If you’re at all interested in what’s hot in children’s interior design right now, look no further than the rumours circulating around Harry and Meghan’s plans for their royal baby’s nursery.
OK, it’s unlikely we’re ever going to see the final scheme, but we can make some educated guesses based on all the clues already out there.
No baby pink, blue, yellow or green for this cultured couple…oh no, whites and cool greys are the colours du jour and a celebrity designer who favours traditional, old fashioned touches.
So how do you create such a regal theme on a pauper’s budget..?
Start by editing what you’ve already got…that means a de-clutter too! Can you paint an old piece of furniture to blend in with your new scheme…and do you really need all those brightly-coloured toys on display?
Vicky Charles, the designer believed to be guiding the royal couple, is well known for her love of exposed brick wall features…thankfully these days you can easily, and cheaply, re-create this effect with wallpaper…we especially love this cartoon-like version from GalerieHome for a cheeky take on the theme.
And if a sumptuous velvet armchair, another design favourite of Ms Charles it seems, is out of your modest price-range, try adding a few velvet cushions for a luxurious effect…H&M have cushion covers for under £7 a time…just remember…cool greys..!
Go large with your lighting…ideally, you’re looking for a traditional style chandelier. Check out discount and DIY stores for affordable replica options.
Seek out traditional wooden toys for decoration and practical play. Stick to natural or muted grey colours where possible, or update with a coat of child-friendly paint…talking of which, if your budget won’t stretch to lavender-infused, vegan paint, try Little Greene for more modest environmentally safe options.
Finally, add in a touch of Meghan’s ‘Californian Cool’ with white, lightweight, floaty linens and cottons for bedding, windows and soft furnishings for a dreamy, romantic touch.
Hope you’ve been inspired to give it a go…nursery or not.