With the trend of advocating gender neutral environments for children, more and more parents are choosing not to find out the gender of their baby. This is transforming the way that nurseries are being decorated - no longer is it acceptable to just opt for the common pink for girls and blue for boys, but rather more creativity is required to really create the restful room that your baby deserves.
Colours and themes that work…
Autumn is the perfect time to start decorating a nursery for your little one because the shops tend to focus on muted and warm colours, which are inherently gender neutral. Not only that, but warm-muted tones create a soothing and peaceful environment. Choose vanilla whites and soft creams, woven throws, autumnal coloured soft furnishings and rattan furniture.
Foliage and greenery can also be the perfect way to bring the outdoors in - for example dried branches and autumnal leaves (real or faux) are a sustainable way create that rustic warm feeling that Autumn brings. OKA sell an incredible range of faux flowers and foliage, which can transform any room.
Opting for warm sheepskin rugs, soft cushions and woven baskets will also create a snug, yet stylish atmosphere for you and your baby. Baskets provide excellent storage for toys, while sheepskin rugs can provide a cosy mat for babies as they begin to sit up, and eventually crawl. Sheepskin rugs can also be used to create a cosy nest in prams and pushchairs, but always check the NHS safety guidelines for newborns.
A large knit blanket will also modernise your babies nursery, whilst providing you with some much needed comfort for those late nights! We love these ones from Not On The High Street:
Creating a stimulating sensory experience for your baby
It’s important to provide a stimulating sensory experience for your little one - and it is no secret that babies love animals, colourful objects and anything that moves! Mobiles are the perfect way to achieve this, while also adding a little extra charm to the nursery.
Another great way to acheive this is to incorporate animals in the form of pictures, which not only gives your baby something interesting to look at, but also acts as an educational tool for them as they begin to learn and recognise the shapes and names of the animals. Check out our range of friendly animal nursery pictures here….
Art can also offer a source of inspiration, including messages that you want your baby to take with them throughout their life. Pictures often take on a special meaning for children, which they will treasure for the rest of their lives, so it is worth investing in art that can be enjoyed for many years to come!