There’s no DIY project that is as pleasing as the transformation of a box room or spare bedroom into a nursery. Combined with the anticipation of the baby you’ll soon be adding to your life, the satisfaction of a job well done is one of the most wonderful feelings available. But many soon-to-be parents find their finances are limited, especially when they already have one or more children. So how do you decorate your nursery in a way that’s adorable and friendly to your wallet?
One way to cut down on expenses is by deciding not to wallpaper. Lining paper can be a good way to prepare a less-than-ideal wall for painting, but patterned wallpaper can be very expensive. Choose an accent wall to wallpaper and paint the rest of the room in a matching colour; this will allow you to save a lot of money and still have a nice-looking room. It can even look better than a room which is completely wallpapered as it will be less busy and provide your child with a more restful room.
Cheaper emulsions are an option but can give insufficient coverage. However, you may baulk at the idea of paying more for coloured emulsion. A good solution would be to go to Wickes or
Homebase and purchase a large bucket of their white paint. Along with a small sampler of colour you can mix this into a homogenous shade of your choosing. The issue is that you will never get precisely the same shade again, so you must be absolutely sure your bucket will provide all the coverage you need.
Stamps are a nice alternative to a decorative border or wallpaper. Pick a stamp showing a design you enjoy and stamp sparingly around the room. Don’t be too enthusiastic; this again can cause the room to look too busy. You can, however, use a different colour to bring this stamp back on the fronts of cabinets or drawers and pull the room together. If you purchase some fabric paints you may even be able to repeat it in the curtains or in similar places.
The perfectly decorated nursery is a big ticket item on every parent-to-be’s wishlist. But if you reconsider your idea of what it will look like, you can have a polished result without spending the big bucks. Good luck, and all the best for your little bundle!