When a woman is pregnant (and I say this from experience) there is really nothing you can do but wait anxiously for the day when you’re not pregnant any more. The day when you bring a beautiful, healthy and bouncing bundle of joy home and place him in the beautifully decorated nursery you painstakingly spent months researching and preparing. Urm…Wait, was that just me? I spent the months before my son was born reviewing paint swatches, Pinterest boards, bedding selections and the aisles of my local Ikea in order to create the room that I had envisioned. I don’t imagine that the process for the royal baby nursery Kate is surely already dreaming up would be any different.
I’m not making any guesses as to the sex of Baby Cambridge, but thought I’d take a peek at what décor ideas might be for a dashing young Prince being welcomed into the royal baby nursery given what we know of Kate’s décor, style and color preferences as well as just looking at some pretty stylish non-royal baby nurseries she might be using as inspiration.
Kate’s style, as we well know, is in a league all of its own. Her traditional yet modern take on clothing leads me to believe that she’ll choose a similar aesthetic when decorating the room of her first-born. I can picture airy neutrals on the walls, with accents of brighter, and perhaps even bolder colors and shapes playing the role of accent pieces around the room.
I found these 4 nurseries which all play into something that Kate (and sometimes William) have been shown to like, use or favour in the past and that I think could very well work their way into Kate’s nursery.
This nursery has gorgeous grey walls with white bedding and upholstery which makes it a very chic and modern color palette to use in a baby’s room and the added blue accents make it perfect for the little Prince who might live there. It’s hard to tell what the bedding is made of in this picture, but we are thinking it could be broderie anglaise. Prince William had a crib bedding trim made out of broderie anglaise on his crib as a newborn and we know that Kate is a fan of the intricate lace work as she wore an Alexander McQueen broderie anglaise dress in Malaysia on the Diamond Jubilee tour, so it wouldn’t be a shock for this obviously favored material to wind up in the royal baby nursery. We also think that chevron could be a pattern that Kate would like for the nursery seeing as it plays very prominently into the Middleton family crest, a nice touch to add some of her family background into the room- maybe even have some acorns in the pattern on the rug?
While we’ll have to ignore the pink buttons on the pillows for this room, I think this would appeal to the outdoor loving Will and Kate for a couple of reasons. One is the wall behind the baby’s crib which has been painted with an impressive tree pattern. Princess Diana had a huge mural of the jungle painted on William’s nursery walls as a baby and this would be a quite modern and minimalist way of interpreting a large scale mural into the new Prince’s room. They would also probably find the bird light fixture to be as unique as I did, and also find it refreshing to have a brighter and non-traditional color added to the room.
This is definitely the most regal out of any of the nurseries, and might be what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for in the room that will hold their future King of England. While most rooms this traditional would feature dark colors, we think they’d enjoy the lighter and airier palette chosen. They can incorporate personal touches of things that are important to them- such as perhaps family photos- in the picture frames above the dresser. And oh, the canopy bed. What baby wouldn’t want to wake up in such a regal environment? Seeing as both William and Kate have Royal Monograms (and this small royal will no doubt as well) a nice touch could be adding it to the adornment in the centre of the canopy.
While maybe a little plain, this nursery still has some regal touches which Kate would likely find appealing. Take a peek at the gold light fixture, for example. Kate has shown that she wears gold jewellery and even has worn some in a classic leaf shape like this fixture has, again showing off the love for the outdoors this couple shares.William and Kate, being upper-class Britons also tend to wear small leather elements in their outfits- such as Kate wearing leather gloves- so I wouldn’t be surprised if a touch of leather thrown into a nursery as an accent were to show up.
Given how William and Kate are hoping to raise the Prince/Princess with as little help and as hands-on as possible, I thought it was interesting to take a peek at how the last heir to the throne (William)’s nursery was situated and what help was given to his parents. In London, Charles and Diana’s bedroom was very close to the nursery, “both [the bedroom and the nursery] stem(med) from a wide landing” at Kensington Palace. At Highgrove, the family’s weekend home in Gloucester, the nursery for William was farther away from his parents’ bedroom. The nursery at Highgrove was “in a separate wing with two double bedrooms and a bathroom with washing machine. The day nursery has an enormous built-in cupboard, 15 feet long, where toys are kept”. I think Diana truly broke a Royal tradition of being hands-on with her kids and that William and Harry have benefitted from it – and I’m sure Kate’s strong family values and background will only help this future royal be raised with as much of a “normal” upbringing as possible.
I thought I would also share with you the some of the things I learned in decorating my nursery (with a very non-royal budget!) My top tricks:
- Stick with your own taste: As much as it will be the “baby’s room”, you will be the one who will be enjoying it. I have spent hours in my son’s nursery over the last few months and love what I did with the room. If I hadn’t done something I liked, I would have spent hours criticizing it when running on zero hours of sleep.
- Your new best friend will be Pinterest : Type in any word and then “nursery” and you will be shocked at the ideas. You can also check out my Pinterest boards for Little Boys and Little Girls (made both before I knew the sex of the baby)
- If you’re on a budget, don’t blow it all on baby furniture: My husband spent hours doing reviews of Consumer Reports for safest cribs and we were both shocked to see that one of the safest cribs was actually also one of the cheapest (and one we wound up buying) I also bought a budget glider rocking chair for the room rather than the $2K model which I felt would be a waste after a couple of years.
- You can find the most amazing unique and custom art for your nursery for incredible prices on Etsy. I bought a customized retro birth announcement which featured all of his birth details and then a set of matching vintage looking movie posters for my nursery.
I hope that one day we will get to see what Kate has chosen for the nursery, but I’m pretty sure that we can be assured of two things: 1- The room will be one of the most amazingly stylish baby rooms to have ever graced the planet. With a mom as stylish as Kate and the practically unlimited budget to get the look she’s looking for, it’s a given. And 2- No matter what the nursery looks like, the baby will be blessed with two amazing parents who will love him, which is really all a baby coming into the world can hope for. Oh, and being born as the future monarch of your country? Could do much worse.
Be sure to keep tuning in to WWKD as the Heiress will share with us what her thoughts are on decorating a royal baby nursery for a little Princess!