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We understand that designing the most magical nursery for your new baby or choosing that perfect personal gift for a special child can be an exciting but daunting task, so we are here to support you all the way. Here are some of our most commonly asked questions, but if you still have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Our three easy steps to designing the perfect nursery for your baby

When expecting a baby, you don’t need to be an interior designer to plan and decorate your child’s room, here is our guide to designing the perfect nursery in three easy steps.

Deciding on a colour scheme and nursery theme.

When planning your baby’s nursery, choosing a colour scheme can be a great way to get started. Your child’s nursery wall colour will be your base, and should be the dominant colour in your palette. You may opt for traditional baby blue, pastel pink, or cream for a classic look in your child’s room. Or for a gender neutral nursery a modern grey or white paint will create a modern kid’s bedroom look. If you feel bold enough to opt for bright vivid colours, then consider dark rich tones for a bolder children’s bedroom style. There is no right or wrong answer, just have fun! Once you have decided a base paint colour for your nursery walls, choose a couple of other colours to use throughout your child’s furniture, interior accessories and nursery artwork. Don’t be afraid to use different tones within each colour, as this will only add more depth to your child’s interior design.

Choosing a nursery theme for your baby’s room is another a fun way to get started in designing your child’s space. Whether you choose princesses, dinosaurs, nautical or safari animals, there is a wide range of themes to choose from. We have put together a few suggested colour palettes and theme ideas below that will suit a baby boy, baby girl or gender-neutral nursery.

Choosing the best Nursery furniture for you and your baby.

The Cot

The cot should be your investment piece in your baby’s room. Many kid’s sleep in their cot for three years or more, and some cots convert to toddler beds and even full size beds too. Choose a cot that reflects your nursery theme and child’s bedroom colour scheme. You may opt for a natural wood cot for a safari or woodland theme nursery. A sleek white or clear Perspex cot for a minimal modern nursery, or even a bright coloured cot to create a bold statement in your baby’s room. Whilst there are no exact rules on choosing a cot, vintage cribs are to be avoided to be sure that your cot meets all current UK and EU safety standards and is the safest sleeping environment for your newborn baby.   

Next you will need to choose your child’s cot bedding, and incorporating your theme into your baby’s bedding can be a wonderful way to create a real showpiece in the nursery. Be sure you invest in plenty of fitted crib sheets, and where possible opt for 100% cotton baby bedding to care for their soft sensitive newborn skin. Though a cot bumper can be a temptingly beautiful decorative nursery accessory, they are not recommended by modern safety guidelines. Children’s duvets are also not recommended for newborns, choosing a beautifully printed cute toddler duvet set is something you can look forward to doing once your child is over the age of one. You may alternatively opt for a children’s quilt, a toddler quilt can be a lighter kid’s bedding option for the summer months. High quality children’s quilted bedding can become beautiful heirloom pieces, so it is worth investing in a well made diamond stitched child’s quilt that will be loved for many years.

Finally you will need to choose a beautiful infant shawl or baby swaddle blanket to wrap your newborn up all warm and snug, again 100% cotton knit is optimal for their soft baby skin. A question asked by all new parents is ‘how should I put my baby to sleep?’ - when placing your baby into their cot to sleep, put your baby low down in the cot, so his feet are near the bottom end. Tuck in the bed sheets securely so they can't cover your baby's head. You could use a sleeveless infant sleeping bag instead of blankets, but be sure it doesn’t have a hood, and that it is the right fit for your baby.

Changing Area

The only way to make this sometimes rather smelly part of your parenting experience as pleasant as possible is to be sure you have all the essentials close to hand, which is where your changing table comes in handy!

Whether you choose a freestanding changing table or a changing mat that can be added on top of a dresser, your changing area will need to give you quick access all your baby’s accessories. You may also want to hang an interesting décor piece, such as a framed picture above the changing area to keep baby happy whilst you change them.

A Nursing Chair

Whether you opt for a rocking chair or a glider, a good nursing chair should support your back, have somewhere to rest your arms, providing gentle movement and be easy to clean. Consider adding a decorative scatter cushion to the nursing chair for additional nursery décor and lumbar support, and be sure to add a cosy infant blanket and position your nursing chair in an area of your child’s room where you will be able to reach everything you may need whilst your holding your sleeping baby. This includes a nursery lamp so that you can easily switch the light off to take forty winks yourself! Finally add a decorative picture on the wall above or next to your nursing chair, this will add style and interest to an area of your baby’s nursery that you will be spending a lot of time in. A popular choice of Artwork for this are of the room is often an alphabet print, so that you and your toddler can sit together to read stories and learn their alphabet.

