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Interiors Inspiration {Shades of Grey Nursery}

Author: Lisa Soeno

Well I’m now 29 weeks pregnant and it’s safe to say that I’ve entered full-on nesting mode. To the point where Rich has had to ban me from talking about interiors on a Friday night. I’m currently decorating two rooms of the house. Firstly, the ‘lounge’ part of the open-plan kitchen/lounge. Stay tuned for more about this over the following weeks. And secondly, the nursery. And today I thought I’d share with you the inspiration for the nursery.

We found out at the 20 week scan that my intuitions were right and we’re going to be having a little boy! My Pinterest board has gone a bit crazy since, and my phone is full of ALL the photos of lovely furniture/bunting/pennants/animal-shaped-cushions. It’s clear from the gallery below that there’s a grey theme going on…

The Walls

Do I keep them crisp and white, and jazz them up with bunting and pictures? Do I paint a mountains mural feature wall on the wall behind the cot, a bit like this one? Or do I take the plunge and give them a lick of light grey paint? That is the question that has been plaguing me over the last week, and seeing as this baby is due in a matter of months I need to get a wriggle on and just make a decision. The nursery is west-facing and pretty small so I think I’d have to go for a light grey hue if I was going to go down the grey paint route. I think grey can look fab against white skirting boards. I’ve tried a few dabs of Farrow and Ball’s ‘Ammonite’ (too beige) and B&Q’s ‘Light Rain’ (may be a goer but may be too dark) on the walls so if you have any recommendations for a suitable grey paint with a blueish tint I’m all ears.

The Furniture

The only furniture we’ve decided on so far is this Boori cotbed. I love the simple but timeless and classic shape, and if we do decide to paint the room grey then I think the white of the cot will stand out nicely against the walls.

We’ve already got a cot top changer (these were the subject of much discussion over on Rock My Family on Monday) – I for one was a big fan the first time round and am going to have to dig it out from the loft to pop ontop of the Boori cot.

In my eyes, a comfy chair – with arms, because I’m planning on breastfeeding – is the second most important piece of furniture after the cot. In our last house we didn’t have room for a chair in Lyra’s nursery so for night feeds I had to get madam out of her cot and go and sit in our room which wasn’t ideal. So I am enjoying the hunt for a chair – you can see my shortlist in the slider above.

I’m hoping to bring in a bit of warmth to the grey-and-white colour scheme by adding in one more item of furniture with oak/teak/birch accents. This is a theme we’ve got running through the rest of our house – white and wood – and although I initially wasn’t a fan when we moved in, I am now automatically drawn to this very Scandinavian style of furniture. I particularly love this Oeuf Mini Library but because it’s too big for the nursery, I’m trying to convince Rich that yes we do need it in the lounge, and no it wouldn’t look weird despite the fact that it’s an item of children’s furniture!

The Soft Furnishings

The whole inspiration for the nursery was really sparked by the mountains cushion in the third slider above. I’ve managed to hunt it down at Country Road (a gorgeous Australian clothing and homewares store that you need in your life, if you haven’t checked it out already) however I am beyond disappointed that they don’t seem to sell it any more. I know it’s a long shot but if anyone happens to know where I could buy one or if any of you lovely readers know anyone that could make me one then I would love you forever. *Must learn how to use a sewing machine.

In terms of window coverings, I like the look of the grey linen blinds that we’ve already got up in the room, however they are so fiddly that I may well opt for the same curtains that we’ve got in our master bedroom.

And I’ve just bought a jute pouffe that will either live in the nursery or the lounge – if this baby’s going to be anything like his sister and spend hours on end feeding then I plan to put my feet up!

The Lighting

I think we are going to stick with the grey pendant lampshade that’s already in the room, although if money was no object I would most definitely be treating the little man to this downright amazing hot air balloon light shade. (Who am I kidding? He’s not going to appreciate the thing for at least two years. And maybe not even then). And when it comes to a table lamp, I’m stumped. Do I go for a statement lamp (a rocket-shaped number, perhaps, or this gorgeous little bear), or stick to something a bit simpler like this cute little task lamp?

The Accessories

The best bit. Making it pretty. I’ve started to collect a few bits and bobs, including some cotton ball lights from Tiger and this mountain bear bunting from Velveteen Babies. Which is just the best thing ever and is currently hanging from our dining room shelves.

