Unique Nursery Decorating Ideas
Looking for inspiration for your baby’s room? With all the options and nursery design trends available, a nursery no longer has to be a traditional affair. This means you can get creative when it comes to decorating your little one’s space and you can implement ideas that are suitable for baby but are also interesting enough for design-conscious adults to appreciate. To help you get cracking with your creativity, we’ve compiled a collection of unique nursery decorating ideas that will make this cosy cove the favourite room in your home.
Start by Choosing a Unique Crib
Since a crib is what your baby is going to be using in the nursery the most, we suggest that you make this one of your first purchases.
With so many different types of cribs available, you can choose something unique that will set the trend for the rest of the nursery décor items to follow. Try something modern or original, such as a moon-shaped or oval crib.
Go for Grey
Whether you know the gender of your baby or prefer the element of surprise, grey is a great go-to colour for a nursery. Use different shades of grey to create a warm and inviting neutrally-toned room.
This colour works with any bold accent shade. You can use it to create patterns in the room or if you prefer a soft uncluttered look, simply use it to subtly accentuate plain white walls.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use Bold Patterns and Colours
While grey is a great base colour, feel free to accentuate with bright and bold colours too.
Research shows that a baby’s retina easily absorbs the contrasting colours of black and white, thus sending strong visual signals to the brain. Recent studies, however, show that the same applies to bright contrasting colours and patterns.
Unique areas to include these colours and patterns are:
- On wallpaper
- In a wall mural
- Upholstery and other textiles
- A throw-rug
- The ceiling
Babies love to be rocked to sleep. But instead of investing in a traditional rocking chair, why not soothe baby by using a hanging chair or a modern contemporary rocker?
You can also stray away from the traditional mobile designs and hang something sweeter and more original over the crib for baby to coo over. In fact, it’s quite trendy to personalise a baby’s cot mobile these days and perhaps you could get something custom-made to fit in with your colour scheme?
Use Baby’s Name as a Focal Point
Using letters to spell out your baby’s name is another idea that will add a unique and creative edge to a nursery. You can frame and mount letters to the wall, get wooden cut-outs of his or her name, get sheets and pillows monogrammed or even paint baby’s initials onto the wall and/or furniture.
Make a Growth Chart
Your baby is going to grow quicker than you ever imagined and you’re going to want to remember their tiny stature along with all of their important and special milestones. That’s why we think that installing a chart in their room to track your little one’s height is a great idea.
You can download a growth chart from the internet and print it at home or if you are creative, you can design and paint your own chart for a more customised approach. Even a neatly painted plank of wood can be turned into a large human-sized ruler so that it can keep a tally of your baby’s growth – and how unique would that be!
Get Creative with Storage
It’s quite incredible how much one tiny person needs. You’re going to need a good amount of storage space for toys, nappies, clothes, toiletries and books. To keep things interesting, we suggest you create a combination of different easy-to-access storage solutions. Think “cabinets, baskets and drawers, wooden shelves, interesting bookcases, and cupboard dividers”.
You can also:
- Give the back of shelves a coat of bright and colourful paint to liven up the room in an interesting way.
- Repurpose a kitchen cart. A cart (like the one you would keep your fruit and veg in) is a great storage solution when it comes to nappy changing. You can use the containers to neatly arrange wipes, nappies, toiletries, and burp cloths.
- Mount small items that you use regularly onto the wall (to double up as a decorative feature). For example, you can glue clothes pegs onto a rustic or unique-looking plank of wood to hang a little girl’s headbands on.
Remember – baby’s room doesn’t need to be overloaded with unique items to look attractive and interesting. Sometimes a less cluttered and minimalist approach makes for a creative space where baby can be content.
- Baby’s Nursery Design Ideas – Consumer Reports