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Neutral Nursery Decor That’s Perfect for Big Kids Too

Did you enjoy designing your nursery decor? It was one of the things I loved most about being pregnant. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing and planning what to buy for the little baby wriggling inside me. I went for neutral nursery decor, with off white walls, and white furniture, so that it would be versatile.

Ryan didn’t want to know if we were having a boy or a girl. Unfortunately the sonographer gave it away, and got all flustered. We were pretty sure we were having a girl, but not enough to buy anything pink! When Ava arrived (once I’d got over the shock of being a new mum) I went to Mamas & Papas to pick up the gorgeous wall stickers and matching Dream Pod I’d had my eye on. Her nursery was ready when she moved from her Moses basket in our room

Ava's nursery decor with Mamas & Papas stickers and sleep pod
Sorry for the fuzzy image, it was taken seven years ago on an iPhone 3!

We kept the decor the same when Thea came along as we still loved it. I have kept the Dream Pod to pass down to the girls if they every have a baby, as it’s still in perfect condition. Seven years later, I favour a more neutral nursery decor scheme with lots of grey, to offset the touches of pink. 

Introducing Perfect Neutral Nursery Decor from Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas

I was in Mamas & Papas the other week, looking for a gift, and I felt a little emotional. The girls are long past the baby stage at five and seven, but I have so many happy memories of shopping for nursery decor and clothes when I was pregnant, and when they were little.

Mamas & Papa’s latest limited edition collaboration, with Glasgow-based designer Niki Jones is simply stunning. It’s full of gorgeous on-trend geometrics in a neutral colour palette that works beautifully for boys and girls. I’d have bought the whole lot when the girls were little; the attention to detail and handcrafted feel give a real heirloom quality.

Neutral Nursery Decor from Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas

This neutral nursery decor is not only gorgeous for babies, but has lots of pieces that will last for years to come, like the star lampshade and cushions. Mamas & Papas sent me some key items from the Niki Jones collection to to update Thea’s bedroom. This two tone grey Niki Jones Lotus Rug is 100% wool and so thick and so plush and comfy to sit on. It coordinates perfectly with the adorable Niki Jones Cotton Geometric Print House Cushion and they look perfect in Thea’s big girl room.

Reading on her soft grey rug

Thea is very pleased with them too and loves sitting on the rug looking at her books. I love the embroidery detail and the blush pink and mustard highlights on the house cushion, and Thea says it’s very cuddly.

Neutral nursery decor for big kids

I actually fell asleep on the rug last night when I was waiting for Thea to brush her teeth: it’s very thick and comfy.

Soft plush grey rug and house cushion

The Story Behind the Niki Jones Collection

Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas cot, rug and cushions

Niki is a mum herself, so her experience has shaped the collection, with the notion of nostalgia running as a narrative throughout the range. She explores how objects grow up with the parent and child, in turn, capturing memories. The shades of grey create the perfect neutral nursery decor, and won’t date at all. The geometric shapes are beautifully simple and unfussy, so would be perfectly at home in a modern or traditional nursery. In fact, the whole collection is making me rather broody!

I love how Mamas and Papas are a one stop shop for nursery decor. Their collections let you create a simple, chic look that’s guaranteed to look good together. Although Pinning ideas and sourcing the perfect things for my home is my obsession, it’s lovely to be able to get it all in one go, with no stress!

Thea’s Big Girl Bedroom

As you can see, the house cushion and rug go perfectly in Thea’s big girl room, complementing the pale grey walls and pops of pink and turquoise.

Neutral nursery decor with Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas house cushion
The Alphabet print is from Posterlounge and I made the origami lampshade and embroideries myself.
Cuddling a house cushion on a grey patterned rug
Niki Jones grey house cushion

I know this rug and cushion will be a key feature of Thea’s room for years to come. I think it’s worth investing in decor items that will still be stylish and go with their rooms for years to come, rather than redoing it every year.

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Neutral Nursery Decor from Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas that's perfect for big kids too


  1. Mary Middleton (@hello_peagreen)

    26th March 2018 at 11:04 am

    I definitely want the rug. What a great collaboration though between Niki Jones and Mamas and Papas.

