Discovering that you’re expecting a baby is a unique experience, particularly for new parents.
Alongside ultrasound appointments and sensing your baby’s movements, designing a beautiful, welcoming yet practical nursery is an exciting task!
With countless stylish and beautiful options for nurseries to browse online, settling on a design for your own can be challenging.
But we’ve got your back! Our Top UK Nursery Decor and Deisgn Trends for 2023 post can help you craft a fashionable and calming haven for you and your little one.
We’ll cover natural and sustainable materials, earthy tones, organic shapes, wallpapered walls, maximalist designs, soft cosy texture, and 2023 colours. Additionally, we’ll talk about beautiful lighting to make the most of your baby’s room.
Top UK Nursery Design Trends: Sustainable Materials and Eco-friendly Furnishings
In 2023, eco-conscious design will be at the forefront of nursery decor. Choosing eco-friendly and sustainable materials should be a top priority for any new decor project, and natural materials are set to be very popular in 2023. By choosing eco-conscious materials, you not only help protect the environment, but also provide a healthier space for your baby.
One eco-friendly material that’s gaining popularity in nursery design trends is bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable, fast-growing plant that can be harvested every 3-5 years, making it a renewable resource. It’s also a durable material that can be used to create stylish and functional furniture for your baby’s room. For instance, a bamboo crib or changing table can add a touch of natural beauty to the nursery.
Another popular eco-friendly material is natural wood. Look for furniture made from FSC-certified wood, which comes from sustainably managed forests. FSC-certified wood is an excellent choice for cribs, dressers, and other furniture pieces that will last for years.
When it comes to textiles and upholstery, organic cotton is an excellent choice. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, making it a safer and healthier option for your baby’s delicate skin. Organic cotton bedding, crib sheets, and swaddles can provide a comfortable and natural environment for your baby.
To add some softness and warmth to the nursery, consider using natural wool rugs or blankets. Wool is a renewable and biodegradable material that can provide insulation and comfort, while also being easy to clean and maintain.
When choosing eco-friendly furnishings, it’s also important to consider the manufacturing process. Look for furniture brands that use sustainable practices and materials, and avoid those that contribute to deforestation, pollution, or exploitation of workers.
Here are some useful links to learn more about eco-friendly nursery design trends and sustainable materials:
- The Natural Nursery: Eco-Friendly Baby Products and Advice (https://www.thenaturalnursery.co.uk/)
- The Ethical Shop: Eco-Friendly Nursery (https://www.ethicalshop.org/gifts/ethical-nursery.html)
- The Woodland Trust: Sustainable Woodland Management (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/about-us/sustainable-woodland-management/)
- Soil Association: Organic Standards and Certification (https://www.soilassociation.org/certification/organic-standards/)
- Made in Britain: Supporting British Manufacturers (https://www.madeinbritain.org/)
Earthy Tones and Neutral Colours
When it comes to nursery design trends, neutral colours and earthy tones are gaining in popularity in 2023. Natural greens, peach, and terracotta shades are great ways to create a warm and inviting space for your baby.
To add depth and texture to the nursery, consider using textiles in neutral colours such as soft cappuccino rugs or wood-toned painted walls. These natural hues can create a relaxing and calm atmosphere that is perfect for your baby to sleep and play.
For more inspiration, check out these Pinterest boards dedicated to earthy and neutral nursery decor:
- Earthy Nursery Decor by The Ginger Home (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/thegingerhome/earthy-nursery-decor/)
- Neutral Nursery Ideas by Project Nursery (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/projectnursery/neutral-nursery-ideas/)
- Boho Earthy Nursery by Hello Little Hue (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hellolittlehue/boho-earthy-nursery/)
- Rustic Earthy Nursery by The Mini Apartment (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/theminiapartment/rustic-earthy-nursery/)
- Terracotta Nursery Inspiration by Babyccino Kids (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/babyccinokids/terracotta-nursery-inspiration/)
These boards are filled with ideas and inspiration for creating a beautiful and stylish nursery that uses earthy tones and neutral colours. From wood accents and natural textures to muted hues and soft fabrics, these pins will help you find the perfect balance of warmth and simplicity in your baby’s room.
By incorporating earthy tones and neutral colours into your nursery decor, you can create a space that is both calming and inviting for your baby. These colours are versatile and timeless, ensuring that your nursery will look stylish and functional for years to come.
Top UK Nursery Design Trends: Organic Shapes and Curved Furniture Details
Organic shapes are gaining popularity in 2023 nursery decor, and they can add a playful and eye-catching element to the room. Think painted circles and arches, or curved furniture details such as rounded edge shelving and crib frames.
Curved furniture can create a soft and inviting atmosphere in the nursery, and it can be especially soothing for your baby. For instance, a rounded-edge rocking chair can add a touch of comfort and elegance to the room. Rounded cribs and dressers can also provide a gentle and safe environment for your little one.
