Creating a nursery ready for a new arrival is an exciting time. It’s worth bearing in mind a few of these tips to ensure the room works for both you and your baby.
Colour A key way to create a sense of calm is through colour. Choose light wall colours and accessorise with pale hues to create an airy and soothing feel to the room. Save the bright and bold colours for toys and clothes for stimulation when they are awake! When choosing paints look for water based, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) which have a low odour, and egg-shell paints that are tough, durable and wipe clean.
Windows This is a key element of any nursery and getting it right helps in getting your little one to sleep. Lots of natural light during the day is lovely for a nursery but it’s worth thinking about blackout blinds or linings for window treatments to help keep the room as dark as possible for daytime naps and to prevent them waking with the dawn chorus.
Lighting Depending on whether it’s night or day you’ll probably need different types of lighting. A lamp with a low wattage bulb or a light on a dimmer switch will help keep lightning at a low level during night feeds and nappy changes, ideal for a good getting back to sleep routine.
Soft textures Where possible look for natural fibres and textures to create a soothing space. A lovely soft rug is lovely for babies to play on, for you underfoot and for keeping noise to minimum. Choose natural fabrics for bedding and sleepwear, good for delicate baby skin. Think about having an adult comfy chair for reading stories, cuddling and feeding. Comfort is key, especially in the middle of the night.
Organisation As with any room design, a nursery has to suit the needs of the people using it; babies for playing and sleeping and feeding, changing nappies, reading stories etc for parents. What furniture do you need - cot, changing mat, floor space to play, clothes storage space, toy and book storage, an adult chair? Don’t be afraid to pick and mix furniture for a nursery, it doesn’t all have to match and items that can be used beyond babyhood are a great investment.
The lampshade and fabric featured in the photographs are one of my designs and perfect for a baby’s nursery. The nature inspired ‘Cornish Clouds’ in soft grey and white gender neutral colours is a very gentle and calming and works well in any other room too. Cushions, lampshades and fabric by the metre are available on my website.