We adore making our house into a warm and welcoming home, so as soon as we found out we were pregnant with our little monkey Elijah, we started planning the nursery.
We wanted to create a space that was bright, colourful and fun, but was also very homely and calming. After putting together some ideas, we decided to decorate the nursery to a safari theme, with a hint of Disney’s Lion King thrown in for good measure.
The nursery is the smallest room in the house, so in order to keep the room as airy and light as possible, we chose to keep two of the walls white. For the two remaining walls we opted for a yellow and a green, which complement each other very well.
I had been toying with the idea of having an image of Simba above the cot, with a caption from Disney’s Lion King next to it in order to add a touch of originality to the room. However I really struggled to find something that matched what I envisioned in my head. I then came across this sticker by the American seller Wallopalooza on Etsy. It is a bold image without being too overpowering, which made it perfect for a little room.
We also came across some fantastic wall stickers on Amazon that showed a silhouette of a safari scene. I liked the idea of this running along the skirting board so as not to draw too much attention to it, preventing the room feeling smaller.
After seeing the price of safari themed furniture – which was ridiculously out of our price range – we decided to upcycle a plain chest of drawers we already had, by painting the fronts of the drawers with bold, bright colours. We settled on yellow, orange and green as we felt those would match the room well and could be associated with the animal theme. We then found some great door knobs by theknoblady, which finished off the chest of drawers nicely and made them look less like an upcycling project and more like a piece of manufactured furniture.
Seeing the result of the chest of drawers, we then decided to do the same with the shelves. We found the shelf brackets in IKEA and Mr. C cut the tops of the shelves from a sheet of MDF wood. To break up blocks of colour we painted the brackets a separate colour to the top of the shelves. The finished product worked really well and introduced the perfect amount of colour into the room.
We came across the hot air balloon lampshades while decorating Oliver’s room and absolutely fell in love with them. I personally think they are great for a nursery and they also come in so many different designs, it was easy to find one that matched the theme of the nursery.
Despite the nursery being a cosy, homely place, it does need to be practical as well and that means there does need to be some form of storage in it. Wicker baskets are great for nurseries and children’s bedrooms, because they have a touch of delicateness and softness about them. They are also great for keeping things that you need to be easily available. We keep our cloth nappies in one of the wicker baskets and socks, mittens, bibs, muslins in the other.
The best way to create homely feel to a room however is by putting a lamp into it. Lamps emanate a soft glow and create a calming atmosphere. We fell in love with this lamp as we felt it gave a feel of sitting under the stars, something that works spectacularly in the nursery.
We call Elijah our little monkey and so I was thrilled to find a name board for the door, that not only matched the nursery but also had a little monkey on it. This fabulous name board by Little Kids Treasures really was the finishing touch for the nursery.
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