Start with a Budget
This is key for the nursery where things add up quickly! This will also help you to decide what items you would like to splurge on and what items you want to save on. Take into account prices of paint, curtains, and wall decals – sometimes it’s the little details that put the budget over the top!
Use Multi-Functional Pieces
Not only will this help you with your budget, it will also help with your design as the baby grows. Try using a dresser as a change table, a rocker/glider that will suit the décor of your family room when you’re done, and a crib that converts into a bed.
Storage, Storage, and Storage
There’s no such thing as too much storage. You might be surprised with how much a little baby actually needs (or what people will buy for him or her). Look into shelves and baskets to hide all the diaper changing goodies as well as for organizing the closet in order to maximize the space that you have available. Again, additional shelves and bins in the closet will help to contain the clutter, toys, and supplies.
Curtains, that is! Blackout curtains are lifesavers for helping baby sleep for nap time and in the summer time with those long daylight hours.
Go Neutral and Add Accents
When choosing the colour for your nursery, your best option is to go neutral, but don’t think just beige/brown/cream. There are plenty of neutral colours out there that you may not think are neutrals such as pale blues and greens that will work for boy or girl rooms. Soft colour tones in rooms help with calming and tranquility. Add the bold or gender specific colours in accents throughout the nursery, whether with pillows, bedding, curtains, or wall decals and art.
Design for You
As a parent you will be spending almost as much time in the nursery as your baby, so make sure that it is a place that you love and feel comfortable in. Nursery design does not have to be all “cutesy” and child orientated any more, it is now taking on a more subdued and sophisticated look.