Nothing says rest and calm like Scandinavian-inspired style. Here are some simple ways to transform your baby’s room into a beautiful, relaxing space you’ll love as much as they do.
Designing a nursery for your baby-to-be can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also seem a little daunting, especially if you don't know where to begin.
Sure, you could just stick to a generic colour scheme of baby pink or blue but the truth is – there is more to kids rooms than princesses and pirates. Most nursery designs that we see tend to have a dedicated and colourful theme that is full of energy and excitement. But experts suggest that too much colour in the nursery could mean sleepless nights for your baby, as the setting is far too stimulating. Scandinavian-style nurseries find that perfect balance between serenity, style and vibrant hues, as they blend pops of colour with a relaxing neutral backdrop.
It truly is hard to beat the elegant simplicity of Scandinavian design. Bright, clean, and thoroughly modern, the Scandinavian aesthetic values both form and function, creating kid-friendly spaces that are as practical as they are beautiful.
Dreaming of a Nordic-inspired nursery or kid’s room for your little one? We quizzed the experts over at Stokke to uncover exactly what it takes to create a stylish, soothing space for your baby that is both luxurious and scandi-inspired.
1. CONSIDER YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
While daytime is all about play and learning, night time should be focused on rest and sleep. A soothing colour palette can help create the right atmosphere. Opt for a base of white or another neutral with accents in soft pastels or cool greens.
2. CREATE THE RIGHT AMBIENCE
“Keep the room between 18-20°C and make sure it stays dark,” says Stokke sleep expert Heidi Skudder from The Parent and Baby Coach. ”Try adding some visual sleep aids above your baby’s crib — a mobile or glow in the dark stars can work a treat.”
3. think about the furnishings
As your child grows you’ll want to adapt the space to their changing needs. Invest in beautifully designed pieces, such as a wooden cot or an elegant dresser, that will work well into the future. Natural wood is particularly stylish and adds soft warmth to a room.
4. CUT BACK ON CLUTTER
It can be easy for a space to become overrun with toys and baby accessories. To keep the space calm and conducive to sleep, focus on the essentials. A well-made cot or bed can become a real focal point (see panel). Opt for one that has adequate air circulation for comfortable sleep.
5. FILL IT WITH SOOTHING SOUNDS
“Singing lullabies or reading a story to your baby doesn’t just help to relax them, it can also help with brain development,” says Skudder. “Another trick is to have white noise in the room to provide a consistent, soothing sound.”
6. Invest in a luxurious crib
Like a lot of baby gear, there are a bunch of different crib options on the market. And, as most parents-to-be know, trying to pick just one for your baby can be overwhelming. Of course, safety is the most important part of a crib, but you also want to get something that looks good, too. With that in mind, allow us to introduce you to the Stokke Sleepi crib (€699). Undoubtedly one of the most stylish baby and toddler beds available, the Stokke Sleepi distinguishes itself from the competition with its oval shape. The design will sleep kids from newborn-to-10 (the separate junior converter kit transforms the bed for bigger kids from the age of 3 or 4), has removable sides and even includes a hypoallergenic PU foam mattress with removable cover. A lockable wheeled base makes it easy to move from parents' room to baby's, and the mattress bottom is height-adjustable so you can lift your child in and out easily.
Premium children’s furniture brand Stokke ® was founded in Norway back in 1932. Its stylish products are designed with the best interest of the child in mind, which promotes connection and delivers functionality and comfort. The ingenious Stokke ® Sleepi™ bed is made of solid European beech wood and, with adjustable height and length positions, Stokke® Sleepi™ expands to accommodate the changing needs — and sizes — of your growing child. Soft oval design cocoons your baby offering comfort and familiarity for restful sleep and the sweetest of dreams. With a range of extension kits, Stokke® Sleepi™ can be used from birth to 10 years so your child can enjoy their bed throughout childhood.
** EDITOR'S NOTE: Please be aware that the images in this piece are for a daytime setup, all clutter should be removed during night-time for safe sleep