Decorating a nursery is a big project. Feeling a little overwhelmed? You’re not alone but hopefully after this article you will feel more at ease so let’s get started.
Pulling the perfect nursery together before baby’s big arrival can be a little stressful, especially if you don’t have much experience in design. Need a little push in the right direction? This step-by-step guide to decorating a nursery will keep you on the right track. Just breathe and take it one step at a time!
1. Get Inspired
If you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest is the perfect place to start and you can check out our nursery inspiration board right HERE. Focus on broad concepts, like color, style or theme, but don’t forget about those cute details. Sometimes something as simple as a swatch of wallpaper, a cute art print or a cuddly toy – can inspire an entire nursery design!
2. Narrow Your Options
Deciding on a specific decorating style and/or theme is the quickest way to narrow down your design choices, helping you to define everything from paint colors to furniture options.
3. Decide on a Basic Color Scheme
Easier said than done, right? Don’t panic. Look to your inspiration images and study the latest color trends in magazines and online.
Tip: Whatever you do, don’t buy paint yet! Selecting your basic color scheme is one thing, but committing to a single, specific hue is another. Save the trip to the hardware store for later.
4. Create a Mood Board
Once you’ve narrowed down your ideas and identified your must-have pieces, use them to create a mood board. This could be something as simple as a Pinterest board or as sophisticated as a digital rendering of your dream nursery. Prefer to go old school? Take out the project board and create a cut-and-paste collage. Whatever works for you!
5. Buy the Basics
Ready to hit the shops? Start with the crib and other bulky furniture items, like the changing table and nursing chair. Buying the furniture first will allow you to better visualize your nursery. Once everything is in place, you’ll know how much space you have and what else is needed. Laying it all out will also help you to make those first important decorating decisions, such as where to draw focus and what bedding to buy.
Tip: Nursery furniture doesn’t need to match. A well-coordinated collection of mismatched furniture makes for a more interesting space!
6. Decide on a Focal Point
Imagine painting your perfect nursery on a blank canvas. What’s at the center of your composition? A crib set against a stunning accent wall? A well-dressed window? Just as every painting needs a subject, every good design needs a focal point. Once you’ve chosen a focal point, think about what you can do to make it a genuine point of interest.
7. Choose Textiles and Prints
It’s a golden rule of decorating: Always choose soft furnishings before you buy paint. It’s much easier to match paint with textiles than find fabulous bedding and curtains that just happen to pair nicely with your specific shade of paint.
Time to bring your project to life! Clear out the room and cover the furniture. Prep, paper and paint to your heart’s content. Let the room air out for as long as possible, and then clean it from top to bottom before baby arrives.
9. Dress Your Space
Decorating a nursery is not about how much adorable nursery swag you have. It’s about how you use it. Instead of trying to cover every inch of available space with decorations, try concentrating your decor in key areas.
Tip: Don’t forget to add a rug. Area rugs pack a powerful design punch.
10. Create Storage
You can never have enough storage, especially when it comes to kids. Baby bibs, blankets and burp clothes take up more space than you think and will soon be followed by an adorable selection of stuffed animals, toys and miniature clothing.
11. Get Ready for Baby
Now that your nursery is starting to come together, it’s time to shift gears and start thinking about its little occupant. Have you baby-proofed your nursery space? Stocked up on nursery necessities, like diapers and wipes? Figured out what to do with all those adorable little outfits? If not, you may need to do that before baby arrives.
Hope you enjoyed this article and most of all have fun decorating your nursery!
Sources: http://nursery.about.com/od/Design-Elements/tp/Nursery-101-How-to-Decorate-a-Nursery.htm How to Design a Baby Nursery: 11 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow