Nurseries on a budget: Chic and cheap decorating ideas
Decorating a nursery can be one of the most exciting tasks in the run up to your baby's arrival. From wallpaper to rocking chairs and everything in between, it can, however, work out to be quite expensive. But fear not, creating the perfect surroundings doesn't need to cost the earth. By combining clever design hacks with thoughtful details, you can create an inexpensive space that both you and your baby will love.
Plan Your Budget
First things first, decide on a spending limit. Picture-perfect nurseries come with hefty price tags so it's important to keep track of your spending. Before you go on a shopping spree with Pinterest-worthy ideas in mind, make a list of what you need and want. Focus on what you need first and remember to outfit your little one's room with pieces that will grow with him such as a crib that converts into a bed or a changing unit that also acts as a dresser.
Find a Focal Point
While it's pleasing on the eye to have everything match, nursery themes can be expensive and can date very quickly. Ask yourself, do you really want to look at Peppa Pig wallpaper for the next few years? Instead of redesigning the room from top to bottom, choose one focal point and decorate the room around this. This could be things like a rocking chair, a light fixture or a rug. A bright colourful rug allows you to change the look of the room without a great deal of expense or difficulty. It's also a great way to disguise worn-out flooring, but remember babies tend to make a mess so prepare for spills and choose easy-to-wash textures and busy patterns or prints.
Clutter in a nursery is inevitable, especially if you are lacking wardrobe or storage space. There's no need to buy specially designed storage for your baby's things so check what available storage you already have at home. You could also visit homeware and budget stores for affordable boxes, crates and baskets. These fit nicely under a cot or in a wardrobe without taking up too much space. Mix and match with different prints and colours to bring some playfulness to the room.
Bright and colourful accessories can make a huge impact on a neutral space and are less expensive than new wallpaper or flooring. Check out stores like Penneys or Tiger for fun, affordable pieces like picture frames, mobiles and canvas prints. Personalised decorations like memory boxes and wall hangings can really make a nursery feel special and they are something that your child will cherish for years.
Before going on a shopping spree ask yourself, is there anything that can be bought second-hand? Check out online sites like eBay and DoneDeal, or outlet stores for discounted storage and furniture. Keep in mind that gently-used pieces can be transformed easily with a slick of paint or new fabric. While some items need to be bought new, such as a crib or a mattress, you'll be surprised at how much you can save by repurposing and reusing items you may already have in your home.
Do It Yourself
You don't have to be artistically inclined to decorate your baby's nursery. Wall decals and stencils are great, inexpensive ways to transform a room and are much easier to manage than wallpaper. All it takes is a few art supplies and, best of all, they are easy to cover up should you wish to redecorate the room in the future. A slick of fresh paint can also make a big difference, especially in a small place. When it comes to colours, don't feel the need to stick with traditional pinks and blues. Play around with neutral tones of grey, navy, orange and green.
Ask for Help
If time and money are of the essence, don't be afraid to call on family and friends for help. Family heirlooms like rocking chairs, mirrors and dressers add character to a nursery. If there are several parents in your group of friends, why not suggest rotating items like play mats and sleep monitors among the relevant families when each new baby is born? It's a great way for items to be reused and saves lugging stuff up in the attic in between babies.
Cute, affordable and colourful decorations - what's not to love?
Rug, €10, Heatons
A bright print rug can add colour to a baby's room and is less expensive than wall-to-wall carpeting.
Photo clips, €3, Penneys
Ideal for small spaces, these photo clips look great draped across a bookshelf, mirror or above a dresser.
Baskets, €12 (set of two), Penneys
Who said storage has to be boring? These monochrome print baskets can hold everything from bibs and blankets to toys and throws.
Hooks, €2 each, Tiger
These adorable wall hooks are a brilliant way to brighten up any plain surroundings.
Cushion, €10, Heatons
Inject some bright colour into your little one's space with a mix-and-match of printed cushions.
Clock, €3, Tiger
Rather than investing in specific nursery themes, opt for fun yet timeless decorations like this colourful clock.
Personalised Wall Plaque, €15-€42, Tiny Things
Design a wall plaque with personal details as a keepsake for you and your little one.
Letters, €15 each, Tiny Things
Created by Irish company, Tiny Things, this sweet handmade letter looks beautiful free standing on a bookshelf or as a door hanging.