A bedroom with a bed in a room

Create the perfect long lasting nursery

March 7, 2016

Whether you are having just one child, planning on having more children down the road or you just about to have your last baby creating the perfect long lasting nursery is something you need to give some serious thought. Whilst, at first, it is easy to think that it is just a room that your baby will sleep in, it is in fact much more than that. It is the room that you will feed and change your baby even if this is just overnight. It is the room that your baby will spend time in after their bath to wind down ready for sleep. 

It is the room that you will feed and change your baby even if this is just overnight. It is the room that your baby will spend time in after their bath to wind down ready for sleep, as you read them a bedtime story and give them another snuggle before they finally drift off to the land of nod. As they get older it is the room which houses their toys, their books and lets their imagination run wild as they create hideaway dens and dress up as Princesses or Knights.

Create the perfect long lasting nursery

This one room has to achieve so much, so instead of having to decorate or buy new furniture and accessories a year or two down the line making the right choices now will create the perfect long lasting nursery for your little one.

A bedroom with a bed in a room

Nursery Furniture

The mistake that many new parents make when buying nursery furniture is that they don’t appreciate just how long their little one will be using the various items.

A large bed in a roomTake the humble cot bed, you might just think that they will only be using it for a couple of years so no need to purchase something that will last beyond that, however, you’d be wrong. The average child can use a cot bed up until they are five or six years old depending on how tall they are, so purchasing a high quality, long lasting cot bed will pay dividends in the end. 

Finding high quality, solid, long lasting nursery furniture doesn’t have to be expensive. Take the new Oak Furniture Land nursery rangemade from solid hardwood the range is built to last (I’m sure you have all seen the ‘knock on wood’ adverts). Buying a complete nursery furniture set will tie in all the key elements to the room whilst looking fantastic and providing long lasting storage.


A close up of a computerRather than opting for that bold, statement nursery with a painted animals or letters along the walls, try to decorate using a theme that will grow as your baby does. There is a growing trend at the moment for white walls which are dressing with accessories that can be easily changed. Whilst I can see the benefit in this I do feel that a nursery requires some warmth.

Personally, I would paint three of the walls a neutral beige (dare I say magnolia) with the remaining wall becoming your statement wall. Choosing a wallpaper that has a gentle pattern to it will brighten up the room and adding accessories around the room to match this will tie in the design. Take this wallpaper from B&Q, the delicate green and pink hearts provide a cute design that will still look good in a toddlers or pre-schoolers bedroom.


A close up of a bagAccessories are a girl’s best friend and the same is true when it comes to home decor. Adding those finishing touches of a soft warm rug under your feet, which will double up as a play mat for your baby will add warmth to the room. Photos, quotes, and even wall stickers will brighten up the neutral walls and add that personal to the room. These can easily be changed as baby grows and they need new inspirational memento’s to look at.

Selecting bedding which will not only keep your little one warm and snuggly but has similar tones to your statement wall will help the design tie-in. Take this gorgeous knit blanket from Little Chickie, the neutral tones mean that this blanket is pulled out and used time and time again. Whether it’s as an extra layer on a cold winters night, something to snuggle under as you read them a bedtime story or one that they will wrap their dolls and superheroes in when they play families.

How did you create your perfect nursery?

A stuffed animal on a bed

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, however,
this is what Piglet’s new nursery will look like once we move (finally) home.

  • BloggerMummyLauren March 7, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I love your nursery ideas, the wallpaper you’ve linked is beautiful. When both of my children were babies, we didn’t live in a house that had enough room for a proper nursery, it was really just a box room with a cot, so I always look at other peoples nursery styles with a bit of envy! How I used to long for a real nursery!

  • The Reading Residence March 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Great tips. I think accessories can really change the look and feel of a room, so going fairly neutral on decor and furniture allows you to change this easily and at a low cost.

  • Dean of Little Steps March 7, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Love the colour combination of creams and whites, so relaxing and classic too! That way, it won’t get out-dated as some of the other colours, especially the bright ones 🙂 x

  • Lulastic March 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Totally beautiful! I too am big on adding splashes of colour through little things and keeping the general feel quite calm! Gorgeous 🙂

  • Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me March 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    What a lovely post beautiful light and gentle colours in the wallpaper. I love oak furniture stylish and hard wearing.

  • Charlotte March 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    This is so pretty! we never really made a nice nursery and that’s the one thing I regret, we kept the walls pretty white and didn’t have a colour scheme. I have made up for it now with his lightening mcqueen themed bedroom :p

  • Ana De- Jesus March 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Aw hello Piglet! I love the gender neutral theme and it makes more sense to stick to a white them when they are growing up and keep things minimalist!

  • Mudpie Fridays March 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    You raise a very good point re the furniture Monkey will be 4 in June an is still in his cot bed. Although we are moving him into another room as we wait the arrival for his little brother, if we werent he would be quite happy in it for another couple of years. We invested in our nursery furniture and it will still be like new when the baby does make an appearance. Love the blankets though…could do with a new one of those! xx

  • Angela at Daysinbed March 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Oh this is lovely. I never had a nursery but did have a beautiful cot! I’m really into interiors though and designing spaces and this was really great to read. Angela at Daysinbed.

  • Sassy March 7, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I think gender neutral rooms are the best way forward, and even though I am not a parent there’s no point in buying lots of furniture that will only last a little while it’s better to get furniture and decorations that will grow along with your baby 🙂 xxx

  • Miranda (Anosa) March 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I do not yet have kids but you’re so right, the nursery is so much more than just a room and I am loving your decorative ideas and the accessories.

  • Slummy single mummy March 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    When my kids were little I was very young and on a massive budget, so I improvised a LOT! Lots of car boot buys, but home made stuff too – I remember I made a changing station out of an old B&Q work bench!!

  • Someone's Mum (Danielle) March 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Some really lovely ideas here. My son moved out of his cotbed at 2 to make way for his sister but I imagine she will be in in for quite a bit longer so it is good that we got one that will last. Love the colour schemes!

  • Annie B March 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    What a fab post. Great insight for those decorating a nursery for the first time and some good tips. I would definitely consider a fe more things if I had my time again on this. #MakingHome

  • Pamela March 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Long lasting furniture is a must…especially if you plan to use it a few times. We also made sure we got a cot bed, to cut down on future expense. Great tips and I love the knitted blankets. Thanks for linking up to #bloggershomes and sorry for the late comment (we’ve all been a bit ill) xx

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