If you’re tasked with the job of creating a nursery for two children you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find some tips and inspiration on how to furnish and finish a dream nursery or bedroom for two. Invest in furniture that will grow with your children, look at wardrobes, cots and dresser drawers on legs with an option for storing items underneath. Discover super-easy (and changeable) ways to decorate their room in style.
Nikki is mummy to Instagram stars Cassie and Rio and she’s recently overhauled their bedroom. Nikki created her dream space around two Stokke Sleepi Beds. The Stokke Sleepi starts off its life as a bedside crib, and has the ability to grow with your child up to the age of ten years.
“The beds have removable side rails, a height adjustable mattress base as well as lockable swivel wheels. I love how easy they are to move around which we do quite a lot when we want to play! We decided to trial Rio without the side panel and he’s actually been such a superstar since and loves that he can escape in the morning all by himself!” she says.
The life of a Stokke Sleepi
Sleepi Mini Cot, Stokke
Sleepi Oval Crib, Stokke
Sleepi Junior Bed, Stokke
Think about colour
If you’re designing a mixed gender nursery you’ll need to think about colour. Green and yellow are go-to colours for a gender neutral nursery or kids’ room, but I also recommend looking at incorporating a beautiful shade of grey, which will look timeless.
Chalk paint is bang on-trend right now, not to mention lots of fun. Annie Sloan has a beautiful collection of colours to chose from to suit every taste. Wall decorations are also big right now, and if you want to avoid going the whole hog with wallpaper, sticker or wall decorations are a brilliant alternative to brighten up any room.
Nursery colours don’t have to be restricted to wallpaper or paint either, the Stokke Sleepi comes in a range of beautiful colours to suit every nursery theme. “I went for mint green and think they are the perfect colour for their room.” says Nikki.
When considering interiors in a bedroom for two, it’s worth looking at ways you can save on space. If you’re after a changer for baby, why not invest in a pair of drawers with changer on top, or a changer that fits over the cot?
In a bedroom for two, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll need to invest in a sturdy wardrobe, especially if you have girls with dresses that require hanging space.
Look for a matching 2-piece bundle, like this beautiful set by Silver Cross, you’ll no doubt find it cheaper to buy both together.
Wardrobe and Dresser, Silver Cross
Inspo for dreamy nursery walls
Butterfly Wall Decoration, PomPom
Chalk paint, Annie Sloan
Butterfly Wall Decoration, PomPom
When lighting your kids’ room I recommend getting a dimmer switch for your overhead lights, and make sure it’s one that dims right down to ‘off’, as some of them don’t – and once your eyes adjust, the light can still be really bright, even on the darkest setting. I found our good old dimmer switch so useful for nighttime feeds in the early days, as well as story time to wind them down before bed in a sleepy setting.
Black out blinds
Black out blinds and curtains are a must-buy for any baby or toddler room, as light can really affect their sleep. Ensure you’ve taken every measure to get that room as dark as possible once lights are out!
Night lights are a must in both the absence of a dimmer switch, and also for older children, who need a comforting glow to help them sleep.
Nikki says “We have a projector night light from Tiny Love which both Cassie and Rio love. We put it on when we tuck them into bed. We also have a small portable one from Shnuggle which is always in reaching distance for Cassie for when she needs to go to the loo. Rio also has his favourite Ewan The Dream Sheep to cuddle at night too!
Night Light Thermometer, Shnuggle
Ewan The Dream Sheep, Sweet Dreamers
Projector Nightlight, Tiny Love
Let your children can express themselves by choosing their own bedding. There are so many beautiful prints on duvets and bedsheets sheets on the market, think unicorns or rockets, footballs or fairies.
“Some more of my must-haves include our Silky Tots bedsheets and pillow cases. Cassie and Rio have eczema and after much research, I found that silk doesn’t absorb the natural oils in skin and hair, so actually helps heal dry skin and eczema.” says Nikki.
“It also greatly reduces the friction that causes knotty hair, so they have been a win-win for us! Their aden + anais muslin blankets are our favourite, we have loved them since the day Cassie was born! In the summer sometimes the babies would use their large swaddles as blankets as they are super soft!”
100% Silk Cot Sheets, Silky Tots
Silky Soft Dream Blanket, aden + anais
Grey Sprinkles Pillow Case, Silky Tots
Most parents will invest in a baby monitor, and it’s important to consider whether you need one able to view both children or just one depending on their age and your preference.
Nikki recommends the Cubo baby monitor.” I have set up their Cubo baby monitor in the corner of the room! Some of the footage is golden already and I’m sure there’s much more to come which I will share!”
I also recommend Motorola and Tommee Tippee branded monitors, having used both personally.
Baby Monitor, Cubo Al – US only
Halo+ Over The Crib Monitor, Motorola
Closer to Nature, Tommee Tippee
Shop the extras
So there you have it! If you’ve checked off the essentials in the above list, all that’s left to do is add character to the room with a few added extras. We’ve included a variety of items for inspiration. Toddlekind’s brand new playmats have been designed to look fantastic in any room in the house, and I think they make a fabulous addition to a child’s bedroom. Storage boxes are a must with two children equating to double the toys, and a book rack can be a great space saver too.
Whatever products you decide on, enjoy this time – creating a magical bedroom for two is such a special thing to do, we hope you’ve enjoyed our tips.
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