Neutral Nursery Decor That’s Perfect for Big Kids Too

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.

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 (£125) 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 (£25) and they look perfect in Thea’s big girl room.Neutral Nursery Decor from Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas

Reading on her soft grey rugThea 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 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!Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas cot, rug and cushions

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.

Why not Pin my neutral nursery decor ideas for later?Neutral Nursery Decor from Niki Jones at Mamas & Papas that's perfect for big kids too











Many thanks to Mamas & Papas for giving us the rug and cushion. All opinions are honest, as always.


    • 28th March 2018 / 8:34 pm

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

  1. 25th March 2018 / 11:08 pm

    What a cute room! Lovely decor x

    • 28th March 2018 / 8:35 pm

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

  2. fionamostyn
    23rd March 2018 / 8:29 pm

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

  3. Nicola
    22nd March 2018 / 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.

    • 23rd March 2018 / 10:32 am

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

  4. 22nd March 2018 / 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.

    • 23rd March 2018 / 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

  5. 22nd March 2018 / 11:13 am

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

    • 23rd March 2018 / 10:33 am

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

  6. Donna Ford
    22nd March 2018 / 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

    • 23rd March 2018 / 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

  7. 21st March 2018 / 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.

    • 23rd March 2018 / 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

  8. 21st March 2018 / 8:36 pm

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

    • 21st March 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you Anna it’s so luxurious xx

  9. 21st March 2018 / 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!

    • 21st March 2018 / 8:16 pm

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

  10. 21st March 2018 / 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

    • 21st March 2018 / 8:17 pm

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

  11. 21st March 2018 / 11:56 am

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

    • 21st March 2018 / 5:58 pm

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

  12. 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!

    • 20th March 2018 / 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

  13. 20th March 2018 / 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

    • 20th March 2018 / 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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