It’s easy to walk into a high street nursery shop or the nursery section of a department store and purchase a matchy matchy nursery set in generic colours and styles for the new baby, they even do matching toys and accessories, right?
In the next few photos I’ve put together a few simple and contemporary looks for baby using a simplistic set of quality String shelves in white ash. I purchased them from Utility Design for £109 (for the set ) they are easy to install, and are beautiful quality:
They are a design classic which I love, though you can find more budget friendly options in Ikea, such as buying three of these and positioning one above the other:
I also rate the Rose in April shelves which are good value at £69 and come in a range of stylish colours, and clean white:
The secret to a stylish nursery is to keep your walls fairly neutral; a pale grey or white (or go with a muted pastel such as mint or dusky pastel pink) .This makes a lovely blank canvas for adding bright or monochrome styled accessories.
I’ve used white as a backdrop, in both our nursery corner and in my boys room, but it’s anything but boring.
Look 1. Muted Pastels
Modern Pastel nursery style
Look one shows my ombré raindrop garland in lemon/gold and through to pink, which makes it quite versatile and can be used to blend pastels in a room. I can make these to suit any colour scheme, but particularly like this soft blend.
Modern pastels are sophisticated but sweet, and I’ve added a Supergirl print from Miniwilla, soft grey swan from Ilka Design and a fun Kokeshi doll from the amazing Sketch Inc.
These cute grey robot cards are applied to the wall with washi tape, and come from Wonder and Rah on Etsy. I’ve raided my children’s Sonny Angel collection (find a large selection at retrokids.com) and that little cloud is by Pixi Stuff, again, find a selection through stockists retrokids.com.
Not only does monochrome look stylish, it is also very stimulating for baby.
This look features my simple milk bottle garland in white and our lovely milk bottle rattle by The Milk Collective from The Modern Nursery. A large muslin swaddle blanket from Modern Burlap (there’s many stockists of this brand in the UK such as Yellow Lolly and This Modern Life) .
Wooden items such as the personalised pennant from This Paper Book, and handmade blocks from Myla and Oscar tie in a Scandinavian, natural inspired feel, and the Russian dolls are by Sketch Inc at The Pippa and Ike Show.
The brightest and most fun of my schemes, this is a very easy look to achieve. Mix bright accessories in contrasting colours to build a rainbow look, though it’s crucial you don’t overload it, and keep furniture and walls very pale and simple so the colours don’t all fight against each other!
Our rainbow and cloud garland is the perfect gender neutral garland to go with a bright theme, though I make several different styles that would suit as well.
I’ve discovered the amazing Mama Designs
online for the most stylish baby sleeping bags, and bright cellular blankets, as well as being gorgeous quality. There is such attention to detail and the colours and styles are way more contemporary than most of the things you’ll find on the local high street, as well as being gender neutral.
Mama Designs cellular blanket
Check out the brilliant Molly Meg
for bright pops of colour such as this Grimms Rainbow, and fox mask.
Our sparkly blue marquee light has been exquisitely made by hand and is from Gingerrocksdesigns on Etsy. Each one is lovingly made by a mum of four, and they come in a brilliant range of styles and colours. It’s the perfect finishing touch and the ideal size for adorning a shelf.
Biggest trend in nursery design: Clouds! Seen just about everywhere but no signs of abating, I’ve used clouds but worked them into a clean, modern nursery look.
I’m a little bit in love with our mini Lucky Boy Sunday friends, Mini Gorby and Mini Nulle, probably the cutest little alpaca duo ever.
Our lightbulb is by Le Petit M, and is made from soft jersey and coated so that it glows softly in the dark.
I found the sweetest unisex cloud play suit from Tutini Tots who also stock a wide range of amazing baby wear.
Our little cloud Shelfie ornament and sleepy eyes are from Pixistuff as before.