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Designing a nursery for the baby? We are sharing how to design a nursery that's beautiful and practical.
One of the top questions that many first time parents ponder, is the whole aspect of decorating baby's nursery and what it takes to keep the space functional while making the baby's room look beautiful and warm.
The truth is, there's no right or wrong way to design a nursery. However, it's important to bear in mind that you are designing a nursery for a baby so design choices need to be deliberate and sensible. For example, you really wouldn't want to bring in an heirloom vase, into the space, right?
We've gathered our favorite nursery decorating ideas to help inspire your next nursery design project. Whether you are dreaming of a serene nursery, a moody baby's room or a vibrant space for the little one, there are ideas for every nursery.
THE BEST TIPS FOR DESIGNING A NURSERY
1.GET YOUR NURSERY DECORATING PROJECT STARTED EARLY
When should you start putting together a nursery, you ask? Well, let's just say, the sooner you get started with designing the nursery, the less stressed you'll be towards the end of the pregnancy. It's best to get started on decorating the nursery around 18-20 weeks. Start by coming up with a budget, gathering nursery inspiration and defining your nursery style preferences.
2.INVEST IN NURSERY FURNITURE THAT CAN GROW WITH BABY
Babies grow up very fast-too quickly if you ask us! So bring in nursery furniture that can transition to a kids room effortlessly. Invest in a convertible crib that transitions from crib to a toddler bed. Choose a beautiful dresser that can be used with a changing tray for diaper changes but can be used for years as a dresser later.
3.GO WITH NURSERY FURNITURE THAT'S WELL MADE AND CHILD FRIENDLY
When choosing nursery furniture, keep away from child like furniture and go with pieces that are child friendly but more timeless. For example, bring in a beautiful bookcase for storing baby's books, toys and keepsakes that can grow with baby.
4.FOCUS ON FUNCTIONALITY
A good nursery design is where functionality meets style. Remember, every nursery needs three essential zones/stations- sleeping, feeding and diapering. Add in an area for playtime/tummy time and you'll have everything you need to take care of baby's needs.
5.HONE IN ON AN EFFICIENT NURSERY LAYOUT
Spend sometime figuring out the best nursery layout and configuration for your space. As you determine the ideal nursey layout, ask yourself what space layout allows you to be the most efficient when taking care of baby's needs.
6.INCORPORATE A MIX OF STYLES
Keep the nursery from feeling one-note by incorporating a mix of styles. For example, mix sleek nursery furniture with vintages pieces to bring warmth and character to the baby's room.
7.PLAY WITH COLORS, SHAPES AND PATTERNS
Don't be afraid to infuse the nursery with colors, shapes and patterns to give the space a more lively and interesting appeal. A bold wallpaper design, an intriguing mural or colorful paintings can add just the right amount of oomph factor to the nursery.
8.LAYER NURSERY LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
Having a properly lit nursery allows the nursery to shine well and makes taking care of baby's needs much easy. Be sure to avoid harsh lighting, install a dimmer, bring in lamps to brighten the nursery as needed and add a night light for late night feedings and diaper changes.
9.DRESS UP THE NURSERY WINDOWS
Dressing up the windows is essential to keeping babies asleep and to give parents a much needed break. When picking window treatments for the nursery, opt for a blackout liner that darkens rooms.
10.CREATE A LAYERED LOOK
Give the baby's room a bit of coziness, warmth and richness by adding layers. Bring in throw pillows, plush rugs, sisal baskets to give the nursery a layered look.
11.ADD A NURSERY CHAIR THAT'S SCREAMS COMFORT
The most important thing to consider when picking a nursery chair is comfort, of course. This is where you'll spend most of the time in the nursery- feeding the baby, rocking the baby to sleep and making the most precious memories.
12.LET THE NURSERY BE AN EXTENSION OF THE REST OF THE HOUSE DESIGN & STYLE
When it comes to designing a nursery, the style you choose is really a personal decision. If you want to create a more harmonious look within the whole house, continue the design style into the nursery. For example, if the rest of the house has a boho chic vibe, then do bring those elements into the nursery design and make it a bit more fun.
13.Splurge vs. saving in nursery design
Make smart choices on where to splurge and where to save when designing the nursery. You can splurge on timeless furniture such as the dresser, neutral looks that can last a long time or a wall painting. You can save on textiles, rug, and nursery décor elements.
14.PICK A COLOR PAlETTE FOR THE BABY'S ROOM EARLY ON
Pin down a color palette for the nursery design early on. Having a defined color palette for the nursery will help you create a cohesive look and make decorating choices much easier.
15.PRIORITIZE SAFETY IN THE NURSERY
The most important thing to consider is child safety when designing the nursery. The crib should meet safety standards, the crib mattress should be firm and there should not be loose bedding, pillows, bumper pads or stuffed toys in the crib. The crib should be placed away from windows, cords and blinds. Furniture should be secured to the walls and more. Check out this baby proofing checklist to keep baby safe at all times.
16.GO WITH A MORE TIMELESS AND SOPHISTICATED VIBE
Choose timeless and sophisticated pieces over trendy, disposable pieces that won't stand the test of time. It will be a worthwhile expense since you get to enjoy and use the pieces over a long time.
17.ADD NURSERY DECOR IN SMALL DOZES
We get it! It's a kids space after all and you want to make it fun and bring in some cute child stuff. Just don't go overboard though!
18.BRING IN A FEW SHOW STOPPING decor items
Spend money on a few show stopping nursery décor items when decorating the nursery such as wallpaper, window treatments and art.
19.USE FABRICS, RUGS and CAPETS THAT'S EASY TO CLEAN
When choosing fabrics and textiles for the nursery, keep in mind that babies have accidents. Select fabrics, rugs or carpet that is easy to clean.
20.STOCK UP THE NURSERY WITH BABY CARE ESSENTIALS
During the nesting period, be sure to stock up the nursery with baby care essentials such as diapers, wipes, lotions and ointments, etc.
21.INCORPORATE LOTS OF NURSERY STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Transform even the tiniest baby room into a tidy and organized nursery by bringing in lots nursery storage solutions. Install wall shelves for storing books, get baskets for storing blanket, bring in bins for toy storage or bring in rolling cart for storing diapering essentials.
Last Updated on September 8, 2021 by Tira Attygalla
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