a bolder colour scheme, pale green also has a softening effect on stronger colours such as navy and dark yellows, making for a modern, edgier palette.
  • An added bonus is that even young babies can see strongly contrasting colours, so you can create an interesting space for them by mixing, say, lighter pictures on a dark wall or vice versa. However, only apply dark shades to a brightly lit room or a feature wall or the nursery can feel dingy

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Let there be light

  • Being able to tell the difference between day and night is a skill very young babies need to learn. Crucial to this is how you dress your windows: you want to make the room dark enough that your baby can tell it’s night time, but you don’t want too much light flooding it at dawn to disrupt daytime naps. But then again, you don’t want it so dark at naptime that baby thinks it’s night.
  • This is where mixing a blind and a set of curtains can not only look chic, but gives you control over how much light comes in. Just double up when you want total darkness. Avoid blinds with looped cords as they can be a safety hazard to young children.

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Treasure chest

  • A good chest of drawers is the real hero piece for your baby’s nursery. For the first few months, you could use it as a changing table as well as home to all your baby’s clothes, changing kit and more. And those demands are only going to grow as your baby gets bigger
  • If using it as a changing table, make sure the chest is deep enough to fit a changing mat and any toiletries you might want to keep to hand (these can be made pretty with some cool storage options such as our wicker storage pots). It can also be useful to hang a mobile above the chest to keep your baby happy during change time
  • Choose a set of drawers that you love; like any good piece of furniture, it will last for years and a retro-inspired piece, like the one in our Mathilde range, can make a real statement, allowing you to use more muted shades in the room while maintaining its character

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Blanket coverage

  • Your baby’s bed clothes changes as they grow out of things, but switching up your baby’s bedding can also give their room a refresh.
  • Layering blankets and sheets is useful for keeping a check on your baby’s temperature, and a bit of mix-and-match also looks pretty cool.
  • The trick is to pick one ‘base’ colour or print and coordinate from there, extending the theme to other soft furnishing such as cushions and curtains. Make it even simpler and invest in sets so all the coordination is done for you.

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The essentials

  • Place cots out of direct sunlight and away from radiators to reduce any risk of baby overheating. For the first six months, let babies sleep in the same room as you
  • Make sure your cot mattress is new and the right size for your baby’s bed
  • Buy four sheets and the same number of lightweight blankets. These should be tucked in and toys should be kept out of the cot for the first year
  • Duvets and heavy blankets are not recommended for babies under 12 months
  • Blackout curtains or blinds are useful, but during the day a little light should come through. Avoid blinds with looped cords

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