Hands down, decorating the nursery has to be of the most exciting parts of impending parenthood. It’s your chance to revamp that tired old guest room with an array of colours, patterns and fabrics. But while unleashing your inner interior designer can be fun, it can also be overwhelming. With this in mind, we sat down JustKidding’s Visual Merchandiser Selvi Cevik (she’s the lady responsible for all those lovely room displays in our stores) and asked her to give us her top tips for designing the nursery. Here’s what she had to say…
Tips for designing the nursery #1: Create a mood board
If you’re new to the decorating game, creating a mood board is essential. Pinterest allows you to make a dedicated nursery board. Begin with broad concepts, but also pin little things that capture your imagination. Even something like a small accessory can inspire a whole nursery.
Tips for designing the nursery #2: Pick a theme
If you’re having trouble settling on a theme, consider the colour palette you’d like to use. For example, if you like sweet pastel colours you might decide to pick a candy theme. Alternatively if you like blues, greens and red, you could opt for a safari theme.
Tips for designing the nursery #3: Think outside the box
It’s really easy to be hijacked by the traditional pink and blue colour schemes for boys and girls. For something different, try a super hero theme for little boys and use black and yellow for batman or blue and red for superman. For a little girl, you could try neutral colours like white, ivory or beige to give the nursery a more modern feel.
Tips for designing the nursery #4: Go big on storage
One word: Storage. It’s amazing how much stuff little humans accumulate, so be sure to allow for a lot of storage. An organised room will also help you feel much less frantic during those first few weeks.
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Tips for designing the nursery #5: Know your space
Be sure to measure your room before you shop because the last thing you want is a room full of furniture that doesn’t fit. If space is an issue, look out for multipurpose pieces, such as the Boori Urbane Sleigh 3, which is a chest of drawers as well as a changing table.
Tips for designing the nursery #6: Pick pieces that will last
The Stokke Sleepi expands with your baby, as the mini part of the cot converts to a bigger cot, and later into a bed. The modifications mean this can be your child’s bed from newborn, right the way up to the age of 10.
Tips for designing the nursery #7: Make it comfortable
You can invest in a variety of products, such as humidifiers and nightlights that will make the room comfortable for baby. Soft cushions and a comfy armchair for when you are feeding baby are also nice touches that will make your nursery a relaxing place to be.
Tips for designing the nursery #8: Safety first
The most important thing is to make sure that baby is safe. For example, if there is a changing table in the nursery, make sure it is attached to the wall so that it can’t tip over. Click here for more safety products.