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US designer to the stars passes on his nursery decorating tips

We caught up with David Netto, the designer whose furniture graces Gwyneth Paltrow's nursery

Posted: 9 March 2011
by Roisin Johnson

Polar Bear Rocker

Cot, including mattress and assembly

Think Baby caught up with uber-designer David Netto at Harrods to talk to him about his posh new nursery furniture range for Maclaren, available exclusively at the upmarket store. His work's been snapped up by Gywneth Paltrow and Stephen Spielberg, among others, and it's furniture to die for. But you can’t stretch to his high-end price tags (£1350 for this cot and mattress plus £260 for a conversion kit) put the nursery design tips he shared with us to good use when you’re in B&Q this weekend.

Don’t over-furnish “If you’ve finished preparing the nursery and it looks half-empty then that’s a good thing,” says David. “You’ll be inundated with baby ‘stuff’ in the first few months so it will fill up pretty fast.”

Think about lighting “Get two table lamps for the room – one of these should be dimmable for when you see to your baby at night,” says David.

Invest in a rug “A sheepskin one is lovely and soft for rolling around on with your baby,” he says. Even if you have carpet it's fabulous to have one on top for bonding time together.

Get the balance right “If you’re undecided about whether to go for full on bright colours or something more neutral, paint one of the walls a bright colour and the rest neutral,” says David.

Accessorize We love the Rufus the Polar Bear Rocker, £200, from David's range, available later in the year. “Go for a mirror too," says David, "as your baby will love to make faces in it with you.”

Remember it's your nursery too “You’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery so put something in it that you like too – if you’re a James Bond fan why not put a poster up of him on the wall too?”

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