Tips for Every Soon-to-Be-a-Parent: Great Nursery decorating ideas for your baby

Whether you’ve got months or weeks until your new bundle of joy comes home for the first time you’ll be keen to get the baby’s room ready in time for their arrival.

From brightly colored wallpaper to gender neutral color palettes and nursery furniture ideas, there are plenty of nursery decorating tips for every budget. And when your little one gets a bit older we’ve got plenty of inspiration for transforming a baby’s room with our gallery of.

Play safe with neutrals

Decorating ahead of baby’s arrival? Hedge your bets with a neutral background in shades of white and cream, then add more brightly colored accessories or token touches of pink and blue to the bedroom once baby has arrived.

Keep it gender-neutral

A soft shade of yellow on walls and soft furnishings looks clean but cozy. A simple white wardrobe and rocking chair can be used as the child grows or for new additions to the family.

Add a feature wall

Create a stimulating environment for little ones with a bold feature wall. The bright animal shapes on this wallpaper create a strong color contrast against the white background and a bold shape for baby to focus on from inside the cot.

Play with pattern

If you’re eager to add interest to your child’s room but want to avoid a strong theme, choose a toning color palette in subtle shades of the same color. In this boy’s nursery, a seagull-patterned wallpaper and painted tongue-and-groove paneling create a timeless nautical look.

Keep it classic

In a nursery, it’s often best to go for a classic scheme that won’t date too quickly. This neutral nursery with pink toile blind and curtains is pretty without looking too babyish and can be easily updated as baby gets older.

Add accents of color

Warmth and color can be added to a new baby’s room in accessories and soft-furnishings. Vibrant limes, pinks and blues in stripes and checks add a playful touch to this nursery, and are teamed with pale furniture to keep the look clutter free.

Choose adaptable furniture

Rather than choosing furniture specifically designed with babies in mind, opt for well-made items that can adapt with your child. For example, a chest of drawers can be topped with a mat to make a changing table, and a two-in-one cot bed will last until your baby is ready for a grown-up bed.

Go for grown-up colors

If you find pastels lack punch, opt for a more sophisticated color scheme with subtle shades of taupe and grey. Colorful toys and decorative buys add a playful touch and the room is easy to update as baby gets older.

Create a room you love, too!

Don’t forget that this has to be a comfortable space for you, as well as your newborn. Go for decorative touches and soft furnishings that match the rest of your home, and plan the layout so that it suits your needs.