My sister and my brother-in-law had their first child last month. My brother and my sister-in-law have two boys so now I have three nephews.
Nurseries are fun rooms to decorate. However, it can be a stressful time for families as they try to get this room together before the baby arrives. Below are some tips:
Don’t overlook the function of the room. It’s easy to do when you see things like this:
Make sure the space is practical. For example, is it easy to get to the changing table? Is everything you need for the changing table, wipes, diapers, etc., near the table?
I like roman shades. Curtains are fine for babies but once they start crawling, it’s better not to have anything on the floor that they can get tangled in. Keep an eye on the cords. Whatever treatment you decide on, can it block out light if needed? If the curtains are too sheer, get black out rolling shades.
Babies don’t care what the room look like. You will spend hours in this room. Is it comfortable and soothing for you?
Not every piece of furniture needs to come from a baby store. A dresser can be turned into a changing table.
To save money, re-purpose furniture and pieces that you already own.
The room should reflect the rest of the house. If you’re someone who loves minimalist mid-century, the nursery doesn’t need to look like some cutesy, super traditional space with bright colors, and visa versa. There are ways to incorporate your taste into the room.
When it comes to painting the walls, I’m a big fan of grey, and creamy whites for gender neutral colors. They’re classic, and depending on the shade, work with all types of décor from traditional to contemporary. A light yellow is great too but a more difficult color to work with.
Wallpaper. This is the room to add an accent wall with a bold paper:
If your taste fall to the more subtle side, something like this gives you a moment without being overwhelming:
Decals are a great for renters.
Unless you have time and money to decorate constantly, select furniture, art, and colors that will grow with your baby. Once they get older, you will redo the space for a big girl/big boy room.
It’s unlikely that a baby is a Frozen or Hot Wheels fan. Cutesy or trendy themes will feel dated and will become tired very quickly.
Do you have enough storage? Clutter is the last thing you need in this room. You don’t want trip over things during a midnight feeding when you’re exhausted and not the most alert.
Don’t forget the books, art work, and the accessories. It’s the little things that take a room from ho hum to something special.
Here are some more fab nurseries: