12 Nov 2021

Our Small Nursery: Gender Neutral | Pastel Themed | DIY Scallop Wall

We have finally finished the nursery and I'm so excited to be able to share all the little details here on the blog. I've shared the process and a few bits on my Instagram if you want to see more details, but in this post I'll share all the links where possible for things we purchased. It is still a work in progress but it has all the bits I really wanted in it before we moved Baby S into it.

I wanted to make sure our nursery was neutral in terms of gender in case we have to use it for future children so that's why it isn't themed specifically. I originally wanted a safari themed nursery but I figured I wouldn't be able to customise it in the future or change it up as easily so instead we kept it simple with a pastel/muted multicoloured theme that can easily be adapted in the future if needed. I also created a scallop pattern on the wall myself, which I'm super proud of! I had a vision from things I've seen on Pinterest so I'm pretty happy with the outcome now that we are done. 

So first things first, I created a moodboard and planned out my purchases. It's a small room so we don't have much space and I wanted to make sure that everything we bought was going to fit and match the decor. Some of the things have yet to be purchased or I changed my mind about but all in all the main pieces are in the room and I'm happy with how it looks. Here is my moodboard... 

Then it came to choosing paint colours! We went to B&Q and picked out a couple of paint swatches from Valspar and ended up choosing Wild Mushroom for the lighter colour and Nautical Charm for the bottom half. I researched and looked into how to create a scallop pattern across the wall and figured the cheapest way would be to do it myself as stencils are pricey! I have shared a Reel on Instagram on how I achieved this pattern myself if you wanted to have a look.

Next up, furniture! So I did my research into several cots and cot beds and decided that although it's a small room, we'd be better off investing in a cot bed as it would serve its purpose for years and years. I really liked the look of the Tutti Bambini Modena 3-in-1 Cot Bed as it has an easy to adjust mattress height and can convert into a toddler bed and a sofa bed. For baby's clothes, I wanted a small chest of drawers to fit behind the door and the Ikea Malm 4-drawer option was the best.

In terms of decor, I wanted to keep it simple so I bought a few pieces to match the room and style. I chose a simple fluffy rug, that makes a great backdrop for photos or is a comfy spot to sit and read a book before bed. Also found some artwork and a frame to put baby hand and footprints in. We were kindly gifted some great storage baskets which I'll use for some of baby's bulky outwear and toys. I also bought these bookshelves which are actually spice rack shelves but installed one upside down so we can use it as a clothes rail (as we don't have any hanging space for some outfits).

Practical bits in the room include the behind the door storage which holds all of the nappies, wipes, nappy bags, creams etc that make changing quick and easy. We also have a little lamp on the window ledge to have quiet & calm time reading a book or during feeds.


Chest of drawers: Ikea

Rug: Homesense (similar)

Poster frame: Primark (similar)

Storage baskets: Gifted by family but Homesense do great options

Shelves: Amazon

Cot bed fitted sheet: Dunelm

Scallop light shade: Dunelm

Rainbow name and pompom garland: Etsy

Light up name plaque: Lamisa

Lamp: Dunelm

Cot bed: Tutti Bambini Modena 3-in-1 Cot Bed

Behind the door storage: Amazon

Paint: Valspar / B&Q


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