Before you begin decorating any nursery or child’s room, it is a good idea to make a plan. What type of furniture are you interested in – furniture that will grow with your child through high school, or furniture that will serve your immediate needs and can be remodeled at least once during childhood? A standard baby crib, bassinet, or cradle are wonderful options for a nursery, but will need to be replaced by different furniture as your child grows. A convertible or lifetime crib will covert into a twin or full sized bed so that you can keep your existing furniture through the years. Determine where in the room the furniture will be placed and how much space you have to work with. That will make it easier to determine the rest of the decor. For a small room, it may help to paint the walls in a light color and choose furniture in light colors to help give the illusion of space. For a large room, warm tones or printed wallpaper will make the room seem cozier.
Furniture essentials for a nursery include a crib or bed for a place to sleep; a changing table/dresser or armoire for clothing and storage space; and a glider or rocking chair for a comfortable place to nurse the baby during late-night feedings. Once these basics are in place, you are free to accessorize the nursery around them. Create the look and feel of your baby’s room by choosing wall paint colors, a bedding set, a rug, or other items with a theme or feeling you would like to build upon. You can create a nursery that fits seamlessly into the rest of your home, or a fun room that is a change from your everyday decor. Try to stay fresh by minimizing clutter and drawing the eye upward or outward using creative lighting or wall art. Accessories such as mobiles, lamps, and wall appliqués can be used to carry your chosen theme throughout the room and create visual interest.
Branching out from the basics, a child’s room also needs play space and work space to truly last through the years. Consider an area rug in fun design to differentiate a play area from the rest of the room. Place toy boxes or play sets on this space to encourage kids to keep their mess contained. A desk or table and chair set can be a great addition to a child’s room to serve homework needs as well as a place to color, draw, and create. A bookcase can be used for work or play; store books as well as toys in storage baskets on the shelves of this versatile piece. Providing your child with work and play spaces can help keep her organized, and make it easier to settle down and concentrate on homework in a designated area.
A girl’s bedroom can of course contain accessories fit for a princess – a bed canopy or poster bed can instantly transform any room into a fairytale. Consider a table and chairs for tea parties, beautiful chandeliers or wall sconces, or fanciful wall pegs or wall art to add finishing touches. For a boy’s room, consider accessories that will empower him and awaken the imagination – a teepee can be a fun indoor playhouse he will get endless use out of! A toy chest can make him feel like a pirate captain, and a small table he can play and create on will serve him well.
Decorating a child’s room or nursery can be a daunting task, but with careful planning you can easily design the room of yours and your child’s dreams! Simple furniture choices, a coherent design plan, and accessories to extend your theme will work wonders to transform any room into the perfect designer nursery!