Max’s Nursery – A Room Tour

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One of the things that every parent rushes to get ready for their first child is the nursery decor and despite having a whole house to renovate while I was pregnant, we of course were no exception. This room had the added bonus that underneath 4 layers of wallpaper that was standard for the house, the wall had been covered with a PVA adhesive layer which we (or rather, my very patient husband) painstakingly scraped off.

Nursery decor grey and yellow

I wanted the nursery to be gender neutral, and to be a calm, bright, but relaxing place to be. It’s a small room with boxy dimensions, so needed some consideration to keep an airy feel.ย I chose a grey colour scheme,ย choosing Farrow & Ball’s classic Cornforth White for the walls, and added brightness through pops of yellow. Although Farrow & Ball aren’t normally my preference, I really like Cornforth White, (which is confusingly a pale grey) it works really well in our south facing room – not too cool and not too warm either.

nursery decor kallax storage cube

Nursery decor vignette

Like many first time parents, we made good use of Ikea for our furniture. We originally had the Gulliver changing table set up which was great for ease of changing when Max was small, but as he’s got bigger I now change him in the bathroom and instead we’ve reclaimed the space for a Kallax storage cube. This is perfect as the yellow cubes hold a vast amount of stuff – we use one for all of Max’s bedding, and another just for general toys. It’s also another space to create a little vignette – I love these wooden elephants that we picked up from a stall at Winchester Christmas market, and the star circus light (super cheap from Not on the High St)

Felt owl mobile

nursery decor Felt owl mobile

Despite Max being more of a toddler now, we’ve left his felt owl mobile in it’s original position above the changing table. This was one of my most loved nursery purchases – I’m a sucker for felt and it’s just so cute, I can’t bring myself to take it down! This was from BeeJanie via Etsy and was customised for our nursery colours.

nursery decor interiors

We don’t have space for a wardrobe in this room, so we needed a good size chest of drawers that would fit in the alcove space – enter the classic Hemnes! I love the Hemnes range – we have it in our bedroom as well and it’s just perfect for storing loads of clothes in. It also has a large top which makes an ideal area to display Max’s books, as well as the vintage globe I picked up to show him the world! I love these rainbow bookends from M&S.

Rainbow bookends Marks and Spencer

I also love the Ikea picture rails for creating little displays. I’m using them in Max’s room to display his favourite books and create a little themed display. We have a huge array of soft toy animals that I like to use as props in his favourite books – Dear Zoo is made all the more exciting by his soft toy friends! (Thanks to Elsie Pop Designs for the hand crocheted frog addition to our collection!) I’ll admit to being a bit of a perfectionist here, as I didn’t like the stained white wood finish to the picture rails, so I painted them properly matte white with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Nursery decor interiors

We also installed the Gro Company’s Gro-light, a light fixture that fits over your normal light fitting and means that the first click when you turn on your light switch gives the room a dim, night-light feel, rather than the full-blown daytime light. A second switch puts the normal light on. This is such a simple invention, but genius for parents who are in and out of their child’s room at night and don’t want to be putting on the ‘big’ light all the time.

On the whole I’m pleased with what we’ve achieved in the nursery. I’ve always felt it was an awkward space that potentially might feel quite cramped, but I find it a calm and relaxing place to be. I’m making the most of loving this space now, before the time comes when Max demands garish cartoon characters all over the walls!

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42 Comments
  • Innocent Charms Chats
    February 24, 2016

    It’s a lovely bright room, I love all the rainbow touches x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thank you – my original nursery plan was rainbow, but I couldn’t quite get my head around pulling it off. I clearly couldn’t quite put the idea to rest!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    February 24, 2016

    What a lovely room, and I adore that owl mobile! x #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks Becky, it’s just lovely isn’t it? He has no interest in it anymore, but I can’t bear to take it down!

  • Baby Isabella
    February 24, 2016

    Love the splash of yellow against the grey. We’re big fans of rainbows too! #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      I think it’s the perfect combo – the grey is calming, and the yellow just gives it that bit of uplift! And I just can’t resist a rainbow ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hayley
    February 24, 2016

    Such a lovely room, I love the colours. I’ve been looking at those circus star lights this week and it looks great in there, a big fan of the picture ledges too, so easy to update when you want something different in the room! xx #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks Hayley – I highly recommend it. Ok, it’s not the authentic metal version and you can definitely tell that up close, but the price reflects that, and it’s safe for a child’s room. I love it!

  • Jess Powell
    February 24, 2016

    It looks lovely! My fave things are the rainbow bookends (so cute!) and the mobile, it really is fab! x #HomeEtc

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum
    February 24, 2016

    It looks lovely, very classy but also child friendly, too. I love those picture rails we have them in our play room to display all the boys figures for the computer they’ll come in handy when your kids are older too and you can repaint them.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Yes, they’re great for books for now, so that he can choose them himself, but I can see them being used for lots of lego figure displays and things like that in the future. I’ll have to relinquish control over the display at that point though I guess!

