How to create the sweetest animal-theme nursery

Soothing, serene and restful –  a neutral nursery is a great design scheme that can remain relevant long past the baby years


Natural neutral

If you’re preparing your home for a new arrival and have resisted finding out the sex of your baby, or perhaps you simply aren’t excited by the traditional boy/girl colors of blue and pink, then consider choosing a colour scheme that will suit either.

We’ve chosen an animal theme for this gorgeous gender-neutral scheme, with a curious giraffe as the hero. This subtle natural scheme with its limited colour palette is soothing, serene and restful – all things a nursery should be. The key to creating a neutral look is to include lots of textural elements so it doesn’t look flat: think sheepskin, felt, wool and linen. This scheme would suit both boys and girls, and colourful elements can easily be added to suit your growing child.

If you like this look but want to add pastels…

Top tip

If you have wooden floors in your nursery a large rug or carpet square is essential as your little one will spend time on the floor. A rug is also a great way to add colour to the room.

Get the look

Incy Teeny cot, $1,190, and Incy cot mattress, $209, both from; homestead flannel cot sheet set, $59.90, Willow grey cot quilt (hanging over cot), $69.90, both from Wallace Cotton; cotton comfort blanket (in cot), $89.90, from Citta; Muskhane felt round cushion, $130, Muskhane France small felt lampshades, $70 each, and Down to the Woods lamb (in round shelf), $15, all from Tea Pea; round button small shelf, $495, Muuto wall dots (set of 5), $220, both from Bauhaus; giraffe magnetic wallpaper, $189, from; wooden bear teether in box, $26, mini milk bottle light, $25, and T Lab pole wooden animals (in round shelf), $29 each, all from Little Whimsy; knit jacket (hanging on hooks), $79.90, from Country Road; felt slippers, $40, felt pouf ball in stone, $485, and Gokarna felt spot rug, $240, all from Good as Gold; Lily and George toy giraffe (on floor), $39.95, from Shut the Front door. Walls and floor painted in Resene ‘Black White’.

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.