When I first started thinking about how to decorate the nursery I thought I’d choose a monochrome or neutral scheme, but in fact we went for a colourful room – and I love it.
It was about a year ago that I shared some ideas on how I was thinking of decorating the nursery at that time. I was favouring muted shades, pastels or perhaps monochrome, and although I mentioned that I liked animals I was thinking of a woodland theme.
Of course, we didn’t know whether we were going to have a boy or a girl so all my design ideas were gender neutral – though in the end we didn’t get round to decorating until after he was born.
As my due date got closer I started thinking more about what my baby might like in his or her room, rather than what I might like. Then I spotted this Animal Magic wallpaper by Scion, and I loved the bold, colourful design featuring more than a dozen different zoo animals.
It is a small room (2m x 2.4m) so, as well as considering the overall look, I spent a lot of time thinking about the layout so that we could maximise storage without it looking too cluttered.
I bought some new things for the room, but re-used furniture as well. We had an old Ikea Hemnes wood three-drawer chest which we repainted white with blue drawer knobs. It was just the right height to serve as a changing table when he was a new born.
The Mamas and Papas cot bed was donated by a friend, and I asked my dad to make some drawers to fit underneath. My dad also made the toy box that fits perfectly at the end of the cot.
There’s no room for a wardrobe, so I used the space above the stairs for open shelves and clothes rails. They’re all Ikea – white Ekby Hemnes shelves with beech Ekby Valter brackets and Bygel rails (I’m not sure they’re available any more), which I spray painted in Rustoleum Mode ‘celeste’, left over from this project.
Round the corner there’s a shallow wall-mounted Ikea Besta cupboard where I store toiletries, medicines, spare packs of wipes and other practical items. It makes good use of the space behind the door and above the radiator which might otherwise have been wasted.
My sister-in-law made the colourful dinosaur bunting, and the floating shelf and Ikea Besta boxes provide more handy storage for towels, muslins and nappies. The vintage suitcase stores keepsakes.
I also have a Scandi-style grey rocking chair that I got from Achica. I wasn’t sure I’d have room for a chair but this one is compact and comfy and has proven to be an essential.
The round, jute triangle rug is by Ferm Living from Cloudberry Living.
This is the safari musical mobile by Red Kite and the cot sheet is from Mothercare. The seagrass basket is from Ikea and is a good place to throw odds and ends I don’t know where else to put!
I’d love to know what you think of our colourful, animal-themed nursery.