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Don’t let putting together the perfect nursery design be one of your parenting worries. Image: Marie Flanigan Interiors
Picking a nursery design is one of the first decisions a soon-to-be parent will make. It’s no surprise that this project can feel simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. It’s something that — understandably — you’ll want to do the right way.
We’re here to make sure you knock it out of the park. We’ve outlined our best tips for putting together the perfect nursery design to help welcome home your bundle of joy. Read on to learn how you can prepare for your new baby in four simple steps.
Go ahead and embrace a theme. Image: Wynne Taylor Ford
Build around a theme
Let’s be honest: A nursery is one of the most fun design projects out there. Not only is it exciting to anticipate the new addition to your family, but from a design perspective, it offers a sense of freedom not seen in adult spaces. Bright colors and big, bold décor pieces are encouraged rather than sparingly regulated.
That said, you want the room to feel aesthetically pleasing rather than overwhelming. The best way to strike that balance is by building the room around a theme. Whether it ends up being zoo animals or princesses, the theme will give you parameters to create the design within an order to keep the room feeling cohesive.
If you’re trying to settle on the perfect theme, start by picking a pattern. A single patterned item can help you by providing both a theme and a coordinating color scheme. You’ll be able to build the room piece by piece simply by selecting coordinating items.
Choose furniture that pulls double-duty. Image: Butter Lutz Interiors, LLC
Focus on multi-functional furniture
As your child grows, his or her needs will continue to change. The last thing you want to do is spend lots of money on furniture that will only be useful for the first year or two. It makes much more sense to invest in pieces that grow and change with them.
These days, there are plenty of multi-use pieces on the market. Consider looking for a removable changing tray for the top of a standard dresser. You could also look for a crib that converts into a toddler bed once your child is ready.
Don’t feel the need to limit this focus to baby-specific furniture either. If you’d like to buy a nursing chair and footstool, consider looking for an ottoman that allows for hidden storage. You could also forgo the chair in favor of a couch that will fit well in a playroom later on.
Make sure to include plenty of storage. Image: MANDARINA STUDIO interior design
Include plenty of storage
It goes without saying that kids come with a ton of stuff. Every nursery needs to include plenty of storage to contain that sudden explosion of baby products — especially if you have multiple children. Ideally, these organizational options will also help you keep it all together in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Again, consider your future needs, as well as the most pressing newborn needs. Look into options that can contain everything from teeny, tiny rattles to much larger toys down the road.
Where storage is concerned, be honest with yourself about how practical visibility will be on a day-to-day basis. While open shelving options are on-trend, unless you are certain you’ll straighten them regularly, it may make more sense to opt for closed options that can hide disorganization from view.
Make sure the room feels comfortable. Image: Akin Design Studio
Put comfort first
Above everything else, a nursery should feel warm, comforting and safe. That’s the environment you intend to provide for your baby and, ideally, that feeling will be infused throughout the whole of your design. Not to mention that you’ll be spending a lot of time — and more than a few sleepless nights — in that room. Do yourself a favor and make it as cozy as possible.
Here, layering is your secret weapon. A variety of soft fabrics and plush textiles are key. As shown in the picture above, you can do this through layering a variety of colors, patterns and textures on top of each other. Though each item is clearly comfortable, there’s enough variety among them to add a sense of depth and visual interest to the design.
Don’t be afraid to add some toys to your design as well. Though your baby won’t be able to enjoy plush objects right away, they can add a sense of comfort and plenty of aesthetic value to the room until your child is old enough to play with them safely.