Over the past few years we have noticed a trend toward parents purchasing modern decor to create their ultimate baby space. Modern nurseries are often simple, sustainable, gender/colour neutral, flexible, efficient, child friendly and inspire children’s imaginations.
Here is a simple checklist you can use when creating your modern nursery.
1. Set a budget- note down all the essential items you will need for your baby, including items such as the cot, change table, drawers, nappies, bassinet, bath, pram etc. Once you have budgeted for these items you can then start working on your budget for the nursery decorating. It’s a great idea to be browsing magazines, blogs and websites etc for ideas and keep a folder or note pad to jot down your ideas. I have included some great nursery decorating resources at the end of this page.
2. Get organised early- it’s a good idea to begin sourcing where you will purchase your nursery items relatively early to mid way through your pregnancy. Some items may need to be ordered in or custom made and this can typically take 1-3 months in some cases for items ranging from wooden baby names, wall decals up to your essential goods such as furniture. The other benefit in sourcing your supplies early rather than later is that you may be able to shop around for the best price and snag a bargain at a sale.
3. Keep it simple- it’s important to keep in mind when creating your modern nursery that this space should feel like a calming and safe place to your baby. Shapes of furniture and other items should be simple with natural curves and lines, nothing overly flamboyant. Keep the colours neutral, natural tones are perfect. Some of our customers have created amazing nurseries using colours such as beige, which will progressively be livened up with your baby’s toys, floor rug, bedding and wall decals etc. The photo below shows how a neutral backdrop has the effect of highlighting the items used to decorate the nursery in this instance the white furniture, books, toys and wall decals. This wall decal is perfect for modern nurseries as it customisable (choose your own colours to match your nursery colour palette), gender neutral (can be re-used for your next baby or evolve into a kids room), flexible (removable if you wish to re-design the room), adaptable (the branches can be transformed into shelves, saving space- purchase these from Ikea). You can find out more information or buy this wall decal by clicking here.
Use this tree shelf decal to decorate your nursery
4. Use some bright colours- bright colours will add interest to the nursery. Items such as toys, floor rugs, wall decals, clocks and even furniture can add a pop of colour. White furniture on a darker contrasted wall looks terrific and if you prefer brown furniture use a lighter colour on your wall to make it stand out. Customisable wall stickers are readily available and you really should invest some time into thinking about the colours you would like in your nursery. Choosing your bedding and items which are not customisable first may be a good option as wall stickers in most instances can be customised to match your bedding and wall colours. As the image below shows, bright dot decals are the ultimate in adding some instant colour.
Dot wall decals can add a splash of colour to any kids room.
5. Saving space- select decorating and furniture items with a view to creating an open space. For example if you are limited for space, when selecting your furniture instead of purchasing a change table plus a separate set of drawers, choose a change table that already has a built in set of drawers underneath. As shown below.
6. Re-use- Modern spaces should reflect modern goals and sustainability, the re-usability of items is key in the nursery. Select gender neutral colours and the space will be perfect if you decide to welcome a baby boy or girl to the nursery in the future. Some furniture can be re-used for example source a cot that can convert into a toddler bed, saving the need to purchase unnecessary furniture down the track. Other reusable purchases may include your designer nappy bag which can often convert into your favourite handbag once you no longer need to carry about your baby items. Movable wall stickers are a fantastic sustainable option and they can be re-used over and over without losing efficacy. Similarly supporting ecofriendly products such as fabric wall stickers instead of PVC vinyl decals will go a great way to fulfilling the long term goals of a modern nursery. Reusable cloth nappies are fantastic too!
7. Child friendly- modern nurseries should showcase items that are child friendly and usable. With the aim of encouraging exploration and inspiring the imagination. Interactive wall decals are a great way for a child to explore art and learn visually. Alphabet wall decals are educational and make a bold statement in the modern nursery and kids room.
8. Themes can be limiting- avoid creating a nursery around an overpowering theme such a licensed character. Instead allow your baby to develop their own tastes as their modern nursery inspires their imagination and encourages their independence. Some popular themes can be found by clicking here.
9. Personalise the nursery- it is so easy to personalise your baby’s space with customisable name wall stickers and wooden names. For as little as $49.95 you can add your child’s name to their wall as a wall sticker, in your choice of colours and fonts. Painted wooden names can be ordered for as little as $29.99 depending on the length of the name.
Some inspiration for your nursery project:
Tree wall stickers for the home or office
Birdcage wall stickers can be customised to suit your home decor.
Owl wall stickers are customisable to suit all nurseries.
Woodland wall stickers for kids rooms available in 4 designs
Some resources that you may find helpful:
Baby nursery ideas on pinterest
Chic and Cheap nursery
Lay baby lay
Baby room ideas on pinterest