First things first… Before beginning your nursery, decide the style, colors and tones you want to use. One helpful way of doing this is to create a mood board, where you can pin pictures of your favorite nursery styles, paint colors, furniture and even accessories. Tired of traditional pink and blue? Don’t limit yourself to using only these gender- specific colors. You can create a chic nursery using gemstones, metallic and neutral colors. If you wish, utilize blues or pinks as accent colors for furniture or accessories. Another fun trick is to keep the walls a white or cream and use a pretty paint color or wallpaper for the ceiling. This will provide a cascade effect, projecting a hint of the ceiling color down on the walls.
Wallpaper by Osborne and Little
Child friendly not childish… Many people make the mistake of not planning a nursery that is easy to adapt as your child grows and matures. By picking more natural tones verses bright primary colors or pastels, your nursery can be adapted according to your child’s age and need. In addition, this also allows you to accent the room with brighter furniture or paint colors and fun fabrics without having too much competing color. When ready for a change, it is easier to exchange colored accessories than paint colors on the wall or larger furniture pieces.
Keep it Classic… When accessorizing your nursery, remember to consider function and safety. Make sure not to over-clutter your space with too many trinkets and accessorizes, as this will make the room feel overwhelming and distract from the simple beauty. Pick a few sentimental or statement pieces, and let those speak for themselves. You can also add a personal touch by picking out fun knobs for drawers or colored accent books for bookshelves. Placing more valuable and breakable items up on bookshelves or case goods also helps prevent your little one from breaking items or getting hurt.
Balance between function and fun… When choosing furniture for your nursery, pick the pieces you need to have for functionality first. For example, make sure you’ve got a good glider for rocking your baby, and make sure the heights on your furniture easily accommodate your needs. After picking your functional furniture, you can spruce up your space with accent furniture, fun fabrics and paint or paper that will make a statement. Utilize heirloom or antique pieces, such as an antique child’s chair or rocking horse to establish a look that is uniquely yours. Colored lighting also enhances any room and helps set the tone for your nursery.
Children’s Antique English Chair at CHD Interiors
Get Creative… Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box in the nursery. If you’ve always wanted a tree house feel in your nursery, consider using a cool picket fence as a wall mount or as a headboard for your toddler bed. Swings or hanging accessories can also create a fun environment for your growing bundle of joy, while finding a unique way of capturing that “Hundred Acre Woods” feel.
Have fun with it. ..This may be the most fun room in your home to decorate. Get inventive, enjoy reliving your own childhood dreams through your little one, and make the room prince or princess ready!