Pregnancy is such an exciting time as you anticipate the arrival of a new little one in your home! With all the preparation that takes place before baby, you may be feeling either thrilled or overwhelmed at the prospect of creating a nursery. To help, we’ve put together a step-by-step process to help you think through the elements you might want to include.
Step one: Start with a strong base
The first step in tackling your nursery design is to think through the big pieces. You know you’ll need a crib, a cozy place to sit, and a space to change those endless diapers. We love the idea of using a vintage dresser as a changing table. Whereas a traditional changing table only serves you in the early baby years, a dresser gives you plenty of space for storage, a changing pad, and all the essentials, and can be easily repurposed in later years! Check out this fun, repainted red dresser in Kate Smith Interiors One Room Challenge reveal earlier this year:
And we love this mid-century modern piece that Amanda Louise Interiors incorporated into a darling nursery:
Step two: Think about your lighting
While your nursery may have overhead lights, you’ll want to think through what your days (and nights!) will be like with a little one and evaluate your lighting preferences. We recommend adding a table lamp or two on the dresser/changing table, well out of reach of baby. Consider using a dim light bulb or adding a dimmer switch to your lamp for those late-night wake ups.
Step three: Incorporate local or vintage art
Now it’s time to have some fun! Whether or not you’re finding out your baby’s gender before the birth, you can still create a defined style for the space that reflects your family. Vintage artwork and prints are a great way to add depth to your baby’s space, especially if you find a piece that really speaks to you. Our Redouté botanical prints are a great place to start, or find your inspiration in the colors and textures of a one-of-a-kind piece by local artist Melissa Connor.
Step four: Make it pop with fun textiles
If you’re nervous about adding color or committing to a bold print or pattern, textile play is for you! Adding unique pillow covers or curtains to your nursery is an inexpensive way to get that lush, designer look. While the nursery is a space for your baby, it’s important that you enjoy it too. We have designer pillow covers and throws in nearly every color, texture, and size, so stop by and we’ll strategize about your space together!
Step five: Add something small and special
Consider small ways that you can add meaning and history to your little one’s room. This might be a family heirloom, an old photo, a sweet brass animal, or a small ginger jar that you find inspiring. We think this is a great tip for any room! Vintage pieces mixed throughout your decor give your space depth and richness.
Step six: Include a spot for fresh flowers
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? Nothing brightens up a space more than bring a little bit of the outside in. In those long, tiring days of newborn care, this is an easy way to keep your baby’s space looking cheery. Consider a small, vintage vase tucked up on a high shelf or dresser out of baby’s reach, and use this guide to style inexpensive supermarket flowers.
Creating a mood board or pinning your favorite ideas is a great way to get your plans nailed down before you start purchasing furniture or picking out colors. Remember, there are no perfect spaces and the goal is to reflect your family and the celebrate the sweet days ahead, so enjoy the process!