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!


Nursery before and after
Nursery before and after

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.

The design

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.

Grey and pink children's nursery with clouds and polka dots

An ivory wardrobe and sleigh cot bed, both from Mamas & Papas’ Mia range, will grow with the baby. The cot turns into a toddler bed and the wardrobe has adjustable rails for hanging bigger clothes. I wanted a soft, hard-wearing carpet that is durable and bleach-proof, so chose Cormar’s Sensation range in Arctic Grey

Grey and pink children's nursery with clouds and polka dots

Subtle pink accents mean the room will be easy to update in the future. The Roman blinds in Polka Rose blackout fabric are from Web Blinds. A Capucine polka dot lightshade, Bird Song cloud lantern string lights, and Victorine musical mobile, all from Maisons du Monde, add splashes of colour to the room

Grey and pink children's nursery with clouds and polka dots

When searching on Pinterest and Instagram for nursery inspiration, I fell in love with polka dot patterns and cloud motifs, so decided to include both in the room. The walls are painted in Dulux’s Polished Pebble matt emulsion. This Bird Song shelf and coat rack, from Maisons du Monde, is a practical buy and adds another shot of colour. The outfits are from The Little White Company, Boots Mini Club, and Tesco, with the elephant comforter from M&S

Grey and pink children's nursery with clouds and polka dots

The awkward boxed-in area above the stairs makes the perfect changing station, with £4.50 cloud wall stickers, from Amazon, above. I upcycled an old oak tall boy with V33 Cupboards & Cabinets paint in Linen, which was simple to use and has given a great finish. The Essentials Pink changing mat is from Mamas & Papas

Grey and pink children's nursery with clouds and polka dots

 The cloud theme continues over the cotbed, with more wall stickers from Amazon. They’re super-easy to apply and can be peeled off and moved easily

The costs

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
TOTAL £1,331

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