5 Tips for Creating a Nursery You’ll Love
July 11, 2021Designing the nursery for your soon-to-be bundle of joy will probably be one of the things about your pregnancy journey that will be the most fun! But it can also be a little intimidating if you aren’t sure where to start. Not to worry, you don’t have to be a professional designer to end up with a nursery you love. Here are our top five tips to get you started.
Make it About You Too
This is a space you’ll be spending a lot of time in – mornings, afternoons, nights, and middle-of-the-nights – so you want it to be a comfortable sanctuary when you come in for feeding, holding, and soothing your newborn. Make sure you have a comfortable sitting and resting place that’s just for you.
Pick a Palette
Today’s trends are moving away from traditional schemes of pinks and blues in favor of gender-neutral colors. But don’t let the word “neutral” throw you off if you are a color lover. You can still make dramatic statements with bold accents or an accent wall in an otherwise neutral space. Here are some palettes to think about:
- Calming shades of blues and teals combined with light wood furnishings for a modern aesthetic.
- A terracotta orange accent wall paired with white furnishings for an earthy, grounded space.
- Mint green walls and a navy-blue rug and pillows with white furnishings for a coastal vibe.
- Black and white wallpaper, light wood furnishings and bright green furniture for a contemporary eclectic look.
Select a Theme
Is there a favorite storybook or nursery rhyme you had as a child you want to use as inspiration for your nursery? Do you have a passion for the outdoors and wildlife you want to share with your little one? Did you have a favorite travel destination growing up that you want your baby to be part of? You can design a nursery around many different themes, such as a special interest you have, something nautical, animals, or something whimsical and fun like a carnival.
Going with a theme doesn’t mean it has to be overdone. You could stick with neutral surroundings and add accents that subtlety reflect the theme.
Make it Nighttime all the Time
Baby will have sporadic sleeping habits (and that means sleeping during the day), so design your nursery with lighting in mind. Add some blackout curtains or window shades if the nursery has windows with direct sunlight so you can trick your bundle of joy into thinking it’s night when it’s really midday and time for a much-needed nap.
A Room to Grow
Babies don’t stay babies forever (if only they could!), so as you design your nursery, think about baby’s different stages from infancy to toddler and how the décor and furnishings will accommodate changing needs.
As they start to crawl and walk and get more curious by the day, babies grab for things, step over things, and put things in their mouths. As you decorate your nursery, you’ll want to avoid knickknacks that can become choking hazards and loose area rugs that can become tripping hazards.
Convertible furniture that grows with your baby can help make the transition from crib to big kid bed much easier and less expensive because you don’t have to buy a new bed in a few years.
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