Nursery Colour Makeover

So you thought you had a home office. But with a child on the way what's the first thing to go? Yep, you can kiss that office good-bye.

Pauline and Trevor want their home office to be a nursery only in the short-term, so we've painted the room white with a very subtle touch of pink for peacefulness (plus they're having a girl!).

The existing wooden chest of drawers will be painted white to match the cot and the change table, so the colour in this room will come from the furnishings. We've chosen a canvas striped blind, a floral floor rug, a bright pink plastic cover for the change table mattress, and lots of little coloured cushions, pictures and Teddys.

Things To Consider:

  • Baby shops will try and sell you every item currently on the market. You don't need it and it would cost you a fortune. Nurseries can easily be made up from second hand furniture and things already in the house. But, make sure your cot meets the Australian Standard Guides, and always buy a new, SIDS-approved mattress that SIDS recommended.
  • For a baby's first room, a plain white-painted wood cot with colourful throws and blankets is a fresh change from the frilly or traditional nursery.

  • Colour schemes need to be soft, and warm, neutral or pastel shades are best in the early years. Add the bold colours as touches in the furnishings, and add more bold as the baby grows and is in need of extra stimulation.
  • Stripes and spots in furnishings are a groovy variation if you can't stand plain painted walls.
  • A small comfortable armchair is just the thing for feeding. Use one that is bright and bold to lift the space and introduce some colour, but remember that function is the key. Armrests or a large cushion can assist in feeding and the chair should be upright so that you can sit up straight.
  • Roman blinds, roller blinds or shutters are a neat window dressing solution, and an absolute must for shutting out the sunlight for those daytime naps. Choose a thick sturdy cloth to block out as much light as possible.
  • Update an old set of drawers with new knobs and a coat of paint, or label them to remind you what's in each drawer.
  • Old peg hooks or hanging racks are a great way to hang clothes, especially those beautiful items baby only wears once or twice, but are far too precious to hang at the back of a dark cupboard.
  • Use imaginative lighting to add a creative dimension. If there's an overhead light, cover it with a coloured shade and use a low wattage bulb if you don't have a dimmer.
  • The nappy changing area should be efficient and fuss-free. Make sure that whatever use for nappy changing is the correct height for you, and cover the mattress in a plastic fabric that will protect the cushion against any mishaps. Hang a mobile above the change table to distract baby from the tasks being carried out below.

Equipment and Suppliers

Wattyl Paints

85 Hall Street
Bondi NSW 2026
Ph: 02 9365 0500

Blind and Drape
44 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Ph: 02 9327 2725

Pigott's Store
53 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Ph: 02 9362 8119

76A Paddington Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: 02 9362 0085

ark homewares
79 Frenchman's Road
North Randwick NSW 2031
Ph: 02 9314 5755

the baby's ark
81 - 85 Frenchman's Road
North Randwick NSW 2031
Ph: 02 9362 5036

Tree Of Life
499 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: 02 9360 0599

Major & Tom
45 Barwon Park
St Peter's NSW 2044
Ph: 02 9557 8380


558 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: 02 8399 1210

Foam Booth
554 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: 02 9319 0594


Mother Of Pearl and Sons
34 - 36 McLachlan Avenue
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011
Ph: 02 9332 4455

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