Every expectant mum and dad wants to create not only a safe and restful nursery for their new bub, but one that looks fabulous too! These pretty nursery decor ideas show that you don’t need to compromise on style when creating a functional and comfortable nursery.
Drawing on advice from stylist Nicole Rosenberg, here are five pretty ideas to inspire your nursery makeover.
1. Lively wallpaper
The great thing about wallpaper is the huge variety of different and amazing styles to choose from. From cartoon animal murals to adorable polka dots, starry skies and bold floral prints, you’re sure to find a cute design to suit your space.
Another upside for busy parents-to-be is that modern wallpaper is easy to apply and remove yourself. Also, it doesn’t leave any damage on walls. “Use a removable wallpaper that you can easily update when the child grows out of the baby room look”, Nicole suggests.
If you don’t want to commit to papering the entire wall, try running wallpaper just part way up (as shown below). Or for a unique twist, add it to the ceiling so baby has something colourful and interesting to look at!
2. Whimsical canopy
“Don’t be afraid of using playful nursery decor ideas – this is one room you can really take some risks!”, Nicole advises expectant parents.
A popular and playful trend in nursery decor right now is canopy tents, crafted in a variety of colours and materials. We especially love the dusty pink and mint styles we’re seeing, pictured below. A canopy works wonders in creating a whimsical feel in a nursery space.
Nicole recommends “using decor items, either hanging from the ceiling or hung on the wall, to give the room added interest and a sense of fun”.
Be sure to install the canopy away from the crib to avoid a curious toddler getting tangled up or tugging on it. “Safety is number one, so ensure the items you’re buying are Australian certified”, Nicole says.
Finally, don’t forget to fill your canopy with fluffy cushions and a soft rug. This will create an ideal nook for bedtime stories and snuggles.
3. Simple artwork
Not every piece of nursery decoration needs to be bold, dramatic and colourful. A simple gallery wall of four or more animal artworks looks amazing. Choose pastel and neutral tones to add interest whilst creating a restful environment for baby.
Don’t be afraid to mix up your wall hangings. We’re big fans of the understated charm of pairing cute nursery art with custom made baby name plaques and dainty shelves.
4. Natural textures
When it comes to designing a stylish nursery, Nicole loves to “add in natural tones, such as light wooden accents in the furniture and pops of greenery”.
Currently trending nursery decor ideas include loads of natural tones and textures. Think wicker chairs (perfect for nursing mums), chic woven jute rugs and seagrass storage baskets.
Add some fresh shades of green with botanical print cushions, blankets and rugs. To keep the air fresh, include a few leafy houseplants in your design. However, don’t forget to check the houseplants you’re bringing in are non-toxic!
5. Soft lighting
The addition of a soft lamp or night light is a nursery decor essential. “When feeding or checking on the baby, a soft night light that won’t disrupt their sleep is indispensable”, Nicole advises.
A cute night light or soft wall lamp is the ideal way to add practical charm to a lacklustre nursery. There are also a huge range of designs, shapes and colours to choose from. From fluffy clouds to glowing bunnies and retro pineapples, you’ll find the perfect light for every theme.
Now that you have a functional yet stylish nursery, you’re ready to welcome your new baby into your home!
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