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To not understand this nursery trend?

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Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 16:59:32

Since being pregnant and constantly looking at baby stuff on Instagram my entire discover is full of baby related content. All I see is floor to ceiling white/grey nursery's, with all white furniture, big fluffy white rugs.. kids bedrooms all in muted colours, mainly white and grey, very gorgeous to look at.. but AIBU to think surely these aren't what kids want? And surely it's a recipe for disaster having SO much white? I feel like if the little ones had the choice it would be a lot more colourful and a bit more fun. Some examples attached!

AlbusPercival Thu 21-Mar-19 17:00:29

Completely agree!

SprogletsMum Thu 21-Mar-19 17:00:30

White isn't the worst choice for a nursery for a little baby the sick would blend in grin

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:04:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LordPickle Thu 21-Mar-19 17:08:13

What colour would you prefer? I choose to do my sons nursery in all grey and white (with dark furniture) because it seemed weird to do it with blue or really bright colours. I thought a nice calm environment would be best.

Now that he's a toddler, he is obsessed with cars so we've decorated accordingly.

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:10:54

They're just SO pristine and perfect. I'd be scared to be in a room like that and I'm not a messy baby/toddler grin I'm not sure, it just comes off a bit boring? Don't little ones like colours and patterns and a bit of .. well, less white?! Not doubting how gorgeous they are they just seem more for the mother than the baby

TriciaH87 Thu 21-Mar-19 17:11:39

Were you aware that until the age of around one they only see in black and white. Its probably so they can aim at parents of both genders. Also easy to clean.

Starch Thu 21-Mar-19 17:12:42

I’m not sure kids at that stage really give much of a shit tbh.

When my first was born it was all traditional Winnie the Pooh (ie non Disney) and shades of beige and brown hmm

CountessVonBoobs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:15:51

Until they get to about 2 or 3 it's what you like anyway, not what they like. Most people want a nice calming space that they enjoy spending time in. Newborns and small babies like black and white and high-contrast. DS2 loved the black wrought headboard of our bed against a white wall.

Milicentbystander72 Thu 21-Mar-19 17:15:55


My dds room was sky blue and white. Over the years it became more colourful with cushions, rugs and bigger colourful toys etc. This was 24 years ago though so maybe I'm extremely out of fashion.

I quite like the white. It's restful. It will end up being more colourful by default. Too many contrasting colourful colours can be too much fir the eye.

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:17:07

@TriciaH87 Babies can see colour by 5 months, wouldn't you plan to decorate more for the remaining few years rather than the first 5 months? We've decorated the nursery to also be suitable as a bedroom until they grow out of the decor but I imagine we won't redecorate until he's about 5+ at the earliest. Colour isn't any more difficult to clean! White just shows every little mark.

Hollowvictory Thu 21-Mar-19 17:18:59

Whites easy to touch up or redo though.
What don't you understand? That other people have different taste to you? Show us a picture of your child's bedroom so we can critique it?

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:19:11

I'm not saying to do every wall rainbow coloured, but some of them have no colour whatsoever! I guess I just don't get the whole grey trend, people seem to have every room in the house all grey and I just find it all so boring. It's only my opinion!

NunoGoncalves Thu 21-Mar-19 17:19:26

I don't think Instagram represents reality.

DuggeesWoggle Thu 21-Mar-19 17:19:53

We had DS in with us til he was well over a year old and planning to do the same with DC2 (isn't a year the recommendation these days?) The bonus of it is we have an extra year to sort the shite out in the spare room and don't have to do any 'newborn' style decorating. DS' is pretty sparse anyway, when do people get time to do elaborate decorating?

ZippyBungleandGeorge Thu 21-Mar-19 17:20:12

DSs nursery has pale blue walls (it was my home office before and they were freshly painted, nothing about blue for boys!) , but it has a rainbow/sunshine/clouds theme so lots of bright primary colours, including the bars of his cot, mural on the wall, bright fun accessories, star shaped fairy lights etc, he loves it and so do our nieces. I think the colourless thing is more about the trend of all grey houses than what's good for a baby/toddler. Given the projectile poosplosions that have occurred on the changing unit I'm glad we have waxed floorboards and not cream carpet!

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:20:16

Was just a simple musing on what I've noticed to be a very common trend.. just sharing an opinion and wondered if anyone thought the same. No harm no foul.

PinkOboe Thu 21-Mar-19 17:20:35

Were you aware that until the age of around one they only see in black and white

that cannot be true

Habbs Thu 21-Mar-19 17:21:58

@PinkOboe Babies mainly see in black white and grey for the first 3 months, by 5 months they'll normally have good depth colour vision. Nowhere near a year.

Yabbers Thu 21-Mar-19 17:23:24

I remember MIL saying “oh but you’ll want your baby all dressed in white”

Sure, because white is the perfect colour for not having stained clothing!

DontCallMeCharlotte Thu 21-Mar-19 17:24:01

Were you aware that until the age of around one they only see in black and white.

Well. Every day's a school day. I thought that was dogs grin

kaytee87 Thu 21-Mar-19 17:24:12

Yeah... I'm not sure the babies give a shit 😂

GummyGoddess Thu 21-Mar-19 17:25:51

They are bland, but some schools of thought suggest lots of patterns and bright colours make it hard for babies and small children to focus on an activity.

Personally dc's room is yellow with subtle decor. I don't like the pale colours but don't like busy patterns or bright colours either.

Yabbers Thu 21-Mar-19 17:26:07

Whites easy to touch up or redo though.
And needs to be done way more than any other colour. It also depends on finding the exact shade of white.

Yeah... I'm not sure the babies give a shit 😂
Babies generally give a whole lot of shit 😂

peachgreen Thu 21-Mar-19 17:26:33

We did ours like this so that we could add colour over the years according to DD's preferences. More of a blank canvas. She chose her own rug the other day - she's only 14 months but she bloody loves this rug, she goes and lies down on it and gives it kisses!

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