Today, we enter into uncharted territory. We'll be exploring a new topic, one that I've never covered before (or even considered, for that matter). Yes, today we are going to be talking about Nursery Design.
Speaking on a very personal level, I am just NOT a fan of nurseries that feature extremely bright colours, decals, or "baby" themes. I believe that a nursery should reflect the style of the rest of the home, instead of looking like you've stepped into a play school when you enter it.
Picking a neutral colour for a nursery is a great way to keep the room looking like an actual room, rather than a nursery rhyme come to life. I love soft grey paint for a wall colour for two reasons: 1) It's gender neutral (if you're a fan in assigning genders to colours), and 2) it goes with almost everything. For our nursery at home, we picked Benjamin Moore OC-52 "Gray Owl" (previously "Snowball" if your paint fan is older!). You could also consider a clean, bright white, or if you're set on doing a colour, a soft green.
When it comes to decorating the nursery, the options are limitless. This is where the "baby" stuff comes in. Decor is easily updated to reflect how your little one grows. By starting with fairly simple decor, you can easily begin to add in pieces that represent the personality of your child as they get bigger!
Mobiles are an adorable way to add some whimsy to a baby nursery, and can still be used in the toddler stage. Handmade or store bought, I love all of the above (especially the cloud with the gold stars!). Your baby will love gazing up at a beautiful mobile, and you'll still feel that the room is stylish!
How else can you up the style of a nursery? Clever & cute prints, colourful area rugs, and plants are great ways to put sophisticated style into the room. Just remember to keep any spiky succulents away from sensitive little fingers!
I love the use of the emerald green wardrobe as a change table (above, right). By adding a simple change mat to the top, it has been transformed into a multi-use piece of furniture. And once the little one is potty trained it will still be used!
There are so many beautiful ways to design a nursery to reflect your personal style. By starting off with a simple base design, you'll be able to style your nursery however you please!