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HOW TO DESIGN A NURSERY: 13 TIPS TO CREATE A NURSERY YOU’LL LOVE

Looking for tips on how to design a nursery? We'll share 13 tips to create a nursery you'll love.

When it comes to nursery design, it's all about creating the perfect balance between style and function. A well designed nursery will be safe, practical, beautiful and a peaceful oasis.

Decorating a nursery is an investment for sure, so it only makes sense that you think through your nursery design plan, before you start making purchases and so forth. 

Here, we'll cover everything from nursery layouts to lighting, and from paint colors to nursery furniture. Use these tips to create a nursery that you'll love and a space that will grow with your baby.

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NURSERY DESIGN: 13 TIPS TO CREATE A NURSERY YOU'LL LOVE


1. ASSESS YOUR ACTUAL SPACE

Start by taking stock of the space you'll use to create the nursery. Is the space close to your bedroom? Consider how big the room is, the amount of natural light entering the space, the shape of the room and other important features in the room, such as built ins, closet, etc. Just understanding the space goes a long way towards designing a nursery you'll love. 


2. CREATE A MOOD BOARD

We are constantly inundated with tons of ideas and images of beautiful spaces. To create a nursery that you'll love, put together a mood board of images of vignettes, nurseries and other lovely spaces that you are drawn to.

Pinterest is a great tool to create your mood board. Pin some nursery inspiration from our Baby Nursery Board on Pinterest which has thousands of nursery photos! 

Once you've put together the mood board, you'll start to see clear themes come through – the same colors, styles and patterns. Now, you'll be able to visualize your dream nursery. 


3. IDENTIFY YOUR DESIGN STYLE

Perhaps, you are still stuck on a nursery design style. Take this nursery style quiz to figure out exactly what design style you are a fan of. Whether it's California Casual, Mid Century Modern or a more Traditional style, this nursery style quiz will help you hone in on your preferences.

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4. BE REALISTIC

Designing a nursery is an investment, so it makes sense to figure out your nursery design budget, before you put your design plan together. Having a budget makes decision making much easier!


5. PRIORITIZE

You've got these gorgeous images on your mood board but how does it translate in your space and with your budget? You've already taken stock of your actual space and determined your budget, so figure out the priorities when it comes to designing a nursery you'll love. What are the must-haves for the nursery, and what are some things you would like to have in the baby's room?

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6. CONSIDER THE ROOM LAYOUT

Deciding on the nursery layout is an important step when decorating a nursery. Nurseries have three essential zones- sleeping, feeding and changing. Look at your actual space and figure out the most efficient layout for the nursey. It might be helpful to draw the layout on graph paper to figure out the most efficient floorplan.

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7. SETTLE ON A COLOR PALETTE

Pick a color palette for your nursery design. Color plays an important role in creating the vibe you desire in the space. Checkout this guide on the best nursery paint colors to choose your nursery color palette.

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8.CHOOSE THE DECOR

Decide on the décor you'll want to add to the nursery. Are you considering painting the nursery walls or maybe you are leaning towards bringing in wallpaper? Or, you might be interested in creating an accent wall in the nursery.

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9. INVEST IN NURSERY FURNITURE

When designing a nursery, your biggest purchases will be the crib, dresser and nursery chair. Look for nursery furniture that can grow with baby, such as a convertible crib, a spacious dresser and a comfortable rocker/ glider.


10. LAYER WITH LIGHTING, TEXTILES AND TEXTURES

If you look closely at the images on the mood board, you'll notice that the spaces are well layered. Bring in different lighting sources, textiles and textures to create a mood and vibe that you love in the baby's room.

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11. ADD WINDOW TREATMENTS

Window treatments play an important role in the nursery design, so definitely don't let it become an after thought. Choose nursery blackout curtains to control the amount of light entering the nursery and to keep the nursery temperature regulated.


12. INCORPORATE NURSERY STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Don't forget to add nursery storage solutions to keep the nursery organized. Go for nursery storage options such as baskets, bins and shelves that are easy on the eye as well as functional. 

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13. ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES

Finally, add personal touches to the nursery, to create a nursery you'll love. Consider bringing in some family photos and a family heirloom to make the space special and meaningful.


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