I love designing nurseries, I think it’s a wonderful time. It’s nice to start early so you have plenty of time to daydream whilst working on your beautiful baby room, but I know that sometimes the process can be overwhelming. Most mums to be would start on Pinterest for inspiration and get immediately overwhelmed by the millions of options they are presented with.
This 5 steps below will help you to make some basic decisions about what you want. Use this to narrow down your search and look for inspiration and options that are fit for your ideas. I suggest to stick with your decisions – think them well through but then try not to change your mind every time you see something you like or it’s cute – be strong and stick with YOUR vision instead of copying someone else’s.
I’m here to help – go through these steps, write down your decisions and go from there.
The first step is the easiest to decide on – what type of floor would you like in your baby room? In most cases, this will be given as you already live in a home and you might not want to change the flooring in the room that you will transform into a cute nursery. However, if you’re making it from scratch there are 2 things to think about:
- Hard flooring (with or without rugs) or carpet
- Dark or light? Just keep in mind, that ideally the floor should be the darkest shade is the whole room (in any room) as that is the most natural to the eye. The rest of the room (walls & furniture especially) will need to be a lighter shade. So, if you go for a very light flooring then the whole room will have to follow that lead – which is absolutely fine as you’re aim is to have a nice, airy room where you & baby can relax.
Ok, walls might be a bit more time consuming to decide on, but you can manage – in a week or two, you will be done with this work too. Here you have 3 core options and a bonus option:
- Wall mural
- A combination of the above
However you decide, make sure that you order in samples of everything you are looking to buy so you can have a look at all the options. This is super important in case you will paint your nursery, as all paint colours look different in specific light conditions, on different wall textures and they will be also very different depending on the part of the day (the light changes the colour shades so all paint shades will look different when it’s sunny or when it’s grey & rainy outside).
If you never heard that before, I can imagine that now you’re in shock and started to panic as well as feeling the overwhelm again. Do NOT freak out, here’s what you need to do:
- choose your colour palette based on paper samples or images on the web
- have a look which combination of wall options you prefer together
- order in samples of everything
- put the samples on the wall – paint the colours in 2 stripes, stick on the wallpaper, sample the mural or the colours you will use in the mural. It’s important to put the samples on those walls where you intend to use them – not on any wall in the house.
- take a look at the samples during different parts of the day and in different whether conditions – this might take time as you need to wait for sunshine ans rain
If you love the result – great – you’re all done. If not, start over with another colour palette and a new set of samples.
Of course it is important to have cute furniture, however, please consider practicality as well. Do have a look at the inside of the wardrobes you are about to purchase to see if the usability suits you or not. Colourwise I would go for a natural shade – white, natural wood or grey, because then you have a lot of freedom to choose your fabrics and accessories – something I discuss in the next 2 steps :) Colourful pieces can be very cool too, just make sure they fit in your colour scheme – or build the colour palette around these statement pieces!
I think it’s ok to buy sets of furniture (2, 3 or 5 pieces that all have the same design) but it’s also a lot of fun to look for the different pieces yourself and pair them up, this is a lot more work tho, so if you are short on time this is probably not what you should be doing.
Please don’t rush the decision because you’re making a long term commitment here and you will spend loads of money – so make sure you purchase the right items. No pressure, just sleep on it before buying.
This is where things can get a little bit tricky because if you start searching on Etsy you can spend hours just browsing and then you might end up with 10 purchases – all very cute, but not really matching each other when put together. Here are some tips how to keep yourself focused:
- Decide whether you want a theme based design or not (a theme would be bunnies, cars or owls, etc.) If not then you can decide either on pattern (clouds & stars, zig-zag, dots, circles, geometrical, etc.) or colour combination (yellow-grey; mint green-white; grey-white-black, etc.)
- Once you’re done with the pattern & colour you can narrow down your search and look for items that will fit into your concept. Stay focused and don’t get carried away by the “similar items” section on the bottom of the page
- Here’s a brief list of what you are looking to match in the room:
- Blinds, curtains, rugs, wallpaper or wall mural / paint colour, cot bed bumper, cot bed fitted sheet, sleeping bags or quilt, changing mat, blankets, throws, storage boxes / bags / laundry bag – all these items should look good when put next to each other so they need to have something in common – their colour, shape, pattern or theme. It’s unlikely that you will find all of these items in one place with similar design, but if you feel that it is hard for you to match fabric designs, it would be a good starting point for you to buy a curtain-blind-rug-cot bed bedding combo with matching design and just add the rest of the things as you discover them
If it helps you can use some tools to visualize the results to help you with your decisions.
Did You Know?
In B&Q they can scan any object and copy the colour to turn it into a matching paint. They can create you a sample pot and save the info, so if you liked the colour you can go back and purchase more of it. This is useful because if you want to match the paint to your curtains or the cot bed or literally anything else – you can do it!
You’ve done the hard work now, this is the most fun part! Just go ahead, explore Instagram and the shops around you and buy those cute little things you want in your nursery. Make sure you got plenty of things to decorate a shelf or two, maybe a few posters to hang, some nice toys for decorating the corner or your rocking chair. Don’t forget to get a comforter for your baby – this looks super cute on the images you will take while they sleep :)
There are countless of Etsy shops too who create beautiful handmade items that will add a unique touch to your nursery – just go and explore, there’s no rush here, you already have everything you “need”, so you can spend time and enjoy browsing the little things that will make your space special and truly yours.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it will help you on your nursery design journey. Please leave a comment if you have a question and don’t forget to share it if you have friends who would enjoy reading this.