The kids have just left home, and we are redecorating their rooms. I'm finally going to get the home office that I've always wanted, and my husband is going to get a sewing room. It's an amazing feeling to be entering into this new stage of our life. We need to redecorate the rooms a fair bit - as I don't think that anyone is going to take me seriously on work video conferencing calls in a black walled room with rock posters behind me! This blog is all about redecorating your empty nest so that you can make the most of your extra space.
Decorating the nursery is one of the many joys that come with expecting a new baby. It can take your mind off common worries expectant parents have and help those long months pass by as you excitedly wait to meet your little one. Not everyone wants a cartoon-themed nursery, but cost is also a key factor for budget-conscious parents preparing for the extra expense of raising a child. However, you can create an elegant nursery on a tight budget. Here are three tips to get you started:
Nothing raises the profile of a room more than a polished wood floor. Starting with stripped back softwood boards, such as pine, keeps the cost of wood flooring in check, and laying a softwood floor can actually be cheaper than carpeting. Choosing timber flooring with a warm amber glow finish that retains the natural look of the wood gives you an elegant floor that's easy to clean and works with any colour scheme. There should be worrying about spillages and stains or having to change the flooring when your child grows out of their nursery furniture and you find yourself redecorating with your opinionated toddler.
Create a feature wall with luxury wallpaper and use neutral tones on the remaining walls. This keeps costs down but still gives you a visually stunning wall to enjoy. Limiting patterned paper to one wall also prevents the room looking too busy, and minimalism and elegance go hand in hand. Forget the latest trends and opt for classic patterns and high-end styles, such as damask and chintz.
Modern nursery furniture tends to either be cheap and flimsy or focuses on style over quality. Forget paying too much for furniture that looks good but won't last, and opt for high-quality vintage furniture that's a fraction of the price of modern MDF pieces. Older nursery sets tend to be made with better quality materials, such as oak or walnut, and are easy to clean before being used. The crib is the centrepiece of the nursery, so look for a solid wood crib with thick, carved legs and a polished finish to add warmth to the nursery without being overbearing.
These are just a few ways you can keep your budget in check when creating an elegant nursery for your new baby. Babies can become overstimulated easily, so keep room accessories to a minimum and opt for budget-friendly pictures of your family for the walls rather than expensive nursery murals.