Back in December, the announcement of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy caused us to speculate on the decoration of the royal nursery. Not knowing the sex, I opted for natural decor, with lots of creams, a chandelier and a stark avoidance of dark decor for the modern royals.
But as of last night, the whole world knows that it’s a boy! Now that she knows the gender, will Kate be opting for the traditional blue colour scheme instead and picking up baby blue cushions and paint catalogues?
Not if the rumours are to be believed.
Kate’s said to be sticking with the gender neutral scheme, showing just how in touch she is with contemporary styling. She’s already bought a cream Moses basket from the boutique store Blue Almonds and we know that she’s purchased cream and brown stripey curtains for the corridor of the new Kensington Palace apartment. Fabrics in the same cream and brown scheme were handpicked from London’s Bernard Thorp & Co fabric and wallpaper shop at £131.76 a metre.
Perhaps her decor choice was the result of that visit to Blue Almonds three months ago. As soon as the pregnancy was announced, owner Izabela Minkiewicz started work on a new line – titled The Royal Collection. She’s described it as “elegant and timeless yet sparkly and glam” and it’s full of pure whites, silver cord embroidery and silver piping on furniture panels. Pinks and blues were avoided in a nod to Kate’s desire to keep the baby’s sex a secret.
Thanks to Kate, neutral nurseries are more popular than ever, although William and she did allow themselves one baby blue purchase… the Bugaboo Cameleon3 special-edition stroller in jewel blue. The black and white stripes on the inside of the hood embrace the classic while adding an edge to an otherwise no-fuss pram – clever.
I mean, you’d have to have one blue item, wouldn’t you?