Designing Your Unique Nursery
Designing your nursery is one of the fun ways to get ready for your new baby, but it can also be a little overwhelming. From deciding what you need and following the latest safety recommendations to choosing colors and decorations, it’s not easy. It’s even harder if you’re creating a gender neutral nursery! Not to worry, we’ve got some tips to help you create your dream nursery from furnishing to our favorite paint colors to storage solutions!
What Furniture Do You Need?
If you haven’t started putting your nursery together, you may be wondering what you need to get started. If you’re looking at registry list suggestions, you are probably completely overwhelmed! Take a deep breath, and remember, most things aside from a crib or bassinet are pretty much optional, so it’s important to just get what you feel you want and need! I recommend:
Crib or Bassinet - remember, most bassinets are only good for the first few months until the baby grows out of it, but they’re great for keeping by your bedside if you room-share.
Small dresser - A simple three or four-drawer dresser for storing onesies, coordinating outfits and infant pajamas and sleepers will keep your baby clothes nicely organized. If you prefer, a cube storage with baskets can be attractive and just as functional!
Changing table - I know some people think they’re unnecessary, some people think they’re a must-have. I love having a convenient place to keep diapers, wipes, and a basket for lotion, diaper rash cream, and all that stuff. If you’re short on space, combination dressers and changing tables are great options!
Comfortable rocker or glider - From rocking your baby to sleep to late night feeding you want a cozy place to sit with your baby where you can also transfer him or her back to the crib easily. I also recommend a small side table with a bottom shelf to hold a small basket with things like gas drops, infant pain reliever, and a bottle of water and snack for you in case you are trapped under a napping baby and get hungry or thirsty.
Note, if you have limited square footage, instead of a dresser, use bins that you can slide under your baby’s crib with ease to keep them out of the way, or hang sweater storage from the bar in the closet for easy storage. And use your wall space - pegboard lets you hang baskets to store items, floating shelves are perfect for books and toys!
Creating a Safe Sleeping Spot
Crib newer than 10 years old without a drop-side with a new crib mattress;
Nothing in the crib besides a crib-size fitted sheet (no blankets, stuffed animals, or bumpers);
Keep the crib away from windows with blind cords;
If you find a quilt you love, consider using it as a wall hanging until the baby is old enough to use a blanket! That will also help keep it free of stains (at least for the first year or so!).
Choosing the Perfect Nursery Color Palette
If you’re ready to branch out past typical pink and blue, there are so many gorgeous colors to do a nursery in! From pale, pretty neutrals with soft pastel accents to vibrant colors with surprising accents, I want to share some of my favorite paint colors for nurseries along with some ideas for accents!
Aquatint by Sherwin Williams - This is a light, cheerful aqua that’s perfect for a baby’s room! Pair it with gray, crisp white, and coral, red, yellow, or orange for a beautifully bright space that’s not overwhelming or loud.
Lemon Glow by Benjamin Moore - Far from the bold yellow its name suggests, Lemon Glow is a fresh, pale yellow that pairs perfectly with navy blue, olive greens, and brown.
White Mint by Sherwin Williams - An icy mint that beautifully blends the palest shades of soothing blue and nurturing green, this color looks gorgeous with white and gray or navy, or go for a bit of an eclectic look by pairing it with orange or red!
Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore - A true gray with clean undertones, gray is becoming increasingly popular in nurseries, and with good reason! Pair it with nearly any color from navy or teal to fuschia to create a unique look for your baby’s room
Alabaster by Sherwin Williams - A lovely clean white that gives you total freedom to decorate your baby’s room! I love a black and white nursery for something a little different!
Also, don’t think you have to be stuck just painting the walls. Add a contrasting paint color to a dormer window or to the ceiling to add interest. If you want to create a theme, you can even paint a mural on one wall!
If paint doesn’t interest you, consider using wallpaper! Wallpaper is coming back into fashion in a big way, featuring eclectic prints, gorgeous patterns, and an array of colors. And, like paint, wallpaper isn’t just for walls, try putting it on the ceiling like this amazing look from Style Me Pretty.
Decorating Your Baby’s Room
Once you’ve got it furnished and painted, it’s time to bring life to your baby’s room. You can do this in so many ways that it can be hard to not add every cute thing you see to the nursery. However, that can add to clutter QUICK, so instead, consider a theme to the nursery.
For example, what was your favorite children’s book growing up? If you loved Madeline, give the room a decidedly French theme with Eiffel tower decorations. Or you can use a favorite fairy tale, animal, or nature theme. Whatever direction you choose, combine knickknacks, fabrics, and wall art to incorporate your theme. I LOVE adding three-dimensional soft decor to the walls for texture and depth.
If you’re ready to create a beautiful nursery for your baby, be sure to shop the Piper Jade Kids nursery decor for absolutely gorgeous, unique items that will put the finishing touches on your baby’s room.
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