Children’s Storage Ideas

You may have noticed that the tiniest people need a lot of things. Toys, book, clothes, bedding, blankets and all those wonderful newborn gifts your baby may get. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your child’s storage.

Open baskets, tubs or floor bin storage is great for infant blankets, kid’s toys and baby accessories. If you have space for a wardrobe then make sure you opt for one that has both a hanging rail and shelves to maximise storage space for those cute tiny baby clothes. Consider repurposing a vintage wardrobe to create a real centrepiece in your child’s room. Book shelves can also be a lovely way to display your favourite childhood story books and nursery illustrations. Think a mixture of framed children’s prints, kid’s toys, books and baby ornaments on a shelf to create a feature wall in your child’s bedroom.

Nursery décor and the soft finishing touches.

Children’s curtains, fabrics and light shades

We have covered baby bedding and cushions above, but let’s not forget nursery curtains! Dressing your child’s bedroom windows is often overlooked, but it has a big impact on the nursery style. Whether you choose fabric curtains or a blind, try to incorporate your nursery theme and colour palette in this large area of your child’s bedroom design. Beautifully printed draped children’s cotton curtains can create a luxurious traditional feel in your child’s nursery, but a simple blind can keep a more modern look in your kid’s room. Use printed children’s fabric and colours that reflect your nursery theme in both your kid’s curtains and lampshade fabrics. Matching your child’s lightshade to their curtains will create a cohesive look in your nursery styling.

Another on trend key nursery décor piece, is a baby playmat. A large kid’s floor mat is a bit like a children’s rug, in that is can make a child’s room feel cosier, warmer and well decorated, but a playmat can also be a soft place to lay baby for tummy time, or a great place for a child to play with their toys or read. When not being used, your child’s playmat can be rolled up and stored away, left out on the floor for added bedroom decoration or even taken out and about with you. Opt for a playmat with plenty of colour and character, to create a real statement piece within your’s child’s floor area.

Choosing the best Artwork for your child’s space

A baby’s nursery should be somewhere inviting and comfortable, where you can welcome your newborn home. So it is important to choose wall art pictures for your nursery design that you personally fall in love with and that speak to you from the moment you set eyes on them.

How to hang a picture frame?

Take a look at our expert guide on how to choose and hang your child’s pictures.

Whether you are hanging a single eye-catching framed print in your baby’s nursery or turning your kid’s bedroom wall into a feature with a collection of picture frames, it’s important to know how to hang pictures correctly, in order to make them look their best. Take a look at our expert guide on how to hang your child’s pictures securely, in the correct light and with the right mounting tools so you can admire them for years to come.

Deciding where to hang your child’s paintings

A strong focal point within a child’s room is usually above their cot, bed or changing area, as this is where your baby will gaze at their pictures the most. A large painting hung over a cot will give maximum impact, but placing a smaller picture in a large area will give a more minimal look to your child’s room, so the print size you choose will depend not only on your wall space, but also on the style you are trying to achieve in your nursery. From our smallest 10 x 8 inch print size, to our largest 36 x 24 inch print, we offer a wide range of wall art prints to suit any size child’s room or baby’s nursery. So whether you are looking for a single print or a set of prints for your child’s bedroom, we have many size options to suit all spaces. (note: not all prints come in all sizes, so please do check the product description of the pictures you are interested in for the available sizes). It is also important to hang your print away from prolonged direct sunlight or damp to ensure your print remains in tip top condition.

 

Mounting and framing pictures

We include a card surround, called a mount or matting, to many of our children’s prints to add presentation and protection to the picture with a border. The overall mount & print paper size are the same, the matting lays on top of the print, but is not attached and can easily be removed. To check the inner matting/image area dimensions for a particular picture please refer to the product description.

What type of Frame should I buy for my print?

If you are sourcing your own picture frame for your Daisy & Bump print then we recommend choosing a high quality frame with acid-free mount and backing board to protect and ensure the longevity of your print. The size you will need depends on the print, so please refer to the table below:

Unfortunately we do not offer a custom print size service at this time, so if you already have a frame, please do send us a message with your frame details so that we may suggest the closest fit before ordering a print. We leave plenty of white space around our images for trimming, so if you would like to visit your local framers to have custom mounts made to fit our prints into your picture frame, then we would be happy to offer advice on this too. (To check image/inner matting sizes, see the product descriptions).

