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Today’s guest post is from Ursula Wesselingh, founder of Room to Bloom, an interior design company catering exclusively for children’s rooms. She gives us her tips on making the most out of your baby’s nursery to turn it into a stunning space that’s relaxing, fun and beautiful. And don’t forget to check out her Instagram for the most gorgeous, inspiring decorating ideas.
Although many infants don’t start sleeping in their nursery until they are 3 months or older, eventually they will need a room of their own – to sleep, for nappy changing, clothes storage and accommodating a growing collection of toys. So where do you start when decorating your baby’s room?
1. Consider the room’s location and other practicalities
If you have a choice, choose a quiet room close to your bedroom so you don’t have to walk far at night. Make sure you can adequately heat and ventilate the room, and take care of any repairs, such as creaking floorboards and sticking doors – you don’t want to wake your baby when checking up on them. Make sure you have enough sockets for lights and monitors, and install a dimmer switch for the main. If your windows let in a lot of light, consider black-out blinds or curtain linings to help your baby sleep.
2. Stay true to your style
Is your interiors style contemporary, traditional, or an eclectic mix? To ensure longevity, your nursery design should reflect your own personal style. It’s important that you feel happy in it, as much as it is about being a calming, healthy and practical room for your baby to sleep in.
3. Look for inspiration and create a mood board
Start searching the internet and magazines for pictures that inspire you and collect them in a file or Pinterest board. From your collection, select one thing that you absolutely love and let this be the inspiration for the design of your nursery. It could be anything – an image, a piece of fabric, a piece of furniture, a print. This is the start of your mood board. It will help you select furniture, colours and materials that “go with each other” and keep your ideas focused.
4. Measure up and select your main pieces
Measure the room and draw up a floorplan. This will help you see how to make best of the space and check where furniture will fit. Somewhere to sleep, a changing station, a feeding chair and some storage are the essentials. Although babies don’t need much storage initially, keep future storage needs in mind when designing the room. Wardrobes or armoires add character and can be useful for toy and other storage until you need it fully for clothes. Don’t be tempted by child-sized versions – your child will outgrow these very quickly. A chest of drawers can double up as a changing station so will last beyond the nappy changing stage.
5. Decide on the room’s focal point and keep it simple
Decide what the room’s focal point should be – is it the cot, that beautiful fireplace, a piece of art? Guided by your moodboard, build the room up around this, and keep the rest of the room decor simple so your focal point has room to shine. It’s easy to over-decorate with so much cute baby stuff out there, but there will be plenty of opportunity to personalise the room as your child gets older. Keeping the nursery simple will also make it easier to adapt.