I’m toying with the idea of finding some animal prints like these to hang above the cot (Desenio do a cute giraffe one), or alternatively putting one or two animal heads like this elephant in the space. *Must learn how to make felt animal heads.

Along one of the walls I’m going to hang two or three rows of Ikea picture ledges to display books on, which should bring some splashes of colour into the room. I’m also planning on buying some of these gorgeous little stacking wooden toys from Sarah and Bendrix and propping them on the shelves amongst the books. And the little man clearly needs one of these ball pits for when he’s a tad older.

Another way that I plan to bring some colour and texture into the room will be through some storage baskets to hide all the plastic tat that will inevitably accumulate – I’m thinking belly baskets, baskets with pompoms, and maybe a monochrome laundry bag like this one. Whilst we’re talking storage, I’ve also recently bought some oak peg rail hooks from Cox and Cox – Rich was not happy – “FORTY-FIVE QUID for hooks?!” – I had planned to hang them in the hallway but I actually think they’d look ace in the nursery with bunting and maybe a little wooden camera hanging off them. *Must learn how to make oak peg rails.

Are you in the throes of decorating a nursery, or any other rooms for that matter? Which themes/schemes/colours have you gone for? I would love to hear all about them, seeing as I’ve used up my quota for interiors discussions with Rich…

  • The White Company Bunny Mat
  • Boori Cotbed
  • Tesco Blanket
  • The White Company Wardrobe
  • Armchair
  • Velveteen Babies Garland
  • The White Company Car
  • Lullabuy Lamp

Slider image sources | Nursery with clouds | Nursery with whale prints| Neutral nursery | Mini Library | Scandi nursery | Monochrome toddler bedroom | Nursery with herringbone floor | All white nursery | Nursery with fox cushion | Nursery with round shelf | Nursery with vintage wardrobe | Nursery with white wardrobe | Chair with tree print cushion | Chair with rainbow buttons | Grey rocker | Teak rocker | Eames inspired rocker | Dark grey armchair

Author: Lisa Soeno
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81 thoughts on “Interiors Inspiration {Shades of Grey Nursery}

  1. Absolutely love this!! Our plans for the nursery sound so similar Lisa!! I’ve bought (or got my eye on) so many of the same things! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out xx

  2. I did a grey, white and turquoise nursery! On one of the grey walls I have a massive tree decal which has leaves blowing off it (putting this up at 7/8 months pregnant and being OCD about the leaf placement almost ended in divorce lol) and on the one wall White above the changing unit I have a grey decal which is branches with stars hanging from it. I brought 4 prints from Vincent Van Doodle (bullring link bridge) which are science and the bookshelves are just the photo frame shelves from Ikea. All the bedding came from next (grey, white, turquoise, stars & elephants) and I got a proper nursing chair. All the furniture came from Mama’s and Papas. Has to be my absolute favourite room in the house ?

    1. This sounds gorgeous Gracie. Totally with you on the OCD, it has to be perfect! Ha ha. Off to check out Vincent Van Doodle now. I always forget about Next but they do some lovely homeware stuff. Hoping I can make the nursery my favourite room too x

  3. So lovely reading your inspiration this morning Lisa. I am only 6 weeks behind you and haven’t properly started planning even though the cam cam website gets visited frequently. I was planning on a cot top changer the first time around too but in a major baby brain fail bought a lovely cot with arched sides without even thinking. We didn’t find out if we’re having a boy or a girl but your grey scheme would work well for either. Good luck with your diy study list and you must teach me everything from sowing to making peg rails once you master it ?

    1. The challenge is on Kat! I will keep you updated ? Yes I like the way that with a grey nursery I should be able to easily bring in colour and change it up using cushions etc every so often. X

  4. Ah love all this, especially the bear related items! We painted my little boy’s room with f&b blackened which for me is the perfect blue grey shade and contrasts beautifully with crisp white walls. We also have one entire wall filled with decal tree, sun and entire forest of woodland animals (hubby went a lil overboard!)
    Can’t wait to get little dude a tipi and maybe some of the bear bunting!

      1. I’ve got the f&b paint chart in front of me, will definitely be getting a blackened tester pot today. You need some of the bear bunting! Velveteen Babies also do it in grey. And YES to a tipi x

        1. We are sw facing and the room is so calming. Though we have blackout blinds up most of the time for naptimes at the moment so not getting the full effect!
          Thanks for the enabling 😉

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Where did you get your decal from? I’m currently looking at various options as want to get a woodland animal/tree decal so would love to know where you got yours from. Thanks!

