Decorating your baby’s nursery

Artwork, Maternity, Newborn

One of the most exciting parts of welcoming a new baby into the family is preparing your home for the new arrival.  Although most new babies don’t move into their own room until they are 6 months or older, preparing a nursery gives you a dedicated space for clothes, toys and all of the paraphernalia a new baby demands. 

baby's nursery showing a photo of the baby above the cot

Home decorating trends for the nursery are constantly evolving, but there is definitely a move to more neutral colours and natural materials in 2023.  This is even more appropriate if you are not going to find out the gender of your baby.  But that’s not to say that bold and bright has had its day just yet!

Here are five of the top trends to keep in mind when decorating your baby's room:

  1. Soothing Colors: Soft, muted colours such as pale blues, greens, and greys are a popular choice for nurseries. These colours are calming and create a peaceful atmosphere for your baby to sleep and play in.
  2. Natural Materials: Using natural materials such as wood, wicker, and linen can add a warm and cosy feel to the nursery. They also provide a connection to nature and bring a sense of calm to the room.
  3. Bold Accents: While soft colours are popular for walls and furniture, bold accent pieces such as colourful curtains, rugs, and wall art can add a pop of personality to the room. Choose bright, cheerful colours that complement the room's colour scheme.
  4. Minimalist Design: The minimalist trend is also popular in nurseries, with simple, clean lines and a focus on functionality. This style is practical for parents who want a clutter-free space for their baby to play and sleep in.
  5. Personalisation: Adding personal touches to the nursery, such as family photos [add link to newborn gallery], handmade items, and monograms, can make the room feel special and unique. Personalisation can also help create a sense of connection and comfort for both baby and parents.

When decorating your nursery, it's important to keep in mind the safety and comfort of your baby. Choose furniture that is sturdy and safe, and avoid items with sharp edges or loose parts. Make sure there is enough space for your baby to play and move around, and consider the lighting in the room to ensure it's not too bright or too dim.  Lamps or dimmer switches are a useful addition for keeping the room calm and allowing night feeds without waking baby up fully.

Adding portraits to your baby’s nursery is the perfect way to include artwork. Displaying your newborn portraits gives you a constant reminder of how tiny they once were every time you walk into the nursery.  Family portraits in your nursery are also a beautiful way to cement your new baby’s place in the family.

How to decorate your baby's nursery.

You can find out more about my newborn portraits and family sessions here - try to book your newborn session in plenty of time before baby arrives so that I can guarantee you a session space. 


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