With our first baby on the way, my husband and I decided it was time to clear out the spare bedroom and create a nursery. Even though the NHS recommends that all babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months, we thought it was best to get the decorating out of the way in advance. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have our hands too full for paint charts and carpet samples very soon!
The spare bedroom hadn’t been touched since we moved in 18 months ago. It had boring magnolia walls, dated navy curtains and cream carpet with black marks all over it. The room sits over the staircase and an area of boxing in above the stairs had become a dumping ground with no practical purpose.
I knew I wanted a simple grey colour scheme that will be easy to update at the baby grows. I chose Dulux’s Polished Pebble matt emulsion for the walls and Cormar’s Sensation Arctic Grey carpet for the floor. We wanted a timeless look so chose elegant ivory furniture from the Mia range at Mamas & Papas. An extra growth scan at 32 weeks confirmed that I’m definitely expecting a girl, so we decided to add splashes of soft pink in the form of a polka dot blind, light shade, rug, shelf and mobile. Nature-inspired prints run throughout our house, making cloud stickers the perfect choice for adding interest to the walls.
Furniture from Mamas & Papas – (cot bed £349, wardrobe £399) £748
Carpet from Cormar (£24 per square metre), including fitting – £260
Blackout blinds from Web Blinds – £141.54
Light shade, mobile, cloud lights and shelf from Maisons du Monde – £111.56
Changing mat from Mamas & Papas – £19
Wall stickers from Amazon – £15
2.5 ltrs Dulux matt emulsion from B&Q – £14
V33 furniture paint from B&Q – £12
Rug from Tesco – £9.99