Speedy ways to create a new-look nursery whether you’re having a boy or girl - or just want to update your toddler’s room
Your diary is bursting and your to-do list feels like it’s never getting done. What will be your baby’s nursery is still an uninspiring spare room (now that you’ve run out of time for creating a lovingly hand-painted bunny mural) and, anyway, you don’t even know if you’re having a boy or girl.
Relax. Our inspiring ideas for unisex nurseries can be put together in a single afternoon (and there’s not so much as a hint of beige. Promise).
Main Pic Credit: Loupe Images
Choose A Bold Colour Cot
A bold cot in a primary colour works well for both genders, and adds a striking focal point to a neutral room. We heart the Izziwotnot Skyline Cot (£299, amazon.co.uk). You can also add bright touches with multicoloured lanterns and bunting. They’ll create an instant baby-friendly feel – and your newborn will love looking at them as her eyesight develops. Visit notonthehighstreet.com for a selection, which can be personalised. Or get creative and make some!
Make A Feature
Feature walls and graphic stripes turn a boring box room into a baby boudoir with a difference. Pick out complementary paint shades or wallpaper to create a statement look. If you don’t have time to decorate, just invest in a colourful rug.
New Ways To Do Neutral
If you want a calming but quirky space, stick to a palette of pale colours, such as grey, eggshell blue and cream, teamed with wooden floors and eclectic furniture. Clever use of pictures, such as antique maps (you’ll find a wealth at etsy.com/shop/oldmapsandprints), black-and-white photographs and vintage prints, add real charm to a pared-back room. (see main pic at top)
It’s OK To Clash Colours
Mix it up and clash colours together – traditional pink and blue, brights and pastels – to create a nursery that turns tradition on its head. Keep the walls and floor simple, and use furniture to add pops of colour. Revamp existing pieces by adding a coat of paint, or Ikea has two inexpensive and colourful kids’ ranges (Mammut and Stuva, ikea.com) that create the same feel. Contemporary artworks add an edge, too – browse on art.co.uk for inexpensive canvas prints.
An All White Nursery
Take your baby’s room back to basics, and start with white walls and floor as a blank canvas. Add a simple portable cot (£559, stokke.com) and plain wood or white shelving units. The colour and character of the room will come from your child’s toys and keepsakes, which will collect as she grows.
Even parents with zero artistic talent can transform a room with wall stickers. They are super-easy to apply, and can be removed without any fuss, as your baby grows and her tastes evolve. Visit mywallstickers.co.uk and nubie.co.uk.
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