Great décor ideas for an eco friendly baby room

By Kirstin Buick
26 September 2013

It is often accessories or a simple paint technique that transform any ordinary room into a delightful nursery. Nurseries are rooms where parents 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.

Peaceful and calm, the soothing nature of an eco-conscious room can help create a tender cocoon for a newborn. Here the emphasis is neither on colour nor pattern, but on a soft and serene mood created by natural textures. Eco-style is forward-thinking so a contemporary designer edge can really make a bold statement but so too can recycled pieces like painted old crates for practical storage.

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COLOURS: A pale and clean palette – mellow neutrals and soft whites – creates the mood in this nursery.

WALL TREATMENT: Wood in any form is visually warm and embracing and, from a practical point of view, is wonderful insulation. To be truly eco-conscious, re-use old timbers or buy new from a sustainable source. There are many organic water-based and low-odour paints on the market for walls or wood.

FABRIC: Woven fabrics in cotton, linen and wool add depth and texture to this subtle look. There are now many organic and free-trade cottons available and using vintage cloth like old sacking is, of course, very planet friendly. Old cloth, especially if hand-woven,  is beautifully textured. The cocooning nature of felt makes it a great fabric for lampshades or even flooring.

ACCESSORIES: It is so easy to accessorise this style quite cost-effectively, from found objects on a beach to a simple, but very effective, painted branch which makes the perfect hanger for soft toys. Throw in some knitted and crocheted toys in natural cotton and for fabulous storage make simple sacks from linen or hemp. Add a ribbon and you can hang the sacks up on a hook or peg. Handmade wooden toys will finish the look beautifully.

FURNITURE: Shaped like an egg, this contemporary nest of a cot sits on a rocking base to lull baby to sleep. In sharp contrast, recycled wooden crates, washed in organic white paint, make for great open storage. They can also double-up as seats or small tables. Alternatively, they can be hung on a wall.

CARPETS: Natural, hand-woven, 100% wool carpets are perfect for this eco-friendly room.

DECOR TIP: Underlining the eco philosophy of re-use and re-cycle look at simple things such as newspapers and old books for very effective, cheap and cheerful decoration, cut into garlands or folded and shaped into baubles.

Sweet, soft and serene but with a contemporary edge this eco room is both progressive and nurturing.

Sam Scarborough

As a parent, Sam's motivation for writing and producing kid’s decor books and creative products is to inspire other moms to be more creative with their family and home environments. Sam believes a child’s environment is the first step to creative experience and expression.

Sam runs her own kids decor company specializing in product design of creative play spaces and play ideas for children. She is also a decor consultant, focusing on children's rooms. Sam also presents creative decor workshops, giving parents inspiring decor ideas for their children's bedrooms and personal spaces. She has done workshops with Wellness Warehouse, Home & Tuis magazine and Plascon in Gauteng.

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