As I said in my recent post Spring Baby Fashion Wishlist we’re currently working on Luisa’s nursery. The space we have to play with is reasonable but not huge, plus she has a lot of stuff! We also don’t want to/can’t afford to spend a great deal but we don’t want to compromise on practicality or style. With all this in mind I’ve been brainstorming creative nursery ideas for a small budget.
You can go into any big baby shop and see a lot of very sweet whimsical sets of nursery furniture and decor but my problem here is threefold – most of them are very bulky, expensive and a bit bland. I want to make a space for Lu that’s practical and eye-catching. At the moment she’s too small to play in her room by herself and so it makes sense to me to design her nursery in such a way that it will grow with her and we won’t need to replace all the baby furniture in a year or two.
Our starting point when coming up with ‘the look’ was to assess what furniture we already had that was fit for purpose. We had a chest of drawers, recliner chair and a unit which we’ve added a rail inside to make a wardrobe with space for storage boxes at the bottom. The next thing to think about was her ‘big girl cot’ The one we choose was the grey Gonnatt from Ikea as you can turn it into a toddler bed and later a sofa. It also has some storage underneath so it’s very practical.
The big unit is great as it now has space for hanging clothes as well as extra storage underneath. We’re going to use the top of the unit to display pretty keepsake type items that we don’t want L to reach. This is also the ideal spot for the gro-egg and our video baby monitor as it can be angled to get a good view of her cot.
By reusing, repurposing and choosing a cot that will grow with her we’ve managed to keep costs down. The next step is to tie it all together with decor and accessories.
I want the nursery to be bright and fun but as it’s not huge we’re trying to keep the big spaces neutral. There are tonnes of great nursery ideas to suit all tastes taken from real homes on the Homify website, I got so much inpiration from browsing through their huge collection. We already have a muted blue and grey theme established by the furniture but I’ve found some great examples of ways to add a pop of colour to walls with geometric design.
One thing I have heard a few people say is that a lot of modern nurseries seem to be devoid of colour as parents favour the minimalist look. I do love clean black and white design but when it comes to Luisa’s room I want it to be somewhere fun for her and that means bright accessories and lot of fun textures.
Hopefully this post has given you some nursery ideas for a small budget and shown that you can make the most of existing furniture without compromising on style. Once we’ve finished Luisas’ bedroom I’ll be sharing some more photos. In the meantime I’d love to see your little ones bedrooms – feel free to tweet me some pictures!
*This post was written in collaboration with Homify. All thoughts and words are, as ever, my own*