    1. Becky Pink

      28th March 2018 at 8:34 pm

      It’s so lovely and versatile isn’t it? We’ll have this for years and years xx

  2. Natalie

    25th March 2018 at 11:08 pm

    What a cute room! Lovely decor x

    1. Becky Pink

      28th March 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks so much Natalie, I really love kids room decor, so much fun x

  3. fionamostyn

    23rd March 2018 at 8:29 pm

    That rug is really gorgeous. It looks really plush and comfy.

  4. Nicola

    22nd March 2018 at 5:50 pm

    What love photos! Where does the time go? Mamas and papas are such a great brand for anyone loving a minimal look.

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2018 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Nicola, yes they always have great items don’t they? xx

  5. CK

    22nd March 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Aw, so sweet! My girls are all (almost) grown up, so I miss these days. Seeing nursery and kids’ decor makes me wish I could go back in time.

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2018 at 10:32 am

      It’s quite heart-wrenching isn’t it? I realised a few weeks ago that my eldest is too big for Mothercare shoes now, so sad! xx

  6. Natalia

    22nd March 2018 at 11:13 am

    I love the new Mamas & Papas range and you’re so right about planning ahead when it comes to nursery decor!

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2018 at 10:33 am

      It’s beautiful isn’t it? I love decorating kids’ rooms, it’s such fun x

  7. Donna Ford

    22nd March 2018 at 9:55 am

    Definitely love grey for kids rooms as you can put so much with it to make it look unique. I loved trying a darker grey for my son’s room too x

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2018 at 10:34 am

      I’m tempted to try and darker grey for my eldest’s room but haven’t worked up the courage just yet! xx

  8. Stacey Sheppard

    21st March 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I do love a neutral nursery. I loved doing ours. We didn’t find out what we were having so we went for a woodland animal theme and I still love it now. These pieces by Niki are great and can last well into childhood. I interviewed her a while ago for my blog. She’s such an inspiration.

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2018 at 10:35 am

      I’ll have to have a read of that, thanks for the tip off! We did a woodland theme when Thea was little, and still have a few bits left, like the felt wallhanging and some fawn bookends. So cute! xx

  9. Anna

    21st March 2018 at 8:36 pm

    The neutral colour scheme is usually more versatile. Great ideas, I love the rug, looks so comfy.

    1. Becky Pink

      21st March 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Anna it’s so luxurious xx

  10. medinagrilloMedina

    21st March 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Oh I loved decorated my sons nursery! So fun isn’t it? I love the decor range you have used – especially the rug!

    1. Becky Pink

      21st March 2018 at 8:16 pm

      I think kids’ rooms are the most fun to decorate aren’t they? X

  11. Pati

    21st March 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Oh wow i love what you did here x neutral colours are perfect as you can always change the feel by adding colour -such a stunning nursery

    1. Becky Pink

      21st March 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much Pati, I agree that if she gets bored of pink we can change it easily! Xx

  12. Tamsin Allen

    21st March 2018 at 11:56 am

    Lovely products – that nursery is seriously stylish. 🙂 Your girls are pretty gorgeous too xx

    1. Becky Pink

      21st March 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Ah thanks so much Tamsin, I’m really happy with how her room is looking xx

  13. Jenny Kakoudakis | Interiors & Home (@SeasonsInColour)

    20th March 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Well look how much she grew! (and I am amazed you still have these photos, my son’s baby photos are still stuck in an unused laptop…. which may well have died a slow death over years… urgh…) – This Niki Jones collaboration resulted in great looking products and that’s what we always want to see when designers collaborate with established brands!

    1. Becky Pink

      20th March 2018 at 10:03 pm

      I found the photo on Facebook, it does have its uses! They are lovely products aren’t they? So stylish and long-lasting x

  14. Lucy

    20th March 2018 at 9:49 pm

    That rug is perfect! Lovely colour combinations here. Your baby daughter looks a lot like my girls when they were tiny. Same hair colour. Lovely post x

    1. Becky Pink

      20th March 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Lucy, we are so pleased with the rug. So you have red heads? Ava (the baby) still have beautiful auburn hair but Thea who is the 5 year old has brown hair like me. So we have a mini me of each of us 🙂 xx

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