  • KarenAnita
    February 24, 2016

    Oh I relate to this so much! We renovated when I was pregnant too and it was a really awkward corner box room so we were convinced it would be too small. But it just works as a lovely cosy space! The colour scheme is gorgeous. I think grey works beautifully in nurseries because letโ€™s face it, the toys and books provide enough colour anyway donโ€™t they? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks – it has enough space for what we need, but does make taking photos quite awkward! I still love the colour scheme – it’s just so calming and you’re right – kids stuff tends towards the bright side!

  • Louisa
    February 24, 2016

    It’s such a calm and beautiful nursery. I especially like the owl mobile, it’s so cute. #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks Louisa, it’s lovely isn’t it? I wonder when I’ll end up taking it down? Maybe I’ll hang it in my own room!

  • Lucy Bishop
    February 24, 2016

    What a gorgeous nursery space! I’ve just shared my son Bert’s nursery over on #HomeEtc too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I particularly love the felt yellow/grey mobile – I have to say that’s one of my favourite colour combos! Beautiful!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks Lucy – I headed on over to snoop at your son’s nursery too, it’s gorgeous! I love the wallpaper, it has such a fun feel.

  • Elena
    February 25, 2016

    What a beautiful nursery, love the touches of yellow and grey. My favourite pieces have to be the rainbow book ends and the owl mobile.
    My son’s nursery is so small that we have never bothered doing too much to it!
    #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 25, 2016

      I feel your pain – this room is pretty small (although not the smallest nursery I’ve seen!) They’re my favourite pieces too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lizzie Woodman
    February 25, 2016

    What a perfect nursery. I love the colours you’ve chosen. That is a really nice grey/white – I might think about it for my son’s bedroom who wants a Star Wars theme (argh!). You really can’t beat Ikea for children’s rooms! #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 25, 2016

      I really liked the colour (I’m quite specific about grey!) Apparently it can take on a bit of a mauve tone, depending on the light, so worth getting a tester first to check you’re happy. A Star Wars theme sounds pretty cool I reckon – better than Peppa Pig anyway, which is my son’s current favourite (hoping he moves past that stage before we need to redecorate!)

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    February 25, 2016

    It is really stunning and such a lovely space for little ones! I would do this style again if I was (I’m not having any more) but if I was then this is similar to my taste! Love the grey. Thanks for linking up – much appreciated. Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 25, 2016

      Thanks Jess, I love your linky, it’s always such a lovely collection of posts! Grey is so perfect for walls, isn’t it? I’ve realised my whole house is either white, blue or grey walls – I think I need to think a bit more wildly!

  • The Years Are Short
    February 26, 2016

    It’s gorgeous Katy! Love the colour scheme so much and it looks like such a fun and welcoming room to be in. The felt mobile with the owl is fab ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 26, 2016

      Thanks Robyn – I’m really pleased with it, despite the small space! Just waiting for when he wants to redecorate to his choice now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tammymum
    February 26, 2016

    That’s a really lovely nursery. We are just doing our little mans, I hope we manage to make it look as stylish! Love the colour ideas too. #bloggerclubuk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 29, 2016

      Thanks so much – I think the grey base and pops of yellow works well as you can just swap out the yellow in future for another colour if you get bored!

  • Mummy Stylist
    February 26, 2016

    You have styled this nursery so beautifully, I love the combination of grey and yellow, so sunshiney. #bloggerclubuk

  • Stephanie Robinson
    February 27, 2016

    It does look a tranquil and calming place – always a good move with a baby I think. Love the owl mobile and the pops of yellow, it all looks fab ๐Ÿ™‚ #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 29, 2016

      Thanks so much Stephanie – you can at least aim for them to be calm with your decor choice! Doesn’t always work, but hey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Newcastle Family Life
    February 28, 2016

    What a gorgeous nursery. I love the colour scheme, very calming. I really need to check out Ikea for my little ones bedroom as I really need more storage xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 29, 2016

      Ikea is the one for storage – we use all of their little drawer inserts for keeping clothes organised, I love them!

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    February 29, 2016

    Ah it is a calm & relaxing space. I love the colors you have chosen. The room is just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing with blogger club uk x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      February 29, 2016

      Thanks Becky – normally I get bored of decor and want to start changing things again quite soon, but I still love this two years on ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lins BooandMaddie
    March 1, 2016

    It’s absolutely gorgeous and that little felt owl mobile is wonderful. I can totally see why you love spending time in the room X #HomeEtc

  • Katie @mummydaddyme
    March 2, 2016

    Aw his nursery is just gorgeous! I love the mobile. We are going to do our little boys nursery in yellow and grey with a bird theme I think! x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 2, 2016

      Thanks Katie! I think grey and yellow is such a good choice – I’ve lived with it for a while now and I still love it (which is unlike me!)

  • Anxious Mummy
    March 10, 2016

    What a beautiful nursery! Love the different coloured elephants, where are they from? Jemma x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 10, 2016

      They’re lovely aren’t they? I got them at Winchester Christmas market, from one of their stalls – I bet there’d be lots of things like that at any craft fair though if you fancied getting your hands on something similar before Christmas!

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