Designing Your Dream Nursery – From Deciding On A Theme, To The Finest Detail…

February 3, 2017
Bronwyn Williams
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by Ame Rukwongsa

There are so many things to do when you’re pregnant. From attending antenatal classes and medical appointments to buying clothes and buggies, preparing for a baby can seem almost as exhausting as having one! And one important task is designing the nursery – your child’s very first room, and the place where you will no doubt spend many sleepless nights. No wonder, then, that people want to get their nurseries exactly right. In this article we talk through the basics of designing your own beautiful nursery, from deciding on a theme to getting your other kids involved.


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Image by Jamison Himer

Themed Nurseries

Your nursery doesn’t have to have a theme, but it can help bring the room together. You could start with some sample colours or fabrics and build up your ideas from there. Alternatively, you could theme the room around a particular character or book that you loved from childhood – think Wind in the Willows or Winnie The Pooh. If you’re not sure how to begin, try making a mood board: a collection of images and colour and fabric samples that give an idea of what you like when it comes to children’s rooms. Put them all together and you should be left with a good insight into how you’d like the nursery to look.

Sorting the Practicalities

Once the theme has been confirmed, it’s important to sort out the practicalities. Having a baby involves a lot of ‘stuff’ – nappies, wipes, clothes, creams, milk bottles and everything else – so good nurseries incorporate storage space into their design. For example, you could put up some shelves on the wall and place boxes on top for various different items. Open hanging canvas shelves are also a good option, as they’re cheap and come in various neutral colours that you can match with anything.

Most importantly, be sure to get a good cot for the baby in natural materials and a nursing chair where you can sit comfortably.

How to Involve Older Siblings

Involving the children already in the house is a vital consideration for parents who are preparing for a second or third child. It’s easy for kids to feel left out when everyone is excited about the upcoming new arrival, but helping you design a nursery is a great way to get your children involved in preparations.

Why not ask them to choose some colours and fabrics that they like? If you’re feeling creative, you could even prepare a scavenger hunt around the new room when it’s finished to give them a chance to explore the results of their hard work. There are lots of creative ways to involve older kids in this process, and it’ll help them get just as excited about the new member of the family as you are.

Those are just some basic ideas on how to create a nursery for your child. Designing it both to look good and work on a practical level are vital, as is involving everyone in the family. Once you’ve finished this nesting process you can sit back, relax and look forward to the arrival of your little one.