So you think nursery decor is all pastels and frills? Not so. Here’s how to future-proof your baby’s room
Turning the spare room (if you’re lucky enough to have one) into your new baby’s bedroom is the fun, exciting and creative bit of parenting – the part that doesn’t involve pain relief, nappies or sleepless nights. But before you order in the pastel pink paint, matching furniture and cute teddy bear accessories, remember your child won’t be a baby for very long. Unless you plan on redecorating every couple of years, minimise cost and effort by thinking long term. Look for furniture that can multi-task and decor that can be easily removed and cheaply updated.
When it comes to wall decorations, think non-permanent. Instead of wallpaper, use transfers and stickers that can be easily changed for different designs as your child grows.
Choose Cheap Frames
Buy inexpensive clip frames or untreated wooden ones you can paint – go for mismatched ones for a more eclectic feel – then just add pictures and photos. Frame favourite postcards or buy prints from art.co.uk. And make a montage of family photos – babies are fascinated by faces and love recognising familiar ones.
Use Bold Colours
Don’t make the nursery too gender specific with pink and blue, instead go for alternatives like grey or mint green. Don’t be scared to use strong colours, either. Kids will love vibrant orange, purple or yellow – just paint one wall, so it’s easier to change in the future. We love this bold and colourful striped feature wall. Use tester paint pots and masking tape to recreate the look at home.
Buy A Convertible Cot
For longevity, buy a cotbed that converts into a toddler-sized bed. We heart this investment one by Oeuf (£655, Nubie), which suits children from birth to around age six. Or try the Summer Oak Cotbed (£199, Mothercare).
It’s worth buying good-quality furniture, as it can be used in different ways. Skip the bulky changing table with a limited lifespan, and invest in a stylish chest of drawers or dresser. Then just top with a changing pad with raised sides (£15, John Lewis) and secure.