Nursery ideas

Listen up, Kate…

I’m sorry if I’m about to offend lots of you, but there is nothing I like less than a generic nursery furniture set – BORING! They are usually white, made from horrible laminated wood and a really dull shape. Worst of all, the furniture can only be used for a nursery, so it becomes redundant when the child grows up. I also dislike blue or pink gender-specific rooms.

Here are my tips for making a nursery more exciting, more interesting and a little less generic….

Tip one: Use vintage furniture

Vintage library drawers

Vintage retro drawers in nursery

Vintage retro cot

Tip two: Don’t use pastel or gender-specific colours

Yellow and grey retro nursery

Red themed nursery

Monochrome Scandinavian style nursery

Tip three: Source interesting wallpaper

Un Dimanche a Paris wallpaper

Available from Famille Summer Belle.

Available from Ferm Living.

Ferm Living wallpaper

Available from Ferm Living.

Mini Moderns Whitby Lido wallpaper

Available from Mini Moderns.

Tip four: Paint your existing furniture instead of buying a nursery set

Painted child's wardrobe

Painted nursery furniture

Painted wardrobe for nursery

Tip five: Add interesting art work

Retro film poster in nursery

Mimi's circus print

Available from Mimi’s Circus.

Vintage educational chart

Tip six: Use vintage fabrics

Vintage blankets in kitsch nursery

Vintage lampshade in nursery

Vintage lamp and fabrics in nursery

Vintage patchwork blanket in nursery

What do you think? Do you like these ideas or are you a more traditional pink or blue kind of person? Have you recently decorated a nursery and done something a bit different to the norm? I’d love to see pics – email katy@ x

P.S. Kate – I’ll be expecting a pic from you, too.



  1. 23rd July 2013 / 11:42 am

    I can’t believe most shops are still so rigid when it comes to gifts and decor for babies – SO boring to have pink or blue not to mention ridiculously old fashioned. I LOVE all these rooms – especially the yellow wallpaper from Ferm. Can I have it? I am a big baby, after all.

  2. Penny
    24th July 2013 / 8:16 am

    Black and white striped cloud with rain drops VG

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