With the birth of their third child merely a few months away, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt busy preparing a nursery at their Kensington Palace home for their bundle of joy. While it may be likely that the royal couple will recycle several pieces they purchased for their eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, surely there will be some new additions made that inspire parents everywhere. Our sister magazine HELLO! asked the experts from two of Kate's favorite brands – Blue Almonds and Rachel Riley – for their top tips on creating a royal-inspired nursery!
Kate bought a Blue Almonds Moses basket ahead of the birth of Prince George Photo: Blue Almonds
When she was expecting her first child, Prince George, in 2013, the Duchess was spotted shopping for nursery essentials with her mom Carole Middleton. Among the purchased pieces was a traditional Moses basket from Blue Almonds baby boutique, which is located close to her home in Kensington. The moment, of course, sparked a huge increase in sales of the basket. Blue Almonds owner Izabela Minkiewicz said that is not the only essential parents should consider buying for their baby's nursery. The entrepreneur told HELLO! that a cot bed, changing station and a comfortable armchair are all must-haves.
A cot bed is an essential for any nursery Photo: Blue Almonds
Meanwhile, Rachel Riley, who plans to launch a homeware collection in the spring, suggested: "I love a nursery to be filled with matching pieces. I would suggest a fitted cot sheet and cot bumper with some matching cot pockets, a diaper stacker and laundry bag so baby's essentials can be stored away, a cosy knitted blanket and some matching scatter cushions which can be placed on a chair in the nursery. I would finish the room off with matching curtains too. So sweet!"
Rachel Riley is launching a homeware range this spring Photo: Rachel Riley
It is also vital for parents to consider the color scheme of their design. "A nursery should be a space in which the baby and parents can relax," Izabela told HELLO!. "The right color palette can help to create a warm ambience and this can be created by having an accent wall with a pastel color or a delicate wallpaper, maybe a color co-ordinated rug in the middle or the room or some colorful decorative pillows or even a chic musical mobile above the bed or a subtle night light."
A neutral color palette is perfect for a nursery Photo: Blue Almonds
These are most likely things Prince William and Kate have already considered, following the births of George and Charlotte. Of course, they may decide to make some updates to the room of their third baby. "With a third child on the way, it is not always easy to decide what to do in the nursery. But this will be another very special addition to the family and he/she needs to be treated in a special way," Izabela added.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child Photo: Getty Images
"The Duchess of Cambridge strikes me as a very pragmatic and sensible woman who is prone to recycling, so I would expect her to recycle some of the existing nursery items. As George is now four, now would be the perfect time for him to transform his room into a more grown up space and if the Duchess of Cambridge has another boy, he can have George's nursery."
The Blue Almonds owner continued to say: "However, I am sure she will add lots of special touches to the new baby's room by choosing new wallpaper and a new fabric theme and perhaps adding some personalised artwork with which to decorate the walls and some other beautiful accessories to complete the space. If parents decide not to learn the gender of their child in advance - as has been the case with both George and Charlotte - we would always suggest chic tones with neutral whites, grey and silver."