Everything You Need to Know Before Designing Your Perfect Nursery

Everything You Need to Know Before Designing Your Perfect Nursery


The rollercoaster journey of pregnancy is filled with its fair share of ups and downs. From shifting hormones and numerous anti-natal appointments, to restless nights courtesy of a blossoming baby bump.

Yet, mixed in with these challenging moments are plenty of unforgettable milestones. The awe-inspiring first scan, the joy of picking out the very first babygrow, and the excitement of designing a nursery that's perfect for your new arrival.

Below we’ve broken down the key elements to transforming your nursery to create a space you and your little one will love for years to come.

Choosing a nursery theme or colour scheme

Deciding on a theme or a colour scheme for your nursery is a great place to start. This will impact what style of nursery furniture you choose and will guide you when looking for complementary accessories and décor.

What to consider:

  • Will it stand the test of time? Try to avoid themes that your child will quickly grow out of, it’s best to go for something subtle that can be refreshed with new accessories or prints as your little one grows.
  • When selecting the colours you want to use in the nursery it’s worth considering the natural light in the room. You can easily maximise the space once you know whether the room faces north, east, west, or south.
  • Remember you’ll also be spending a lot of time in the nursery – make sure it’s a space you’ll both be able to enjoy.

Nursery Trends 2024

It’s likely you already have a Pinterest board dedicated to nursery inspiration. But just in case you’re struggling to decide on a theme or colour scheme, here are a few of our favourites that are trending in 2024.

Warm neutrals

Warm neutrals such as cashmere and taupe can help to create a cosy sanctuary for you and your baby. These gender-neutral colours are versatile and can easily be refreshed with updated décor as they grow.

 Contemporary colour pop

The nursery is the perfect room to get playful with pops of colour, plus vibrant hues stimulate learning and creativity. Colorful accents can easily be introduced in the form of soft accessories and bedding.

The Secret Linen Store Frankie Cot Bed Set features a fun polka-dotted, hand-drawn design, that incorporates gorgeous colourful splodges in rust, teal, yellow and pink. Perfect for adding a touch of colour to your nursery.

Into the wild

A jungle themed nursery isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but if the thought of elaborate wall murals and green paint seems daunting, you can easily take a more subtle approach to this trend. Think safari prints, leafy greens, and rattan furniture.

Ditsy florals

Florals are a classic that will never go out of style, and don’t necessarily have to be the main focus of your nursery interior. Instead opt for subtle florals in the form of bedding, stenciling or wall stickers. We adore the new Fleur Cot Bed Set from Secret Linen Store. Its delicate rosebud design is not only beautiful but also made from 100% organic cotton. A floral win for your nursery!


Choosing the right nursery furniture

The most important purchase you’ll make for your nursery is the furniture, it’s likely that the pieces you choose will stay with your little one as their nursery converts into their first bedroom. So, choosing quality, long-lasting nursery furniture is key.

What to consider:

  • Choosing a cot bed that converts into a toddler bed or daybed means you don’t have to invest in a new bed for your little one once they’ve outgrown their cot.
  • Other convertible nursery furniture pieces like a dresser with a removable changing top and a wardrobe with full-size hanging space are also worth considering.
  • When shopping for your nursery furniture you may be tempted to go for a matching set. But mixing up your furniture and combining different textures and materials can also have a really nice effect.
  • Don’t forget to measure your space before placing any furniture orders. If you want to see any of our furniture in your room before ordering, you can also use our AR function on your mobile phone.

Styling your nursery

Once you’ve decorated your space and put together your nursery furniture, it’s time to start thinking about the finishing touches. Accessories are a great way to tie together your nursery theme and add personality to your little one’s room.

Sleeptime essentials such as beautiful bedding sets and comfy blankets contribute to creating a relaxing environment for bedtime. We love the new baby and child range from Secret Linen Store, which covers everything from adorable cot bedding, toddler duvet cover sets, and super-soft muslins. Each product is crafted using premium, hypoallergenic materials that are gentle on your baby’s delicate skin. Don’t forget to also invest in a quality cot bed mattress!

Another nursery must-have you might want to purchase is a comfortable nursing chair. Perfect for midnight feeds, bedtime stories, and bonding with your baby.

Smaller décor additions like a bookshelf, storage baskets for toys, and even plants can all make the perfect finishing touches for your nursery.