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How To Style A Nursery

Posted on January 24 2017



At Little Styles we get that there is way more to having kids than just stylish clothes, decor and accessories (although these things make it fun too) – so from time to time we want to bring you a little something extra. Today Ashley Pratt, Senior Stylist at House & Garden, takes us through a few tips to style a nursery both you and your baby will love.

Designing a nursery should be like creating the ultimate sanctuary for you and your bub. I am not a mum yet so I can’t pretend to know what the tired days and sleepless nights feel like but I can’t help but hope that one day, when I am lucky enough to have a baby, the nursery feels like a retreat for us both. A place where we can go and hang out and get to know one another.

So what do you need to think about to achieve this…

  1. Start with a look.

Find some inspiration on Pinterest, in magazines or on Instagram, wherever your fingers and mouse take you. You need to decide on the look you want to achieve. Is it a Scandi style, a layered French look, classic American or modern Australian? Whatever it is find some references and start a mood board.

  1. Choose a colour palette.

Designing for a nursery has gone so far beyond pink for girls, blue for boys and yellow if you’re keeping it a surprise. Of course these are classics that many of you will want to stick with but give it some real thought and come up with something softer and more inviting. For girls it could mean dusty blush teamed with creams and copper. For boys how about navy with touches of charcoal and gold. Swap gender neutral yellow for a mint green and dove grey combination. There are endless possibilities but harnessing a colour palette you like and sticking to it will give your nursery a cohesive look.

  1. Pick your key pieces.

Put together a list of key items you will need in the space. Cot, change table, feeding chair, storage unit etc. Start to think about the space you have and how you would like everything to flow. Reserch various suppliers and make sure these key pieces are all within your chosen look and colour palette, remembering anything can be painted with furniture paint these days if it’s the right style but the wrong colour.

  1. Whats on your walls.

A nursery is one of the only rooms in the house where you can be truly expressive. I love the use of a pretty paint colour or a patterned wallpaper in a baby’s room. My favourite wallpapers are from Cole & Son and add that extra depth and magic to a space. Artfully dress your walls with prints, a clock, shelving or a wall hanging. Adding these layers of interest will give the room a cosy, lived in feel.

  1. The finishing touches.

Lastly you want to build a room full of character. A soft rug on foot, some soft throw cushions on your feeding chair, a cashmere blanket (one for you and one for bub), plush toys and a soft glowing lamp will all enhance the stylish sanctuary you are trying to achieve. Remember to go for function as well as looks and keep everything within the palette and style you’ve set for yourself. Take your time to choose these pieces and invest in quality items that will last the distance. Heirloom items will hold much more sentimental value in the long run.

Lastly have fun and be creative. A child’s room should feel like exactly that. A magical place that’s invites creativity, play and learning. You should want to spend time in there with your little one and when you do it should feel like an escape from the rest of the world.

Featured Image: Animal Planet nursery. Styling by Ashley Pratt. Photography by Maree Homer for Australian House & Garden.

Follow Ashley on instagram @ashleypratt. For private styling and to view her portfolio go to her website


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