Daisy & Bump’s Framing Service

When you order one of our white pine wood framed prints, you can be sure you will receive a beautiful picture frame with no dents, marks or imperfections, because not only are all our frames made locally in England, but we meticulously quality check all our picture frames and mounts to ensure they are 100% perfect. And with a slight texture in the soft wood moulding, our picture frames complement our prints so beautifully. To be sure we are providing the safest pictures to hang above your baby’s cot, changing table, or bedroom wall, we use acrylic (safety Perspex) in all of our picture frames. Just as clear and protective as glass, acrylic looks beautiful, but is very difficult to break and will not shatter, making it a safer option for your child’s environment. We also seal the frame and attach the picture cord so that it is ready to hand on your child’s wall straight away! To read more on our framing service please click here.

 

At what height should paintings or pictures be hung on a wall?

We often get asked how high should I hang my pictures? The golden rule of hanging a picture is to have the centre of the photo be at 57 inches from the floor, so that you do not have to strain your neck to see them. This reflects the standard eye-height of the average person, and is used as a standard in most art galleries and museums. However this rule isn’t always true when planning a child’s space, particularly if you are following the Montessori method, in which case you may wish to hang your child’s art pictures much lower down on their bedroom wall, at the child’s eye level. If doing this, please ensure your child can be trusted not to pull the picture from the wall for safety reasons.

Picture hanging kit

Here’s a list of tools and equipment you may need in order to hang your child’s pictures safely and securely depending on the size of your pictures and your wall type. If you are unsure on what you need for your wall type, hardware stores will be able to advise further.

  • Tape measure
  • Painters tape (gentler than masking tape)
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Spirit level
  • Hammer and Drill
  • Picture hooks
  • Tacs (for plasterboard)
  • Rawlplugs and screws (for masonry)
  • Picture hanging wire or cord (Our frames already come with cord)

Fixing pictures to your child’s bedroom wall

Hold your picture up to the wall and place a strip of painters tape above it. Mark each end of the picture on the tape and put aside the picture. To find the centre divide the width of the frame by two and measure the distance from the marks on the tape and mark this centre point on the tape. Most pictures will only need one central hanger, but our largest size may require two hooks set at equal distance either side of the central point. Next, take your picture and measure the back from the top of the frame to the point the picture will hang and transfer this to the wall with a pencil down from the bottom edge of the painter’s tape.

How to ensure that a painting or picture is hung straight?

Ask someone to guide you while you hold the frame against the wall, then double check with a spirit level your picture is straight. Protect your walls by placing felt sticky pads at the back bottom of each corner and this will also help your picture from moving.

How to create a gallery arrangement of artworks on your child’s wall        

Whether you are hanging a triptych (set of three), four or six prints all of the same size, or different sizes, symmetry is essential when hanging a collection of framed wall pictures in your child’s nursery. Using the same frames throughout your child’s room will create a cohesive balanced look. Start with the large central artwork as a main focus and then hang other framed pictures around it, possibly in pairs. A good way to work out your picture display is to create a mock paper version first. Draw on paper around each frame and cut out templates for each picture then arrange with blue tack to perfect your wall arrangement. A top tip for hanging your wall picture gallery is to maintain a horizontal or portrait line through your frame arrangement to give it balance, below are some suggested layout ideas.

How do I personalise my baby’s picture?

Adding a name, birth date and special message to your child’s print.

Whether you are looking for a special newborn gift, christening present, birthday or baby shower activity, we can customise your picture with a personalised baby’s name, date and a special message to make it a truly heartfelt, original and thoughtful children’s gift. Where we can add this customisation differs depending upon the picture, so please check the example displayed in the product’s images. Then simply enter your child’s name and date in the entry boxes provided on the product page, double checking all is entered correctly, and we will do the rest! If you would like to see how your child’s personalised print will look please email us prior to ordering to receive a proof image.

Can you customise the artwork?

We offer a variety of different custom colour and character options in our children’s illustrations, so please do check the product drop down menus and images to see all the options available. If you still feel there is something missing though, please do email us and we will do our best to help. We are often asked if our British illustrator Jessica can paint a special unique custom picture for their baby’s nursery, and whilst we would love to offer this service, she is currently unable to do this, however she does welcome all suggestions and many artworks and options have been subsequently added as a result of customer requests.

Can you gift wrap my present?

We can gift wrap your baby gift with our cute Daisy & Bump pencil sketched children’s gift wrap paper, add a gift message on a pretty gift tag and tie it all up with a beautiful twine bow. And for that extra special little someone we can also handwrite your gift message in one of our Daisy & Bump greetings card and seal it all inside one of our luxury blush pink or grey gift boxes. To read more on our gift wrap service click here.

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