How to Decorate a Small Nursery – Must Read Tips

By May 25, 2015 Our News

The Childrens Curtain Company show you how to decorate a small nursery

This is a must-read for making the most of a tight space while decorating a children’s nursery.  

The nursery is often the smallest room in the house, and in small spaces, each decorating choice has a big impact. Multi-tasking furniture and some clever design tricks will help you make the best of a small space. Here are our tips to decorate a small nursery:

Tonal colour scheme

A tonal colour scheme (using different versions of the same hue) means less contrast and fewer visual breaks, which creates calm and makes your nursery feel larger. Go for blinds or curtains in a tonal version of the wall colour for example, paint some furniture in slightly darker tones than the wall, or paint woodwork and walls in the same colour.

With a tonal palette, add texture to create interest. Use pattern sparingly and in small doses, for example for cushions or bedding.

How to Decorate a Small Nursery


Go for wall-mounted furniture and furniture raised on legs: this shows more of the floor which makes the room feel lighter and larger.

Simple furniture with clean lines makes a space feel calmer and lighter as it tends to “disappear” in the overall design.

Fewer pieces of furniture and minimising clutter make the room feel larger. Go for a single armoire or built-in storage for all clothes and toys, and have a simple display shelf for some decorative items.

How to Decorate a Small Nursery


Natural light makes small rooms feel mores spacious, so choose a window treatment that doesn’t block the window. You can also use a strategically placed mirror to reflect light.

An overhead pendant draws the eye to one spot and brings the ceiling down, so if you have the option, use ceiling spots instead to wash one wall with light and add table or clamp lights at different heights where needed.

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Create a focal point with impact

To stop a small nursery from feeling bland, make sure to add some drama: one piece with real impact, your focal point. This could be a beautiful armoire painted in an eye-catching colour, a large piece or art or an accent wall for example.

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Happy decorating!

If you’re after some further inspiration, please do check out our Pinterest boards or alternatively get in touch with us at the Childrens Curtain company for more help on how to decorate a small nursery.

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