If you’ve read this post about the different approaches to buying baby essentials that my husband and I have taken then you won’t be surprised to hear that hubby is somewhat reluctant to start decorating or buying furniture for the nursery just yet. However, he could yet end up with egg on his face as his stalling is only resulting in me spending more time online looking at nursery ideas and coming up with new things that we absolutely, definitely must have for the baby’s nursery!
The first item that springs to mind when I think ‘nursery’ is the crib. It makes sense to me to go for a cot bed as this will last our baby for longer than a basic cot. I love white furniture in nurseries so this Kingston cot bed from Mamas and Papas has caught my eye. We saw it at the Baby Show on Friday too and it seemed to be good quality – so much white furniture is veneer and chips easily so I want something that will last without looking tired and old quickly.
I’m a big fan of IKEA for their reasonably priced and stylish furniture. We’ve got a small built-in wardrobe in the soon-to-be nursery so we don’t need a full set of furniture, but we could do with a decent chest of drawers. I’ve got my heart set on this Hemnes chest of 8 drawers. I like the combination of different size drawers and think it will provide us with the right amount of storage we need in the nursery.
IKEA are great at storage solutions and I have long been a fan of their Skubb boxes. One set of six can be arranged in various ways within a standard size draw (I already have some in a Malm chest of drawers in our bedroom) and they are great for keeping drawers tidy. I think they’ll be especially helpful in the nursery drawers as babies have such small clothes and require so many bits and bobs! I may have purchased eight sets when we popped into IKEA on the way home from the baby show on Friday…!
I think I’ve got my heart set on aqua for the walls. I’m just not quite sure which shade to go for. We are fortunate the the nursery is a fairly large double room with good light, so we could get away with a fairly bold colour, but I always tend to chicken out and go for paler shades! I really like both Lake Breeze (the bolder option) and High Altitude (a paler choice) from Valspar. I love the huge range of shades that Valspar offer as it means you can get exactly what you want (provided you know what that is, of course!).
I reckon that along the white furniture, a bit of grey and the odd touch of yellow will look great against the aqua. I’ve already purchased a gorgeous grey and white chevron blanket from Next but have been looking at other details to add to the nursery to make it less of a blank space. I’m loving the recent cloud trend and this grey cloud bunting from Mama Designs is just gorgeous, not to mention these aqua muslin squares. Yes please!
A larger grey item that I’m coveting is this Strandmon wing chair from IKEA. I love the high back and it’s quite reasonably priced when compared to nursing chairs. I saw this in IKEA last year before we were pregnant and liked it, but couldn’t find anywhere in the house to put it. I think it would make an ideal nursing chair!
I’ve also been looking at IKEA hacks on Pinterest (does anyone else lose whole days of their lives on there?) and found a great idea for turning Bekväm spice racks into bookshelves for picture books – these are a steal at £3 each so I bought 3, ready to paint and fix to the wall. I’d also like to find some lovely prints to frame and hang but haven’t found anything just right, just yet. I’ll keep looking! If you see any, let me know!
Have you got any fab ideas that would work with my nursery plans? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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