Creating The Perfect Nursery For Your Child
Designing and decorating your child’s nursery is exciting– especially if you are a first time parent. That being said, the process can often be overwhelming, and with so much to think about (colour scheme, furniture, accessories, safety, budget) you might find yourself struggling as to where to begin!
With this in mind, we sat down with Carys Chapman – owner of children’s boutique Freddie Loves, to pick her brains on all things nursery décor and get her top tips for creating the perfect play space for your little one.
The traditional nursery…
Traditionally, nurseries and children’s bedrooms were always pink or blue, but I have found the majority of parents are now moving away from this stereotype and the ‘matchy matchy’ bedroom themes for a more minimal, modern look.
Today we see more of a focus on crisp, clean subtle tones such as white, grey and dusty pastels. Not only is this colour palette gender neutral but it’s easily transferrable as baby gets older.
What we can expect to see in 2017/18…
In 2017, we are going to see lots of exciting nursery interiors.
Firstly, florals are going to be huge. Oversized floral decals and wall art are doing to be a massive trend in 2017. And if you have the creative gene, DIY floral mobiles make a great statement piece above a cot.
Next up its monochrome. The black and white trend has been a strong contender over the last couple of years, but we are now seeing a transformation to more grey tones. Grey is the perfect neutral colour. It’s versatile and timeless and is the perfect canvas for adding some pastel, bright or bold accessories.
And finally, outdoors; nature and adventure inspired nurseries are set to be the biggest trend of 2017. Why not bring the outdoors indoors with a large mural feature wall - a striking mountain piece or landscape shot works great here.
Initially, as there isn’t very much furniture in a nursery, I suggest using a statement crib/cot as the centre piece - a great way to define the space. I love cribs with minimal, clean lines. There are so many asymmetric, modern cots on the market right now and I think we will see some unexpected shapes in 2017/18.
I also recommend adding layers of texture throughout the room. Accessories such as sheepskin or a woven rug work well to add dimension, and you can’t forget a comfy and chic rocking chair – an essential for any modern nursery!
Some top tips…
Create a room that you love too. Keep it simple, try subdued colour palettes (greys, ivory, and neutrals) as they create a calm environment while giving you flexibility to add colour in the form of cushions, rugs and accessories. If you have plain walls, I suggest adding fun patterns to the room. This could be a fabric, throw, curtains or a pelmet and will add great dimension to the room.
Simple, space saving décor ideas…
When it comes to furniture, I recommend only picking the essentials. A great tip is to choose furniture that can be used in a variety of ways, for example, using the top of a nice dresser/chest of drawers as a changing table.
Think outside the box for quirky storage – fill an alcove with shelves to make a fun feature or turn inexpensive spice racks into handy shelves for small books. Hanging shelves is a great way to free ground space and you can make them look pretty by adding little trinkets for a decorative feature.
Transitioning from baby to toddler…
A great way to transition a nursery into a child’s room is adding their favourite things into the room design. I suggest using their favourite shapes, colours or animals and making that the rooms feature. Try switching up the wallpaper, or adding prints or canvases to give the room a more “grown up” feel.
As babies turn into toddlers, the range of toys and books available will grow dramatically, so having a selection of storage facilities will help keep the room clean and uncluttered. Whether it’s in the form of a bookshelf, storage baskets or a unit – storage is essential
I also suggest making a corner of the room into their own play area, I think this is really important. A tepee, play kitchen or dolls house are great for active imaginations and giving your little one their own space is great for encouraging play.
So if you have a little one on the way, why not plan a move into your dream property with Miller Homes. All properties have been designed to the highest specification with family living in mind. For some inspiration, come and visit our Keepers Gate at Ellismuir development where you can view our nursery in our showhome. To find out more about a development in your area. Visit www.millerhomes.co.uk
Freddie Loves is a children's boutique located in Falkirk, Scotland, offering clothing, accessories and interior decor for the modern child aged 0-5. Freddie Loves is also available online at http://freddieloves.com/