If you have the space, one of the most fun things about expecting a new baby can be planning and decorating the nursery he or she will spend their early years sleeping in. After all, this will be your new son or daughter’s first bedroom, and it is also likely to be somewhere you will be spending a lot of time at first, so you want it to be nice and cosy for both of you! Whether you are working with a small or larger room, you can make your nursery truly reflect your personality as a family, and turn it into somewhere you will love spending quality time with your new arrival in (even at 3am!).
The colour scheme in your nursery is completely down to you, and there is no reason to go for traditional ‘baby’ colours (pastel pink, blue and yellow) if you don’t like them. Babies are stimulated by the world around them and learn a lot through their eyes, so if you prefer bold colours or interesting patterns, go right ahead! When it comes to furniture, though, you may be at a bit of a loss in terms of what will both look good and fit your aesthetic idea for the room, and also be functional. This is where vintage furniture can be ideal – after all, people have needed nurseries far longer than they have needed a lot of the furniture we use today (like computer desks or mounts for flat screen TVs), so you know that you can find vintage versions of everything you will need, and yet it will lend a nostalgic, attractive or even quirky look to your new nursery.
What to Look Out For
If you like the idea of genuine vintage or vintage inspired furniture, you can either look at retailers like housejunkie.co.uk who specialize in this kind of look, or go on a second hand shopping adventure, looking in antique stores, flea markets and on online auction sites for the perfect pieces. Think not only about the cot itself, but also about other furniture that will give the room the look and feel you want. Perhaps you like the idea of sitting quietly in a comfy vintage rocking chair with a unique retro quilt over you as you cuddle your newborn and sing them lullabies. Perhaps a stunning art deco mobile over the cot would make a beautiful touch. Think of this room not just as a practical necessity, but as an important part of your home that deserves to look great!
Creating a welcoming, relaxing space for your new baby can be one of the most fun interior decorating projects you will ever do, as when you are designing for a child, you don’t have to worry about being on trend and chic – you can be fun, traditional, wacky, or whatever you like! Adding vintage elements from a period that suits your style can help you achieve a truly unique look that you can admire as you watch over your sleeping angel!