Don't be wedded to buying nursery-specific furniture
Instead, I tend to pick pieces that will grow with them; a vintage chest of drawers that can also take a changing mat on top when needed. In fact, the once deemed deeply unfashionable antique brown furniture looks charming in a nursery, styled with toys, books and other treasures. It’s also much better for the environment to buy old or second-hand.
Baskets are your best friend in a nursery
Both my children have some vintage shelving in their rooms (Sasha – a dressmaker’s shop fitting, and Riva an old baker’s trolley!) displaying said baskets. They are much more forgiving on the eye than a bank of cupboards or set of drawers.
Invest in fabrics
Textiles are what gives a room that cosy layered feel, and nowhere is more important than in the nursery at home. Sasha has wool curtains in his bedroom which were a bit of an investment, but playful cushions, welsh blankets, and fun bedding are relatively inexpensive and you can be clever with how you mix these. Clashing and colourful is good. You can and should have a bit of fun here.
Comfy chairs and good lighting are key
The nursery is a space that you will spend time in in the evening, reading bedtime stories and feeding, so a comfy chair is pretty important for this. You want to set the mood for good sleep while you do this, so table lamps and nightlights are a lot more inviting than an overhead pendant or a harsh set of downlights.
Take time to put together an interesting collection of pictures for nursery walls
Getting pictures up on the wall is one of those niggling jobs that often takes a backseat when you are readying the nursery, but it makes a huge difference. It can even seem like quite a daunting process, but framing pages from favourite children’s books, old postcards and fun textiles is something you can build on as your children grow. Grouping pictures is an effective way of making impact with smaller pieces.