Bring the outdoors inside with a natural nursery

Want a nature-inspired nursery? Celia Alida Rutte shares these essential tips.


Inspired by true nature, Celia Alida Rutte designed a beautiful nursery that perfectly resembles a walk in the park. Studies have shown that children are increasingly susceptible to depression, anxiety, and ADHD — but this can decline with a little sunlight and outdoor activity. Bringing the outside vibes indoors is a great start, especially for newborn babies.

With this realistic nursery design, you can bring the sun to your kids. To fully achieve this look, Celia shies away from cartoony wall drawings and focuses on creating a brightly coloured mural that embodies a meadow-like palette. A strong mural design gives you the opportunity to branch out with several textures and neutral colours reminiscent of nature.

When designing a nature-inspired nursery, Celia recommends these essential tips:

1. Consider pieces that offer longevity and versatility
Choose furniture that will last as your child grows up or a piece that can simply be moved to a different room of the house. It is important to focus on quality over a quick fix, as the more expensive chair is an investment in your future living room. Think long term when choosing your furniture.

2. Make your space comfortable, inviting, and safe
You will be spending a lot of time in this room so why not make it comfortable for everyone? Consider a chair with arms for easy resting, dimmable lighting nearby the chair, comfy wool throws, a music player, and window treatments for privacy and light control. These key changes can make a world of difference.

3. Don’t over-do it
A nursery can hold a lot of stuff, but it’s best to keep it simple. Try to keep this space in line with the rest of your home décor to maintain the symmetry.

4. Decorate around your furniture
General rule: purchase the things in lesser quantity first. This means your crib, couch, drawers, etc. There are thousands of paint colours and only a few cribs that suit your budget and taste. Let the furniture decide the colour and décor of your space, then work from there.

5. Design with human-friendly materials
This means VOC-free paint, the elimination of plastics, incorporating natural fibres (cotton, wools, linens), using products made with FSC-certified wood, avoiding traditional wallpaper made with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), and finishing nursery construction a few weeks before you bring your baby home to minimize exposure to off-gassing.

For more of Celia’s tips, check out the video below.

Courtesy Celia Alida Rutte

www.designforconsciousliving.ca

@Design4CL

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