In response to how many parents-to-be wanted to find out the sex of their baby, Five Thirty Eight stated 58% of expectant mothers and fathers did want to find out. For the other 42%, deciding on colour schemes and themes for the baby’s nursery may prove more difficult. Between your baby sleeping, night feeds and many a sleepless night for you, it’s important to consider the nursery as a focal point for your home. In the newborn phase especially you’ll be spending a lot of time there, so choose décor that is comfortable and cosy for both you and your baby.
Will Colours Effect Your Baby?
When shuffling through paint samples, it’s important to consider the potential effects on a baby’s development certain colours can have, as well as their mood. From birth, high contrast colours like
Fire engine red is an exciting, highly emotional colour, but not the kind that will be lulling your baby to sleep anytime soon, whereas orange is actually said to create a cosy atmosphere. Shades of yellow that are too bright could disturb your baby. Trendy, more muted tones lend themselves well as an alternative. Incorporating pastel hues of the colours you love into your interior will ensure a relaxed room and space for your baby. Take inspiration from Pantone’s Ultra Violet Colour of 2018, but settle for a softer, more subtle shade of purple like lavender or mauve. Pastels and more earthy tones work well, like green which has calming qualities.
Themes Over Colours For the Nursery
Heart not set on a specific colour scheme, or fancy getting a bit more artistic? Perhaps building your baby’s nursery around a theme rather than a colour will help you to begin to nest. From woodland creatures to moons and stars, you can paint wall murals, or use stencils to transport your baby anywhere. Bring the nights sky or the seaside to the heart of their bedroom and spark their imagination from a young age. Shopping online, some retailors offer great ideas for nursey themes. Retailors like Cath Kidston (Disney), Great Little Trading Company (stars) and Babies r Us (animals) have lots of ideas. These high end High St stores are also available with great discounts if you use voucher code sites and offers from places like
For you having a theme may also mean keeping your home stylish and incorporating current interior trends. Block colours, minimalist Scandinavian chic and botanical vibes are what 2018 home trends are all about. Taking inspiration from Scandi designers, you may want to strip your nursery back to the bare necessities. Select simple, light furniture with natural, unpolished materials like untreated woods. Keep things clean with matching furniture for changing tables and storage. The obvious places are Ikea and Habitat, but also look out for Swoon Editions and India Jane.
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From blankets to prints, there are other finishing touches that’ll help to create a warm, safe environment you’ll enjoy spending lots of time in. Choose a chunky, heavy-weight knit blanket just for you for when you’re cuddled up in in the middle of the night. Select motive cushions and prints for the wall where you can confess your hopes and dreams for your child. Brush, calligraphy fonts are taking over influencer’s blogs and bullet journals this year, and one quick browse on the internet will show the same of typography prints, framed in simple, slim metal frames. And remember, upon the baby’s arrival, you’re likely to receive at least half a dozen blankets in pinks or blues, so there’s no need to go overboard.
You don’t want a room you’ll hate looking at for the stretch of endless sleepless nights feeding and inconsolable screaming fits. That said, you can probably expect to be getting the paintbrushes out in just a few years’ time to transform it into a little princess haven or Bob the Builder’s yard. Keeping the walls fairly plain and muted might work in your favour when it comes to those more electric tones they’ll be begging for, saving you time on those extra coats.