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Trends in nursery design 2013

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From cute to chic

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It's time to bring out the paint and how-to guides to create the most perfect nursery for your new baby.

There isn't a single room a mother-to-be is more excited about decorating than the nursery. From gorgeous colours to the cutest of finishing touches, couples can spend a weekend creating a beautiful space.

Although it will be tempting to purchase lots of cute and cuddly fixtures, the experts at What To Expect say "... as you set about setting up a nursery that’s baby-friendly, make sure it’s [mum]-savvy, too. Adorable’s a given, but you’ll also want to design your little one’s new digs with your comfort and convenience in mind. Soothing, yet organized within an inch of its square footage."

So, make sure you also think about practical items, e.g. change tables, lots of storage spaces and organising systems that will make the room functional as well as comforting.

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Let's look at some of the big nursery trends you might like to consider this year.

Global kids

There's a huge shift from cute baby-like motifs to decorating touches that are a little more grown-up and appealing to adult tastes.

Add rugs, pictures and bedding that reflect your favourite destinations, cultures or habitats. Melissa Fluhr from Project Nursery says, "There is something warm and inviting about an eclectic space filled with treasures gathered from faraway lands. It’s often how we decorate our homes — showcasing our travels and heritage — so why not the nursery?"

Classic and cosy

It's seems like vintage is a trend that's staying. From dreamy white-draped bassinets to crystal-handled drawers, a vintage finished room is truly beautiful

A well-thought-out vintage nursery can have added features that are not only fitting of the style but actually calming. Lavender-painted walls, white linens and simple patterns create a relaxed vibe and will offer a room empty of distraction to your little one.

Sunshine

If bright and cheery is more your thing, then you can't go past this hot nursery colour. Yellow and golds are huge in 2013 not only because they're unisex but they create the perfect base to go with any other colour and are bold enough to host other patterns.

Play around with shades of yellow from a feature wall to a textured rug, cushions on the rocker or a chest of drawers painted in graduating shades.

More ideas? Colour inspriration for the royal baby's nursery >>

It's in black and white

This isn't a combo for the faint-hearted parent, but black and white is definitely a nursery style you're going to see this year and you have the Kardashians to thank.

Just recently Kim Kardashian was shopping and planning her nursery. According to People "The first-time mama, 32, was also overheard saying she wants to decorate her nursery chic black and white, which was reflected in a lot of the pieces she selected."

So, there you have it. The effortless black and white is now officially the trend du jour.

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