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 coloured wallpaper to gender neutral colour 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 .
Take a playful approach with your décor by choosing a boldly-coloured wallpaper that will grab attention, like this London bus and toy soldier design. Don't be afraid to use pattern in a smaller baby's room - try limiting it to just one feature wall with toning colours elsewhere for a co-ordinating look.
Decorating ahead of baby?s arrival? Hedge your bets with a neutral background in shades of white and cream, then add more brightly coloured accessories or token touches of pink and blue to the bedroom once baby has arrived.
A soft shade of yellow on walls and soft furnishings looks clean but cosy. A simple white wardrobe and rocking chair can be used as the child grows or for new additions to the family.
Create a stimulating environment for little ones with a bold feature wall. The bright animal shapes on this wallpaper create a strong colour contrast against the white background and a bold shape for baby to focus on from inside the cot.
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.
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.
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Furnishing a nursery doesn't have to cost the earth - you can save cash by buying a second-hand cot, nursery chair and storage and revamping them with a lick of paint ? try Annie Sloan paints.
A striped wallpaper in similar tones will liven up the room.
If you don?t have time to decorate before your baby is born, or you?d just rather keep their room in a neutral shade, you can add plenty of colour in an instant with a selection of bright wall stickers.
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Your baby will grow up fast, so it?s worth investing in bedroom furniture that grows with them.
Look for designs that have adaptable sections, like cot beds or wardrobes with adjustable shelving and rails, so you can tailor them to your child?s needs.
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To ensure your baby sleeps through the night, you?ll need to install a blackout blind or blackout-lined curtains in their bedroom to prevent sunlight streaming in.
If your walls are plain, why not take the opportunity to add vibrant colour or a fun pattern to the room when choosing a fabric for your blinds.
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Cramped nursery? Wall-hung shelving will give you plenty of extra storage for toys and clothing, keeping the floor clear of clutter.
Hang a variety of shelves or ask a joiner to create a bespoke shelving unit on the wall over and around your child?s cot.
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When buying furniture for your childs nursery, look for contemporary design features, such as adaptable sections or castors so the units can be easily moved when you need them.
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