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We asked Chloe Brookman, a co-founder with her sister Olivia of beautiful kids brand Olli Ella to answer some common questions about decorating your baby’s first room. Shop Olli Ella’s gorgeous range today.
I’m confused by all the products on the market. What do you think are essentials for my nursery?
My picks from our collection would be the Natural Belly Basket (best toy storage ever!), the Cot Bed Set (all the essentials you need to dress your little one’s cot, and organic too) and a piece or two of wall art (I love them framed or taped to the wall with washi tape).
My nursery is very small. What should I be thinking about with the floor plan?
Having constraints such as limited space can often lead to the loveliest nurseries because you are forced to really think about the room and consider every corner. With smaller spaces you will want to maximise storage, For example using a chest of drawers as a change table is a great way to save space. Have a fabulous rug – this in my book is a must! It’s amazing how a great rug can completely transform a nursery. Also I love the look of a woven basket under a cot; it’s a great way to store toys and essentials, keeping the rest of the floor uncluttered.
I’d like to avoid the obvious pink or blue in my nursery. What other colours can you recommend?
You can’t go wrong with neutrals and greys – I love layering these with hints of yellow and mint. Another great way to bring more colour into your child’s nursery is with vintage toys; I love weathered reds, blues and yellows on old wooden toys.
How much storage will I need? Do you recommend open or closed storage pieces?
I am a basket addict and always choose open storage over closed. I love seeing various baskets such as our Natural Belly Basket, Teepee Baskets and a vintage bolga basket layered in a room – there’s something very comforting about a handwoven basket to house toys, books and nursery essentials. Of course, it’s an added plus that baskets have a long shelf life and look great in any room in the house.
How can I make sure my nursery still works decoratively when my child is older?
When designing linens, baskets, rugs and furnishings, we always focus on creating products that can grow with your child. If you want a room to grow with your little one, I recommend choosing colour palettes that aren’t distinctly “baby”, avoid cutesy patterns and prints, and most importantly, keep the space as a work-in-progress. Layering, adding and and removing bits as your little one grows and changes is a great way in ensure that the nursery doesn’t get “stuck” and subsequently, outgrown. Remember – have fun – this is a place of play and of dreams, for both of you.