The Neutral Nursery

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Posted on Feb 1, 2018

Packed with Personality

Despite how fun baby reveal parties are these days, my husband Rob and I decided we wanted to be surprised by the arrival of our first child, Sid. The combination of not knowing the sex, and having plans to expand our family further in the future meant it was important that we went as neutral as possible. I wanted to curate a space that could work for a girl or boy, yet still feel fresh when it was time to welcome a new baby into the world. Instead of concentrating on bold colours or specific patterns, I focused on filling the room with lots of personality. All of the major furnishings (wallpaper, nursing chair, drapery and rug) stayed neutral so that I could weave soft threads of colour into the design through decorative accessories. Flash forward 4 years - we've moved Sid into his first "big boy" room and our second child, Julian, has a nursery that needed almost no updating!

Julian's Nursery

Grey isn't Glum

The nursery might be grey, but there's nothing gloomy about it! We let the blocks fall as they may and chose bright toys to add pops of colour to the room naturally. You'll be less inclined to make changes if you choose to incorporate neutral bigger ticket items - and, you'll save on your bottom line, which is always an important factor when it comes to designing for kids. If you choose to go all the way with neutral for your baby's nursery, the smaller accessories can easily be swapped out for colourful ones once your bundle of joy has arrived!

Sophistication is Always Trendy

Even though animals will always be a trendy nursery theme, I strove to strike a balance between trend and sophistication when it came to this nursery. The 'Etosha' animal print wallpaper by Thibaut has always been a favourite of mine; it's graphic and bold but soft and muted at the same time. It allows me to play with colour and pattern elsewhere without the risk of competing with its graphic nature. Sharon Montrose's animal photography stole my heart years ago, so installing a series of them in the nursery was a no-brainer. Who doesn't love real baby animals?! It was easy to fall in love with Bla Bla’s softly coloured plush animal mobile - the sweet pairing with the animal photography was an added bonus!

Julian's Nursery
Julian's Nursery

Source Guide:

Sarah Richardson Design: zoe nursery chair | Sarah Richardson Kravet Fabric: brookhaven pillow fabric | Mellah: rug | Ikea: crib | The Animal Print Shop: animal prints | Thibaut: etosha wallpaper | Bla Bla Kids: mobile | Serena & Lily: shelf | Fiona Walker: felt tiger head, giraffe bookend | Ikea: sheepskin rug, blanket | Pehr: pom pom basket | HomeSense: poof | Pottery Barn Kids: drapery panels | Etsy: pom pom trim on drapery panels | Hape: wooden elephant toy | Bla Bla Kids: stuffed toys in crib