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5 Tips for Designing a Nursery

By finnteriors

December 28, 2020


Whether you’re expecting your first child or you’re on baby number three, you will need a designated space for the extra family member. Decorating a nursery is an exciting project. All you need is a little creativity to make the perfect space for your baby. Knowing how to utilize the space you have will make decorating that much easier.

Create a Room You and Your Baby Will Love

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A baby nursery is a big expense of having a baby. Both you and your baby will be spending lots of time in this room, so choose the decor wisely. Make sure it is as comfortable as possible. Nursery color schemes, themes, furniture, and storage are major considerations to begin planning your nursery.

1. Choose Your Space

It’s expected that nurseries will be a separate bedroom that has ample room for a crib, dresser, storage, and toys.  This is not always the case. Consider adding a room to your home or converting existing space if you don’t have any room for a nursery. If you are planning to have children later on, you may want to start making plans for a room addition now.

Depending on the size of your home, some new moms may have to share their bedroom or use a closet, at least temporarily.  All that is needed is a bassinet and portable changing station. You can set off the nursery space with a divider. If your space is too small to accommodate a divider, use color instead to designate the baby’s space.

2. Color Scheme and Themes

Once you’ve determined where you’re going to put your baby, settle on the colors for your baby’s space. Will you want bright colors or neutral colors in the room? Do you want jungle-themed or fairytale-themed décor?

If you don’t want to paint the entire room or just want a pop of color, consider an accent wall. Incorporate patterned wallpaper, easy-to-remove decals, a mural, or bright paint color. You can add some color to the ceiling as well. The ceiling is what the baby will be looking at the most while in bed. Stick-on decals like stars or flowers or an eye-catching wallpaper that goes with the theme of the room will attract the baby’s attention.

3. Furniture

Baby furniture choices should be based on functionality and comfort.  Cribs are essential furniture pieces that come in many different colors and added features. White, gray, pink, brown, and cream are common colors. Some cribs come with storage, drawers, and attached changing tables.

Since you’ll be getting up frequently during the nights for a while, you want to be comfortable. A glider, recliner, or comfy chair with an ottoman to rest your feet will be helpful for feedings and soothing your infant.  Other useful furniture and decor for a nursery can include a table, dresser, and area rug.

If you’re on a budget, try shopping at thrift and vintage stores. Vintage furniture can create an elegant and unique look for a baby’s room, often at a fraction of the price. Garage sales and online marketing sites are good sources for used baby items too. Don’t be shy about asking friends and family if they have baby items they’re no longer using.

4. Storage

Storage baskets are both a functional and decorative addition to any baby room. Baby storage baskets and bins can help you keep your tiny nursery tidy and organized. These containers are great for storing diapers, toys, books, clothes, blankets, towels, and more.

If you don’t use clear storage containers, be sure to use labels so you can find items you need quickly.

Utilizing wall space for additional baby room storage is a great option if you don’t want to take up floor space. Try adding multi-level shelving by the changing table to store diapers and wipes. Or add floating shelves by the crib to store blankets and toys.

5. Lighting

Pay attention to the lighting in the room. Natural light is a must for a nursery. For daytime naps, you’ll need to darken the room. Consider blackout curtains or blinds for the window coverings.

Unique light fixtures are a great nursery design idea. Consider chandeliers, pendant lights, sconces, or even table lamps in your nursery.  Make sure you install a dimmer switch so you can adjust the brightness for your baby.

Not Enough Space for Your New Baby?

If you have a bundle of joy on the way or want to plan early before you start a family, consider a room addition. Adding a nursery away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home allows for a unique space to nurture your baby during those first years.

Finnteriors has the experience to design and build your new dream space. Contact us today for more information.

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