When I found out I was pregnant not only was I very excited about meeting my baby but that I also had a new room to decorate! I love decorating and love making a mood board. I’m also lucky enough to have a very clever father who once upon a time used to design film sets and now has turned his hand to interior design.
Upon taking on the task of transforming our spare room – goodbye guests, hello baby – I asked my father for his help and advice. He said just make sure you use a neutral on the walls and on your larger pieces of furniture; these things will stay with you for a long time. You can add as much colour, as you want to the room through decorations, rugs, art, and curtains. Meaning you can update the room easily as he grows.
Our spare room was already a soft grey with pops of yellow and hints of dark grey. I decided to use this pallet for the nursery as well. I wanted the room to be colourful and tasteful, somewhere I would like to spend time as well as my baby. I believe you me you spend many an hour sitting feeding staring at the four walls of a nursery! Having fallen in love with the Nostalgia range from Silver Cross, a beautiful collection that was simple and reminded me of my cot as a child. We built the room around these pieces, measuring out how they would best fit in the room and what this would look like. Once we worked out the space for the cot and changing table, the two vital pieces of furniture in a nursery we could start adding pops of colour and texture.
As you all know having a baby is expensive but it is well worth spending money on a cot and changing table as this will be with you for many years to come. I knew when I received the Nostalgia set it would grow with my child. Beyond that, you can skimp on the rest – there are some great finds on the high street.
So after spending hours on Pinterest and playing with the a mood board app on my iPad, I put together my dream nursery. Finding bight a bright yellow chair and footstool from IKEA that made for the perfect feeding chair and compared to most armchairs was incredibly reasonable. This became the main pop of colour in the room. Having received our cot bed and changing table from Silver Cross, I was very much inspired by their Zoobaloo bedding range, which featuresGiraffes, lions, zebras and elephants. Animals quickly became the theme. With a fabulous elephant wall light from Zzzoolight and a beautiful circus mobile from Liberty, I was well on my way to a colourful but chic nursery…
The nursery is still evolving so I don’t feel it needs to perfect before they are born. As long as you have a beautiful cot and changing table and somewhere to feed, the room can grow with them. Remember they can’t see properly at first and their vision and awareness grows with age so finding new things to add to the room creates interest for them as they grow. My nearest addition is a pin board to add pictures and memories too. Also whilst visiting a small shop recently I found some beautiful circus-inspired prints by artist called Petra Boase, which is yet to be framed! The next big project is pom-pom trimmed curtains…
To shop the interiors mentioned in the article see below:
Nostalgia 3-Piece Nursery Furniture Set, Silver Cross
Zoobaloo Cot Bed Quilt, Silver Cross
Strandmon Wing Chair, IKEA
Strandmon Footstool, IKEA
Elephant Wall Light, Zzzoolight Collection, Officina Crea
Big Top Mobile, Pehr & Petit Pehr, Liberty London
Giraffe Lamp, Johnathan Adler
Risograph Prints, Petra Boase
Words: Lara Chalfin