      1. Not on the high street have a great selection, not sure if I can post links but we got the ‘pastel forest friends wall stickers’ from Parkins Interiors. They also do brighter colours. Not cheap but really easy to apply and look amazing (people have asked if we painted them on lol!)

  5. We all need the hot air balloon light shade! It’s too cute ❤.

    Loving the inspiration Lisa. Our little E has the Sarah & Bendrix toys too, they’re just gorgeous. The stacking cat and drummer dog are my faves!

    Looking forward to seeing the finished nursery for your little fella. ??xx

  6. We have Dulux polished pebble on our walls, it’s a light grey that isn’t too cold – definitely grey but not too dark. Our nursery is grey yellow and light teal. Our next plan is to change the navy blue carpet leftover from the previous owners.

  7. Fab post with lots of lovely ideas. We’ve recently decorated our nursery in quite neutral tones and used the Cole and Son Woods and Stars wallpaper on one of the walls which looks great! So although our nursery is decorated this post has given me loads of ideas for new accessories to buy!
    Sophie x

  8. We painted our sons wall with Valspar “whispy skies” a lovely soft grey colour, also Laura Ashley “Dove Grey” is a gorgeous soft grey.
    Have a look at the Ikea Gonatt cot, that too is a lovely grey colour, and not too pricey.
    I love grey, it just goes with everything xx

  9. You just broke my heart with the mountain cushions!!! I love that bird wallpaper too, thinking play room rather than nursery though… uh oh between this and Charlotte’s post on RMF today it could be a spendy evening here.

    At 34 weeks pregnant (eeeeeek!) we just got listed building consent through yesterday so have a serious Rock My Room against the clock challenge- not for baby’s nursery but the spare room to allow my mum to stay and take care of Silvia in comfort- loving the greys for that too ?

  10. Lisa I love all this inspiration – grey was and very much is still a colour theme in Hector’s room and it’s something we’re looking to continue over to our new house too albeit with more of a grown up feel. Have you tried ‘Malm’ by Fired Earth? It’s a beautiful soft grey xx

  11. Another supporter of F&B Blackened here! We’ve literally just had our nursery painted in this colour and think it looks fab. It’s the perfect mix of grey and blue, without being too grey or too blue (if that makes sense). Have fun! So many lovely ideas here x

  12. I’m 20 weeks & had already decided on white & grey too! Pale grey walls with white woodwork & furniture, we decided not to find out what we are having so I thought grey would be neutral and then I can add some colour once baby is here if I fancy, plus I just LOVE grey!! We have 2 sausage dogs so I am also looking for a cute dachshund themed mobile & maybe a cute wall decal, I’ve seen before a really subtle one with a sausage dog walking along the skirting – cute!!
    My partner, 2 dogs & I are currently living with my parents as our house has been gutted, 2 extensions and the whole house refurbed and it’ll be done – lets just hope in time for the baby’s arrival!!!!! And let’s just say there is A LOT of grey throughout our new decor plans…. 😉

    1. Loving the sound of this sausage dog theme, so cute and unusual. And you can’t go wrong with greys throughout the rest of the house. Good luck with it all x

  13. This is lovely Lisa! I’m 5 weeks behind you and starting to think about the nursery now as well!

    We are inheriting a Boori cotbed from my niece and I want to get a changer for the top of it. The Boori beds are quite big so good to see that to cot-top changer you have found is big enough!

  14. Great post! I’m nearly 30 weeks pregnant and also in full-on nesting mode! We’re having a girl but I’m also drawn to grey and have picked a grey and teal/turquoise colour scheme. We are painting the walls a light grey and have gone for Little Greene’s French Grey Pale colour – is very light and bright. They have loads of different greys, some with a blueish tone – I think from my testers Gauze was very light with a pale blue hint. It is pricier than B&Q/Dulux paints but they are certified child safe and barely smell at all.

    As the carpets and curtains are already grey, planning on bringing some colour in with the accessories and also a decal on one of the walls – can’t wait! As cotbed and chest of drawers are arriving on Monday we are planning on manically painting this weekend – then the accessory fun can hopefully begin next week!

    1. Gorgeous colour scheme. I don’t know if you follow @oh.eight.oh.nine on Instagram but I think she did her little boy’s nursery in those colours and it looks fab.

      And thanks for the tip re Gauze…I will check it out ?

