Baby Nursery Decorating Ideas

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A baby nursery is so much more than a room for your baby is a unique room for any home. When decorating the nursery, you are essentially decorating a room for your baby and for yourself since you'll be spending a lot of time in there as well. It is important to decorate a nursery to suit both the baby's needs and your needs. Create a comfortable environment, with soft colors and décor that is soothing to both you and the baby. Room space and furniture are also key elements of your nursery decorating, so make sure you are well prepared and plan ahead.

Colors for a Baby Boy and Girl

While there are the traditional color schemes of soft baby blues and pinks, neutral colors like tan and light grays might work well for decorating a nursery that isn't gender specific. This might be a viable option if you plan on using the nursery again for your next baby, or if you don't plan on finding out the baby's sex until he or she is born. Other popular colors that are gender specific are green, white and yellow. Here are some ideas if you plan on steering away from pink or baby blue colors in your nursery:

  • Avoid colors that are too bright or vibrant. You want to create a soothing, comfortable atmosphere.
  • Pastels work well in a nursery, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding furniture and décor.
  • If you wish to utilize bold or vibrant colors, use them sparingly, like on borders or accents on a floor rug.
  • Try using different types of whites like ivory, or off-white to make a boring, neutral color more appealing.

Nursery Furniture

A rocker and crib are obvious furniture items for any nursery, but what else do you need to make the room feel complete? Here is a nursery furniture checklist:

  • Crib, bassinet or cradle: for the baby to sleep in.
  • Dresser: to store the baby's clothes, diapers and other belongings.
  • Changing table: so you have a place to change dirty diapers.
  • Hamper: for the baby's dirty clothes, bibs and towels.
  • Glider or rocking chair: good for feeding or rocking your baby to sleep.
  • Bookcase: a place to keep the books and reading material you wish to read to your baby.
  • Lamp: nice and simple for one of the most complicated rooms in your home.
  • Baby mobile: to keep the baby entertained.
  • Clock: will help you keep track of feeding times and sleeping patterns.
  • Diaper pail: for the messy diapers.
  • Foot rest or ottoman: because sometimes you want to kick your feet up as you're holding your baby. Some gliders and rocking chairs come with an ottoman.

Space Saving Ideas

Start thinking of ways to save space in your baby's nursery before it's too late. A common mistake is to come home with a truck full of baby furniture, decorations and accessories, and realize it is physically impossible to fit an entire baby depot in a tiny nursery. It's always good to be prepared and well-equipped, but you have to think about the space you are working with.

If you've done everything you can to trim your baby shopping list, but find you still don't have enough space, fear not! Again, being well-equipped for every situation is always a good thing. Here are some ideas to help you maximize your nursery space for you and your baby:

  • Multi-functional furniture: Instead of buying a dresser and a separate changing table, why not look for something that serves both purposes. Dressers with a changing table attached on the top are quite common, and will save you some needed space.
  • Smart shelving: You can create more space by utilizing your empty walls and corners. A wall shelf can be used as a replacement for a bookshelf. Corner shelves can hold miscellaneous baby items and essentials. If you need even more space, install an extra shelf or two in your nursery closet.
  • Convert the closet: If there is absolutely no room for the family's baby armoire passed down from one generation to the next, try converting the nursery closet to have more open space. By disassembling the closet, you will have more floor space in your nursery. When the room no longer needs to be used as a nursery, you can re-install the closet for normal use.

Nursery Decorating Ideas

There are a wide array of options and decorative themes you can use in your nursery. Here is a list of nursery areas where you can utilize those themes of your décor:

  • Nursery walls, ceiling and floor: Paint, wall paper and floor rugs can be used to create a color scheme or to complement a decorative theme.
  • Furniture: Nursery furniture comes in a wide array of colors, and decorative themes. If you are having trouble matching a particular piece, just remember some paint and stickers can go a long way.
  • Window treatments: Curtains and blinds are a must in a baby nursery. While natural light is a good thing in a nursery, you also want to shield your baby from the harmful rays of the sun. Take advantage of the window treatments and decorate them to match the nursery theme or color scheme.
  • Covers: Pillow covers, blankets and bedding are in abundance in a baby nursery. Decorate them to match the rest of the nursery's décor. Lamp shades and crib covers are also decorative areas you can utilize to complement the rest of the nursery.

The nursery decorations and themes available for expecting parents are endless. Stuffed animals, floating clouds, pink walls for girls, blue beds for boys, flower wallpaper, alphabet wall blocks, zoo animal stickers and a giant wall mural of a tree filled with leaves and branches that stretch out to the ceiling. Those are just a few ideas you can use to decorate your baby nursery. Try selecting themes and decorative elements that you can enjoy. No matter what you decide on, your baby will still love you.

Last Updated: January 20, 2012

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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for IdealHomeGarden.com, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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