Once my fiancé and I discovered we were having a boy, I couldn't wait to start designing the nursery!
I had done some research and discovered the first colours babies can identify, are black white and red and I wanted to incorporate these colours into my scheme, in the hope he would be all the more inquisitive in the world around him as he developed.
I interpret red to the be one of the strongest colours on the spectrum, so I didn't want to assault his senses too much with block colouring; I decided to make the main colour of the room white, so it was a neutral canvas and opted for dreamy cloud wallpaper to go next to the cot. I then decided to make the accent colour a bright 'big top' red - and that's when the idea for a circus theme was born!
I really loved researching all the different products out there and wanted the nursery to be bright and colourful, but with the feeling of those vintage old fashioned circuses of the 20's. Whilst searching endlessly online, I found and fell in love with the circus bedroom range from The White Company. Unfortunately, this line is no longer available in 2016, but you can have a look at their gorgeous new ranges online.
I opted for the red and white wash bag, the circus themed bedding, cushion covers and their lovely bunting. I also invested in some circus greeting cards that I framed and put up on the walls, as a cheaper alternative to what was available on the high street.
For the ceiling light, my mum very kindly customized a plain white IKEA lamp shade with some left over bunting to pull the look together.
Wandering around the Country Living fair in Harrogate at Christmas, I found a gorgeous vintage looking felt tiger head and knew instantly I had to have it - it has a lovely whimsical and vintage feel to it and really compliments the other themed accents in his room. They also had a beautiful swans head that would look perfect in a girls room - that's definitely on the list, if I have a little princess next!
I found a gorgeous wall sticker from a company called Mimi'lou that was so huge, I could spread it over three walls, so it ended up being brilliant value for money. All the stickers came on one sheet, which you just cut out and design your own mural. I also found a beautiful circus themed bedspread from Kirstie Allsopp's home range and a wooden giraffe height chart from Emma Jefferson.
Our bespoke paper cut of babes birthday has got pride of place on his wall and that will be re-homed elsewhere in the house when his room gets redecorated in the future, it's just too beautiful to put in a cupboard! I bought mine from https://www.facebook.com/ClareWaterfallPictures/ and I love looking at it, it's such a special reminder of the day we finally got to meet him!
A story corner completed the space and we just used basic picture shelves from IKEA - they're simple, inexpensive and come in a range of widths - I decided to place mine at floor level, so eventually he can choose his own books at story time.
To further the theme; for his birthday this year we booked a ringmaster style 'Cake Smash' photoshoot and had a circus themed party, where our little lion tamer had lots of fun turning one!
Even though he's still so little, I've got so much enjoyment already from being in his nursery, watching him play, explore and grow - and whatever he's into next - aliens, cowboys, robots or dinosaurs - I can't wait to look for the next inspiration!
What nursery themes have you chosen for your sweet babes? Please comment and share below!
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