  15. I’m a bit embarrassed that I think I have about 60% of the accessories from your Pinterest inspo! The wooden stacking toys are beautiful and so well made. I just bought some a month ago for a friend who’s just had a little girl. You can get a personalised muslin bag to pop them into too for gifting very cute! I have the cream Vilac rideon car for Frankie and he loves it! The white company sell it and often do a 10-15% monthly discount if you subscribe to their newsletter. As you know we have light rain in the office/playroom and it’s absolutely fine. Maybe paint one wall in light rain and the others in brilliant white. Having gone through this with ruby and now Frankie I’d say keep it as neutral as poss so that you can reorganise the room easily when they grow out of their cot. I’d def recommend the IKEA rocking chair and footstool in the slider we have it in Frankies room in light pine and grey and it’s SO Comfy. Great for breaths feeding, easily to get out of after my section and the kids love “surfing” on it! Great value in my opnion. Need to have a coffee to discuss in more detail! PS: you NEED that unit in your lounge I think it’d look perfect. Tell Rich to pipe down 😉 xxx

  16. Go grey! We have a grey nursery and I love it! It’s so versatile. We used Dulux Classics Engraved Locket. I then got the Stone Grey Cot from Mokee and their grey wool nest. They’ve now brought out gorgeous grey bedding too. I’ve also just received a chevron grey cot duvet from John Lewis (see RMSTuesdaytreats) Everything is so neautral but as I had a boy, I’ve added blue blankets and little accents. If my second is a girl, all I’ll need to change are the blankets and accents. It’s a win win really ? Decorating your nursery is so much fun. I wish you all the best x

    1. Thanks Gem. I had never heard of Mokee until someone mentioned them on Rock My Family! Will have to check out their bedding range x

  17. I love it! So similar to what we have planned/started.

    We have kept the walls plain off white and have a very light grey/white set of furniture with oak accents for warmth and then planning safari type animal accent theme along with a large elephant toy we found in ikea and planning on the 5ft giraffe (if I can sneak in house without husband noticing).

    Got a feeding chair and stool from ikea in a cream colour with oak wood which is so comfy and will be great for feeding. Also have a grey chevron with yellow accents elephant lampshade (looks nicer than it sounds) from etsy which cost more than I have ever spent on a lampshade before or will again!

    Saw some lovely geometric type grey and white curtains in John Lewis that I might go for called Nazca and would love a rug to match.

    And that’s me and my nursery.

    I thought I had come up with all the ideas on my own but it seems to be a craze and I have a feeling pinterest may have subconsciously made me love grey and safari animals. Haha.

    1. All sounds fab Emma and so similar! I can’t decide between safari animal theme and mountains/bear theme. Decisions, decisions! X

  18. Lovely ideas! Decorating the nursery was definitely the most fun room I’ve done so far!

    Also, we got the Strandmon Ikea wingchair with the footstool (although in he yellow) and it’s so, so comfortable, can’t recommend it enough .

    1. Thanks Maike! Yup as much as I love decorating any rooms, I definitely enjoy kids’ rooms the most (not sure what this says about me, ha ha) x

  19. What a lovely post! I’m currently 36 weeks and we’re just getting our nursery decor sorted. We’d already painted the walls grey with white woodwork and sanded and varnished original floorboards when it was a dining room so we’re just finishing swapping out the furniture. We’ve got a couple of IKEA picture ledges already up, and I’ve been picking up some Paper Rifle prints over the last few months (which I love!), but in my mission to add a bit more colour I’m currently waiting for this guy to arrive: Must spend less time browsing gorgeous online shops and more time buying nappies and wipes… x

    1. Sounds lovely Rebecca! Don’t feel bad, you need the pretty as well as the practical ?Love the garland and I am desperate to get a load of Rifle prints and do a gallery wall x

  20. This is perfect timing for me Lisa, thank you for the inspiration! We’ve just started our nursery and have chosen white/grey with mint green as the accent colour as we don’t know what we’re having. We went for Chic Shadow by Dulux as we have this in a number of other rooms upstairs (there’s certainly a running theme in our house!) as it’s the perfect subtle, light grey. We got the Endurance version which they say is wipe clean for messy hands which may come in handy! I have been searching for a nursing chair too and love the Ikea high backed one you’ve found, thank you! Off to tell the husband we need a trip this weekend 🙂

    1. Grey and mint, so classy ?

      I think it was Chic Shadow that I used to paint clouds on the walls in Lyra’s nursery and I love it but think it may be a touch too dark for baby boy’s room. Good luck with your Ikea run! X

  21. Do you know where either of the free standing giraffes are from? We have a subtle explorer / safari theme for my little boy’s room, and they are so adorable!

