Tips for designing a nursery that will grow with your child
One of the many joys of welcoming a new baby is decorating the perfect nursery.
You want every little detail to be just right.
But, let’s face it. Babies grow so fast. Before you know it your infant will be a toddler. Then, all of a sudden you’ll have a preschooler who will have opinions of their own. If you don’t plan accordingly, their nursery, that you so lovingly poured your heart into, can outgrow your child almost as quick as their clothes!
Redesigning and redecorating at each stage of your child’s life can quickly become a daunting expense.
First things first, a nursery doesn’t have to be confined to a blue or pink color scheme. There are many ways to design a nursery that will last beyond diapers. Read on for 8 ways to design the perfect space that can grow with your child.
1. Stick with neutral basics
This includes walls, curtains, rugs, or furniture.
The white furniture and neutral walls in the photo above are classic. These soft colors can work with almost any style of bedding, accessories, or decor that your child may choose over the years.
By keeping your main color scheme neutral you’re left with a soothing palette that’s perfect for either a boy or a girl!
I absolutely love the mix of cool gray and warm beige tones in the photo above. This room is perfect for rocking your sweet baby to sleep.
2. Choose sophisticated colors palettes.
Combine pastel colors with more mature, neutral hues. You could also add in brighter or deeper colors like green, orange, or purple that can suit an older child.
In the room above, I love the unexpected pop of hunter green mixed with a variety of neutrals. It gives the space a sophisticated and soothing feeling.
If you prefer more vibrant colors, the color scheme above mixes brighter blues with yellow and charcoal.
Another classic color combination is yellow and gray which is also a great gender-neutral choice.
If you’re not a fan of gray, a soft blue and yellow color scheme may be just what you’re looking for.
3. Choose convertible furniture.
Nursery furniture is designed for babies. Therefore, it tends to come in miniature sizes that your child is sure to outgrow quickly. Instead, go for regular, full-sized furniture that you won’t have to replace in a few years.
Opt for a traditional dresser with a removable changing station. That way when your baby is out of diapers you can easily remove the changing pad and continue to use the dresser.
These days you can find a variety of cribs that can convert into full-size beds and other sizes along the way. Investing in a convertible crib is a no-brainer. It will last long past the baby and toddler years.
4. Inexpensive accessories
Save money on the small stuff like rugs, pillows, and decorative objects. These are the pieces where you can have fun and create more of a theme! These items should be affordable so they can easily be swapped out as your child’s tastes grow and change.
5. Think storage pieces
Kids come with a lot of stuff. The older they get, the more they collect. Adding storage pieces like trunks, baskets, and bookcases will give you space to tuck away all their toys and books.
6. Stick with classic and timeless patterns
Just because you’re designing for a baby doesn’t mean you have to have animal and cartoon patterns everywhere!
The plaid and geometric patterns in the nursery above are chic and timeless.
The buffalo check curtains and polka dots above are a super sweet combination that won’t feel too juvenile for your growing child.
7. Invest in classic frames
Artwork is something that tends to feel dated very quickly. It’s also a great way to display age-appropriate pieces. For newborns and younger children, you can frame art with animals, cartoons, or other categories that cater to a younger age. As your child grows, you can easily and affordably swap out the artwork in the frame to suit their needs.
8. Create a comfortable reading spot
A reading nook is a perfect spot to rock your newborn to sleep. It’s also a great place for your child to learn how to read and snuggle up with their favorite book as they get older. Create a cozy nook that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Having a glider with a newborn is a must have! However, as the child grows you may not have a need for it. The chair above is a great solution to this problem. It transitions from a glider to a stationary chair by simply swapping out the base.
Wayfair also sells affordable chairs with convertible bases.
Now, you should be well on your way to designing the perfect nursery that has the potential to grow with your child! Happy decorating!