Decorating your nursery has to be one of the most exciting parts of waiting for your new baby to arrive! From choosing a theme, all the way up to picking out the sweetest accessories, we’ve got you covered with our simple step-by-step guide.
Choosing your initial theme is probably the biggest decision you’ll make when decorating your nursery. Opting for a theme should help you put together a much more focused and cohesive scheme by narrowing down your options from the many that are out there. For Theya’s nursery, Jessica chose a soft, pink woodland theme which you can read all about here. With the focus of a particular colour and set of characters, choosing bits to go in the nursery seemed a lot less daunting!
There are lots of themes to choose from, from an enchanting girly space fit for a princess, to a dreamy blue boy’s bedroom using sweet rabbits to decorate, as well as a more adventurous nautical inspired setting, or the ever-popular classic and neutral safari decor scheme. Your nursery isn’t just a place for your baby, it’s a place for you too – so choose a theme that you love!
Deciding on your soft furnishings next is a great, practical way to ensure you’re getting the options you love the most. It’s far easier to match a wall colour to curtains and bedding than it is the other way around – you don’t want to end up compromising these bits because you’ve already picked out a blue that just doesn’t quite match! Bedding and blankets will be needed to keep your little one safe and warm whilst they sleep. For curtains, we recommend using a blackout lining to help your baby settle at all times of the day and night, particularly if you live in a busy town or city where lots of extra light might get through. Rugs and cushions are entirely optional, but are the perfect way to add extra warmth to the room.
There are endless options of paint and wallpaper to choose from, and now you have your soft furnishings all ready to go, hopefully you won’t feel so overwhelmed by the choice! For paint, we recommend using a matt emulsion. Classic pinks and blues are much-loved choices to fit with a variety of themes, or else simple greys or whites will provide the perfect base to tie in beautifully with almost any decor. Wallpaper is a great alternative to inject some pattern into your nursery. As for the flooring, soft carpet is lovely for your baby to roll and crawl around on, whereas wooden floors will provide a good hard-waring surface.
Perhaps the most essential part of your nursery, the furniture you choose will play a key role in the design of your baby’s bedroom. A cot is the most vital piece you should consider, and we have a separate post about the many types available right here. You’ll also need somewhere to change your baby, and we recommend getting something with built-in storage, which you’re sure to need plenty of! All those tiny bibs, socks and accessories won’t seem so tiny once you’re finding them lying around everywhere, so this is a great opportunity to invest in a chest of drawers and a wardrobe that can be used for years to come. You might also want to consider a chair – this will be somewhere you can relax and hold your baby, and maybe even teach her to read as she grows. We love the matching furniture set above; its simple, classic design would suit many themes (click to shop).
Toys and decorative accessories see the completion of your nursery and provide the final finishing touches to tie your theme all together. Mobiles can provide entertainment for your baby, and add interest up high. Wall art provides a key focal point in the room, and is a great way to help your scheme come together. Even though your newborn baby won’t be reading quite yet, picture books always look fantastic displayed in a nursery – select your own childhood favourites to display alongside any new ones that catch your eye. Finish with a cute mix of both soft and wooden toys – little friends that your baby will grow to love!