Baby Blues: How to Bring Blue into the Nursery
Can’t decide what colour to decorate the nursery? Choose blue!
Why blue? Well, it’s been voted the world’s number-one colour, for starters! Found throughout the natural world, from cloudless skies to deep oceans – blue hues have been proven to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation – making it the perfect remedy for restless little ones and nervy new parents. Psychologists suggest it’s the colour of calm, peace and tranquillity, so it’s easy to see why blue has long been a popular choice for the nursery.
But don’t stop there! With hundreds of shades to choose from, think outside the traditional ‘Baby Blue’ box. From Scandi-navy-ian schemes to Fairy-teal themes, we’re here to show you how to incorporate this blue-tiful nursery colour in a fresh, new way!
1. Blue-ming Gorgeous!
When introducing blue to the nursery, it can be tempting to head straight to your local DIY store to select a wall paint or paper… But by picking out a pre-painted nursery set instead, you can ditch the dust covers and overalls and go blue without lifting a single paint roller!
Including a convertible cot bed, baby changing unit and wardrobe, and available in a choice of three timeless shades; you can’t (indi)go wrong with the Milenne Nursery Set from Vox. Paired with brass-coloured hardware, carved details and panelled to perfection, this statement set is oh-so adora-blue! Suiting a range of schemes, style yours with floral patterns, jute accessories and heirloom treasures, all in complimentary colours, to give this set a personal touch.
A popular colour across Northern Europe, the Scandinavian brands know how to do blue! Leander is one of them!
Crafted in Denmark from natural oak, Leander’s honey-toned wooden Linea Cot and blue bedding were made for each other! Artfully pairing complimentary colours – along with a colour-matched changing table, a deep navy accent wall and contrasting mustard yellow rug and toys – this clever colour combo isn’t just easy on the eyes, it also helps fine-tune your little one’s early visual development. In their first months, although babies aren’t yet able to process colour, they’re drawn to bold contrasting shades and shapes. By creating a colour-rich environment like this one, your baby’s stimulating surroundings will help nurture these important connections and strengthen their vision. So, even scientists are team blue!
We couldn’t mention blue without also taking a deep dive into nautical nursery themes! Called the ‘Blue Planet’ for good reason – we’re surrounded by oceans, lakes, lagoons and rivers, and (for the most part) they’re gorgeous blue; so why not take inspiration from the water, and introduce your kiddies to this cool colour!
Calling all water babies – Obaby has styled their driftwood-inspired Nika Mini Cot Bed Set with a selection of sea creatures. Including an adjustable cot bed and baby changing table, all set against an underwater backdrop, it’s hard to feel blue with these happy hues! If you’re feeling really brave – try hand-painting a fish-themed mural to fit the theme… or stick to stickers?
Suitable from birth, up to the age of 4 – with the toddler bed conversion kit included, you won’t have to redecorate your little urchin’s bedroom quite so soon.
4. Shore thing!
Not sure about nautical? The pastel Vox Vintage 4 Piece Nursery Set might sway you to blue! Transporting tots to the seaside, the colourful tallboy and dresser drawers look just like beach huts. Choose from 6 pastel shades, including soothing blue, and store their swimming cosies and sunhats in the oak effect double wardrobe. Bringing back memories of balmy holidays, you’ll love taking trips to their not-quite-nautical nursery. Not forgetting the oak effect adjustable cot bed, use their bedding to tie the colour scheme together. Also available as individual pieces, you could always mix and match pastels if blue’s still not for you!
5. Double Denim
No, we’re not talking about Britney and Justin’s blue blunder, we’re talking about the Gaia Baby Serena Rocking Chair and matching footstool! Lovingly upholstered in either Midnight blue or Ocean blue tweed fabrics, the ergonomic design features a wide seat, added lumbar support, removable cushions and protective armrests. Already 10/10 on the relaxation scale, the soothing blue shades add to the effect. The perfect spot to snuggle up with your blue-loving little one, it’s a chance to pop your feet up during feeds and storytime. Also available in ochre yellow, style with cushions and blankets in blue and make your new rocker look even more inviting!
The Vox Maxim Wardrobe isn’t blue… yet! Made to be paired with mint, this blank canvas is ready and waiting to be styled with outfits, books, toys and treasures. Finished in white; behind the single door, you’ll find a hanging rail and shelf – for everything you’d rather keep tidied away, and to the right there are four open compartments for those need-to-reach essentials. From their blue binkys to their Bluey soft toy, you can easily grab their must-haves when you’ve got your arms full.
So, where does mint come in? Cue the Cotton Ball Lights! Handmade in an array of colours, style the Vox Maxim Wardrobe with a set of USB-powered string lights in aqua, as an alternative to a lamp or nightlight. Featuring 20 alternating colours of mint, blue, teal and white – if you love them in the daytime, wait until it’s night – then they’re de-light-ful! Hang them up and around the Maxim Wardrobe and continue tidying away without having to turn on the big light during nap time!
7. Powder Blue
Looking for blue accessories? The perfect place to powder and primp, the Leander Matty Changing Mat in blue is a must-have when you’ve got a code brown! Fitting your blue scheme and keeping bums clean, the soft, moulded PUR changing mat mimics the feeling of skin and adapts to your baby’s body temperature for added reassurance and comfort during changes. Completely water-resistant and a breeze to keep clean, the stain-free design will still be blue, even after your 1000th visit of the day! There is even a reversible hoodie towel available in blue, perfect for bathtime.
Available in navy blue, the Snuzpod 4 has been designed to be used as a standalone crib in the nursery, a removable bassinet or as a bedside crib – so you’ll get the benefits of blue in your bedroom too! As recommended by the NHS and other sleep specialists, for the first 6 months, babies should be in the same room as you, while they sleep. Not always easy, but thanks to the compact design of the Snuzpod 4, fitting extra furniture into your bedroom is made a little easier! If you’ve decided on co-sleeping, simply secure it to your bed frame, lower the mesh side panel and you’ll be able to feed, settle, and comfort your baby without having to get up! Having them close, you won’t be able to resist peaking at your little sleepyhead, but you’ll also have the added peace of mind, knowing they’re secure in their own safe sleeping area. Also available in white, pink and two different shades of grey – you don’t have to go blue if you don’t want to… during the night feeds, you’ll never notice what colour it is anyway!