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As the world awaits news of the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child As we hear the news that the #royalbaby is a boy, our thoughts also turn to what a nursery fit for a prince or princess might look like.  Along with our hearty congratulations for the royal couple, here are a few selections for nursery decor ideas and inspirations along with some practical tips and advice...

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We imagine the nursery is set up and ready to receive its royal occupant, but if not, here are a few Nursery Tours from our archives that could serve as inspiration, if they decide to go in a more contemporary style direction:

• Michael's Playful Room To Grow (shown above)
Mila's Fun, Music Inspired Nursery
Aiden's "Modern Preppy" Nursery
Axel's Clean & Cozy Nursery

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Choosing a color for the nursery is a big decision. The image above is a playful kids room design from Farrow & Ball, who have already released some color suggestions for the royals. For a girl, they like their Great White paint (with pink and purple undertones) for a not-too-sugary light and bright space or Borrowed Light if the royals are going to go blue for a boy. If they plan to go more gender neutral the picks are a soft green called Pale Powder or Ringwald Ground, a classic yellow.

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We always like a soft buttercream for nurseries - warm, calm and sweet. Here is a roundup of good ones for the parents-to-be to consider:
8 Perfect Pale Buttercream Paint Colors

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Finally, some helpful advice direct to Will and Kate from our readers on what's necessary for the nursery (and, maybe more importantly, what is not):

• Over 100 comments on the question, Is a Glider or Rocker a Nursery Necessity?

• Over 120 comments on the topic, Nursery Nevers: Products You'd Never Purchase Again

And, for the friends of the couple, some go-to gift suggestions:

• Over 50 comments answering the question, Do You Have a Go-To Baby Shower Gift?

(Editor's note: updated from a post originally published 12/3/2012.)

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