Five great ideas for a natural nursery

07 June 2014

Nurseries are rooms where moms want their babies to be safe and secure. Using the colours and textures of Mother Nature is one way to cultivate a snug, nest-like environment for baby. Sam Scarborough, kids’ décor writer, gives some great advice on how to achieve this look.

Nurseries are rooms where moms want their babies to be safe and secure. Using the colours and textures of Mother Nature is one way to cultivate a snug, nest-like environment for baby.  Sam Scarborough, kids’ décor writer, gives some great advice on how to achieve this look.

Pair fine threads with a rustic basket

The seeming fragility of an otherwise sturdy Moses basket reminds us the little occupant needs love, tenderness and care. Fine drawn-thread work on high-quality cot linen will contrast beautifully with the rustic nature of a Moses basket, accentuating the delicacy and preciousness of your little baby bundle.

Combine textures

Unbleached linens and unpainted wicker provide a naturally nurturing theme, but it’s in the combination and contrast of different textures, from rough open weaves or fluffy rugs to embracing soft felt, that the style really comes together.

Add a touch of vibrant colour

Red is a lovely accent colour to lift the natural palette – working well with raw fabrics and untreated wood in equal measure.

Keep it natural

Plain wood underlines the purity of a natural nursery. In its raw state it signifies a wholesomeness, which in turn reflects our notion of childhood innocence. Wooden objects also signal our innate desire for handcrafted, special things that have been produced with love and care. They show a durability and substance – literally the building blocks for a new life.

Give it a touch of nostalgia

Old linen tea towels add something from the past; sewn together, they make lovely toy bags.

-Sam Scarborough

As a parent, Sam’s motivation for writing and producing children’s décor books and imaginative products is to inspire other moms to be more innovative with their family and home environments. She runs her own kids’ décor company specialising in product design of play spaces and play ideas for children. For more amazing kids’ décor ideas go to www.kidsdecor.co.za orwww.facebook.com/kids.decor.designs

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