When it comes to decor, consider using wallpaper with organic shapes or adding some wall art that features playful and abstract designs. These pieces can create a fun and whimsical atmosphere that is perfect for your baby to explore and enjoy.
Wallpapered Walls with Patterns and Texture
Wallpaper is a big entry in nursery design trends for 2023 and is a great way to incorporate patterns or texture into the room. Woodland scapes, botanicals, and muted maximalist patterns are some of the ways that people are using wallpaper in their nurseries to create a statement. Whether you choose to keep the rest of the nursery simple or continue with a theme is up to you.
When selecting wallpaper for your baby’s nursery, it’s important to choose a product that is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals. Look for wallpapers that are made with eco-friendly materials and are printed using water-based inks.
Here are some UK manufacturers that produce eco-friendly and non-toxic wallpaper for nurseries:
- Little Greene (https://www.littlegreene.com/)
- Farrow & Ball (https://www.farrow-ball.com/)
- Earthborn Paints (https://www.earthbornpaints.co.uk/)
- Cole & Son (https://www.cole-and-son.com/en/)
- Sanderson (https://www.sandersondesigngroup.com/)
These manufacturers offer a wide range of wallpaper designs that are perfect for creating a unique and stylish nursery. From bold and colourful prints to muted and understated designs, there is something for every taste and style.
To see some more examples of wallpapered nursery walls, check out these Pinterest boards:
- Nursery Wallpaper by The Wallpaper Shop (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/thewallpapershop/nursery-wallpaper/)
- Baby Room Wallpaper Ideas by Murals Wallpaper (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/muralswallpaper/baby-room-wallpaper-ideas/)
- Children’s Wallpaper by Hibou Home (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hibouhome/childrens-wallpaper/)
Maximalist Designs and Clashing Colours
Something different in our list of nursery design trends for 2023.
If natural hues are not your thing, then another trend for 2023 nurseries is maximalism. Bold patterns such as checkerboard rugs mixed with coloured furniture and lots of textures are becoming more popular.
Bright colours and cute furnishings with a 90s influence are also great ways to introduce a maximalist style into your nursery.
The idea is that more is more, and people are letting loose and decorating their nurseries in playful patterns and clashing colours.
2023 Colours: Lavender, Navy, and Raspberry
Among the many popular nursery colours, three colours set to be popular in 2023 are lavender, navy, and raspberry pink.
Digital lavender is WGSN’s colour of the year, so expect pretty pastel lavender to be a popular choice for paint and fabric. Navy blue hues are becoming a popular nursery choice for their elegant and sophisticated appearance. Navy is a mature colour choice that is neutral and rich in tone, making it an excellent option for a statement wall in nurseries. It can also create a great contrast to lighter-toned furnishings.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2023 is Viva Magenta, a rich pink-red tone, and Benjamin Moore has chosen Raspberry Blush as the colour for 2023. Both colours resemble juicy raspberries and will no doubt dominate in both decor and nursery accessories.
- For digital lavender, you can visit the Dulux website (https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/colour-palettes/dulux-colour-year-2023).
- For navy blue, you can check out the Farrow & Ball website (https://www.farrow-ball.com/paint-colours/navy).
- For Viva Magenta and Raspberry Blush, you can refer to Pantone’s UK website (https://www.pantone.com/uk/color-of-the-year-2023) and Benjamin Moore’s UK website (https://www.benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk/inspiration/color-trends-2023) respectively.
Beautiful Lighting for a Soothing Ambiance
Controlling the light in a room can change the way it feels, and this is especially important in a nursery.
If your nursery benefits from large windows, make the most of the natural light you receive and allow the sun to stream in during the day. At night, use black-out blinds so your baby is not disturbed and use soft lamps to light their room.
However, if your nursery does not receive much natural light, choose light-coloured furniture and textiles to help reflect as much light as possible. Night lights are essential for finding your way to your baby in the middle of the night, but you don’t have to compromise on style. You can use stylish lamps to light the way instead.
Nursery Design Trends: Final Thoughts
Designing and decorating a nursery for your baby is a beautiful opportunity to create a luxurious space that is functional and stylish. It is the perfect chance to showcase your personal style and create a bond with your baby.
There are many wonderful trends for 2023 nurseries that will help you to create the ideal dream space that both you and your baby will love. Whether you choose a neutral nursery with sustainable natural furnishings or create a bright and playful nursery with bursts of colour, there is something in 2023 that will suit everyone.
As long as your nursery is functional, safe, and comfortable for your baby, you can have lots of fun creating a wonderful nursery that is both stylish and practical. Hopefully, these latest UK trends will provide you with some inspiration and guidance to create a unique and beautiful nursery for your little one.
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