If you’re a mum-to-be, planning a nursery is a wonderful way to prepare for your new arrival. Known as ‘nesting’, the natural instinct to create a beautiful and safe space for your baby is a common part of pregnancy. But how can you design a room that is perfect for your little one yet doesn’t compromise on the style of your home? Here’s some elegant nursery inspiration, plus our top tips for creating the ideal baby nursery.
Choose a colour scheme
Deciding on an initial colour scheme will help you make design decisions and bring your nursery plans together. It’s important that the room not only looks beautiful but also fits in with the rest of your home. Classic, timeless colours such as neutrals and muted shades create a sense of calm while still being baby-friendly. To avoid a flat, dull look, you could use different shades of the same colour, for example multiple shades of blue, to create a cohesive flow throughout the room. Also, stick to white furniture so that everything matches and the room doesn’t feel small or dark.
Create an accent
A striking piece of furniture can act as a focal point of the room and is a brilliant way to add visual depth to your nursery. For example, the Coastline 3 piece nursery set has a washed oak finish has a modern seaside shop the Silver Cross Nostalgia Collection-inspired vibe, with each high-quality piece built to last. Close attention is paid to every detail, like the soft-close drawers and doors and ample storage solutions.
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Get the lighting right
Think about what your nursery will be used for and how the lighting can serve you. Your baby will be doing a lot of feeding and sleeping (hopefully!) in the nursery, so include soft lighting and lamps that you can easily switch on for night-time or dream feeds. Soft lighting also stops your baby’s eyes from being over-stimulated when the room suddenly goes from dark to light. Don’t forget to install black-out blinds to stop natural light coming in and waking your baby during the early mornings or nap time.
You and your baby will accumulate lots of clothes, toys and gadgets over time, from newborn gifts to play gyms and books. To avoid clutter, don’t over-accessorise. For your storage needs, it’s important to invest in a decent-sized, sturdy wardrobe such as the Silver Cross Bromley Wardrobe, which has rails, a shelf and a drawer. Stick to the basic, necessary furniture to leave as much floor space as possible. Instead, walls are a fantastic blank canvas for adding personality to a room, whether it’s with wallpaper, framed prints or shelves.
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Sidesleepers for those first months
Aside from planning your newborns nursery you may also want to consider a side sleeper option such as the Voager Co-Sleeper Suitable from birth, the Voyager co-sleeper is designed to keep baby closer to you, so you both get a great nights sleep. The deep foam mattress, mesh air-flow panels and optional incline setting offers the best comfort for your little one. The quick-and-easy, compact fold makes Voyager ideal for holidays or nights away from home.
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