Top tips for planning a stylish, baby-safe nursery
22nd March 2021
Planning a nursery is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of preparing for a new arrival. Whether you’re newly pregnant or have an older baby or toddler who will soon be moving into their own room, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to nursery décor. Here, we set out our top tips for planning a stylish and baby-safe nursery…
Find your vibe
While you might not want to base your nursery décor around a single novelty theme, it certainly helps to have an idea of the type of ‘vibe’ you’d like to create. Pay attention to the rest of your home…. for example, you might be a fan of colour and pattern, which is the perfect basis for a fun, playful nursery. Or if your style is more paired back, a nursery decorated with neutral colours will feel calm and relaxed.
If you don’t know where to start, head to Pinterest or pick up your favourite magazines for inspiration.
Focus your colour palette
No matter what your style, throw too many colours in the mix and your decor plans become a hot mess! When it comes to planning a nursery or children’s bedroom in particular, we’d recommend selecting 1-2 main colours with 2-3 accent colours.
By limiting your colour palette in this way, the room will feel pulled together and cohesive (even if it isn’t always neat and tidy!) A slightly restricted palette also helps to narrow down choices, which can make selecting items for your nursery a little less overwhelming.
For more ideas on choosing the perfect nursery palette, take a look at Earthborn’s Instagram throughout this month, where we’re showcasing some dreamy nursery décor inspiration.
Before jumping ahead with the fun bits of nursery décor, there are a few things you’ll need to make room for. As most nurseries tend to be on the smaller size, it’s even more important to consider practical furniture choices. A chest of drawers that doubles as a changing table, a cot that turns into a toddler bed and storage that extended up the walls are all ways to save space and ensure long-term use.
Repurposing furniture by giving it a fresh coat of paint is another great way to save money and make your nursery space truly unique. We have a couple of practical finishes that are perfect for updating children’s cots, toys and furniture – click here for more info.
Make ethical, sustainable choices
Along with a reduced environmental impact, products with true eco credentials tend to be better for your baby too. Organic cotton bedding for example, is said to be better for babies’ sensitive skin. And paints that are free from VOCs and harmful emissions help to create a safer living environment for your little ones.
Even if you’re planning a nursery for a newborn, it won’t be long before they’re on the move. There’s loads of advice online on how to baby-proof your home, but in a nursery this can include things like securing furniture to a wall, using plug socket protectors and ensuring toiletries and medicines are kept out of reach.
Use paint that has been certified as safe to use on children’s toys and choose mattresses and textiles specifically designed for children’s use.
Have you recently decorated a nursery using Earthborn? We’d love to see your photos! So please do tag us in your social media posts. And if you’re at the planning stage of a nursery décor project, head to our Instagram for inspiration.