By LISA MITCHELL
Pinterest is full of inspiration and creative ideas. But turning those ideas into reality, can be near impossible. Some of us just don’t have a knack for clever and creative design, even when it’s staring us in the face.
I am more of a Pinterest window shopper myself. I gaze enviously at other people’s brilliant designs and then go back to my dreary house without the motivation or energy to spruce it up.
My children deserved better than orange curtains, beige carpet and furniture that didn’t match. I wanted to create a nursery I could be proud of. I wanted it to be a calm, clever, cute space and possibly the best room in the house.
So I graduated from being a Pinterest window shopper to a Pinterest user, and the results have been so good I feel like creating a board myself.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Mumgo. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words.
Here are my top tips for creating a Pinterest-worthy nursery:
1. Make sure all your furniture matches.
Once you have your floors and walls done you need to pick your furniture. Make sure it all matches. This is key. When the furniture matches it creates a blank canvas from which you can decorate. Choose unisex designs so you can use it for all your children.
Try and fit out your nursery from one location, because you’ll always find matching products and save time searching through lots of different retailers.
If you are using second-hand furniture or have furniture that doesn’t match, just paint it all a glossy white and it will look stunning. Nothing is cuter than white furniture in a nursery.
This change table is a perfect example of gorgeous white furniture that you can decorate however you like.
2. Looking after your baby never looked so good.
A nursery can look amazing but it still has to work really well for you and your baby.
With babies, the general rule to keeping them warm and healthy is to dress them in an extra layer than what you’re wearing. But that can be a bit hit and miss.
A nursery thermometer easily shows you what the temperature is in your child’s room so you can make sure it is optimal and minimise illness. Plus, they come in a range of colours that look amazing.
3. Once you find out what you are having, don’t be afraid to decorate accordingly.
Once you bring home your baby boy or girl you may be tempted to give in to your blue and pink decorating urges, and you should go for it. Choose one or two blankets that they can use when they’re older.
Because your room, furniture and linen is simple in design, one or two brighter choices will go really well in your new nursery.
This pink striped throw is a perfect example because it can be used in your baby’s cot and then transfer to their bigger bed later.
4. One big toy in the nursery, and that’s all.
You don’t want to clutter up your nursery but you still want it to look fun and child-friendly. So once you’ve sorted your furniture and linen, choose one big toy as a decorative piece for your room.
When your children are older they will love playing with it but until then, it is for show only.
I love rocking horses. Who doesn’t? And this one is cute. Place it in the corner of your room ready for when your toddler starts waddling.