  22. We literally had the white wall v grey debate earlier this week and after buying ten off white testers, opted for grey! We’ve gone with Dulux’s Goose Down. I was a bit worried it was too blue, but in the natural light it’s a lovely pale grey that should look fab against brilliant white skirting and white furniture! I’m planning on introducing dusky pink if it’s a girl and perhaps some kind of blue for a boy. It’s so exciting! Although should really be buying more practical things. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and whatever you opt for!

    1. Ooh thanks Danielle will check out Goose Down. I think I’m going to put the furniture up and then make a decision (probably not the most practical way of deciding but hey!) x

  23. A perfectly timed post for me too. For my first’s nursery we used F&B’s Pale Powder on the walls – it’s a lovely pale aqua but is also quite grey in some lights, along with pale grey (I can’t remember which now) as accents, and vintage furniture in various shades of grey. I loved the room and am sooo tempted to replicate it largely now in our new house for baby #2. I’ll definitely be pouring through some of the accessories you’ve highlighted.

  24. I love the grey and white theme and can see it will be a room that will grow with your baby boy and not date easily. I think a pale grey wall would be lovely – Worsted by Farrow and Ball? A friend of mine bought the same arm chair as me from Next (it’s not available anymore) for her breastfeeding as it so comfortable, especially with the footstool. I’m a fan of Next chairs.

    All the accessories you have looked at are sooo cute. I can see how it is a struggle to pick what you want.

    Can’t wait to see the finished room. I’m sure it will be beautiful!

  25. Grey tips… Nickle from Wickes… I must have sampled 50 shades of grey and this was my favourite and not very pricey!

  26. Paint wise try Valspar’s ‘Silver Thistle Down’. It looks quite grey and dark on screen but it has a lovely blue tinge and is lighter in real life x

  27. I’m 31 weeks pregnant and we’ve just dome the nursery in Crown’s grey lace from their period collection, it’s nice and light and definitely blue toned, looks ace with white woodwork. We’re having a girl so i have accessorised with liberty print bunting and pinwheels to add some colour as the furniture is all white.
    We’ve also got some lovely animal prints (which are featured in one of the pics above) that we got from society 6 and are by Amy Hamilton, they are adorable.
    Decorating the nursery is so much fun!!

    1. Izzie your nursery sounds beautiful, I might have to steal your ideas when I make over Lyra’s room into a big girl room. X

  28. Hi Lisa,

    Your nursery inspiration looks lovely- lucky little boy! My mum and dad tried masses of paint samples, including F&B, for their hall/landing before they decided on ‘celestial grey’ by Sanderson. Pale and cool/blue toned and looks different in different lights. Good luck with it.

    Katie xx

  29. Gorgeous inspo pics! My little boy is nearly 2 now and I’m still adding a few bits and pieces to his room. Fab to have some more websites to trawl! We also went with the grey theme, F&B cornforth white is also a really lovely grey. As someone else has mentioned we got the ikea gonatt cot in grey with a white chest of drawers. It’s quite a small room but also managed to squeeze in a chair and tipi that is finally starting to get a bit of interest! We used ingela Arrhenius prints to bring in a bit of colour although these really neutral schemes schemes are so classy!

    1. Sorry for the late reply Jen! Your little boy’s room sounds gorgeous and I love the retro style of those prints x

  30. Gorgeous post feel really inspired to get going with our nursery! We are having a little boy and I’m 25 weeks so some great ideas. Really struggling with nice nursing chairs that don’t look like it should belong in an old people’s home so will check out ikea.. what was the name? Or any other suggestions? Thanks

  31. After MONTHS of dithering I have finally succumbed to a grey felt MoKee Moses basket with stand and yellow handles, I am so excited (and pleased to have made a decision!) yellow walls in our nursery with grey, white and turquoise accessories. I am holding out for the perfect yellow rug for the floor. Only 8 weeks to go…eeek! Thanks for the link for the wall stickers, I think a massive tree may be what’s missing!

  32. I love the idea of a grey nursery: it looks so elegant, sophisticated and yet it still looks perfect for a child to grow up in. I love neutral colors and the idea of a neutral nursery pleases me so much. Love the inspiration!

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