Scandi For Baby
Scandi For Baby
In the second of three parts, Nete Vester explains how to achieve the
Scandinavian style for your Nursery
Welcome to part two of our great three-part series on how to achieve the Scandi look. We’ve heard so much about how beautiful and practical it is. Nete Vester of Moberry interiors takes us through the key elements we need to consider when trying to create this natural feel for our newborns’ nurseries.
Creating a nursery for your baby is an exciting task as it’s their first part of your home. As with any other Scandi design, the core principles remain the same; clean lines, muted colours and functionality, all tailored around the baby’s need. This article will give you some insights on how to apply a Nordic style in your nursery.
Back to the nature
Very much linked to colour is the choice of materials. Scandinavians love being in or close to the nature, which is why wood and other natural materials like cotton and wool are preferred. Combining materials also creates depth and visual interest in a room. The nurseries in most Scandi homes come with wooden floor and a good rug both add some warmth and facilitate play.
Functional and Beautifully designed furniture by Sebra.
As when decorating any room, start with the colour scheme you want to achieve. Colour psychology is a huge subject because every colour has a different effect on the human body. The foundation of Scandi design is brightness and subtle colours with white often being the clean backdrop for the walls. Conveniently this is also the shade associated with innocence. If you are looking for an alternative, light grey is a good choice. With calmness essential in a baby nursery, add some secondary colours in natural, dusky shades to create some visual interest, both for you and the baby. From here you can easily play around with more colours by adding cushions, wall stickers, or rugs. A good starting point for inspiration is your own home, combined with the enormous source of inspiration online e.g. Pinterest.
Layout and quality
Next, consider the need of the room in order to get the right layout: will the baby sleep with you, do you need a changing table in there etc. It’s time to start thinking about the bigger main pieces of furniture including cot, changing table, a nursing chair , drawers or other clothing storage. My advice is to invest in a few good quality pieces of furniture that grow with your children – you will be using these for a good few years, possibly longer if you are considering having more kids. Scandi’s love a good, high quality design. If you are on a budget, look at the many great second hand resources available – as with any good design and quality, they keep the standard and value well and you can always resell it when you no longer need it.
“As with any good design and quality, they keep the standard and value well
and you can always resell it when you no longer need it“
Cot in natural look and materials
The importance of light
Light can make or break any room and with the long winters in mind, Scandinavians love multiple light sources. Even though nurseries are for the early childhood stage, the right light is important, e.g. for playing, quiet time etc. Dimmers are great as they adjust your light to any situation. Various task lights, such as a reading light, a ceiling lamp for when entering the room, and light for play do make a difference too. Combining light sources is key for creating hygge, especially during the dark winter months.
Rug and Pear storage basket
by Ferm Living
Keep it minimal
And now we are at the subject of stuff. While babies come with more gear than we often initially anticipate, try to keep it simple. Babies, and children in general don’t need a lot of toys and things around them. Creating space for play and creativity, even at a young age, is much more important. A good activity mat, a cute mobile and a few simple pieces of toys will do. If you have received too many presents, rotate them. You will quickly find out which items are keepers and what might be better suited in a charity shop.
Multifunctional changing table
by Done by Deer
Functionality and storage
Functionality is key in any Scandi room. When investing in the bigger furniture, aim at multi-functional ones, preferably with storage. This is the one thing you cannot get enough of and is key in order to preserve clean lines aligned with Scandi principles. You might as well invest in good storage from the start and if bought with a longer perspective in mind, they can be used at later childhood stages too. Remember that vertical surfaces can be used too for books and toys, so using the space cleverly and also adding some decoration.
Make your nursery unique
Add your personal touch by including some original items in the nursery. Items that mean something to you or have a history are a good start, but it can be anything. It’s also a good way to avoid the feeling of everything being bought at the same time, leaving a catalogue feeling.
Needless to say, safety comes above everything in a nursery, Scandinavian design or not. Before you know it, babies start to become mobile and stand up, so do ensure to mount everything to the wall, keep small pieces out of reach and don’t leave any hanging items around.
Happy nursery decorating.
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