9 Nursery Design Tips from Our Experts
For first time parents, designing a nursery can be an overwhelming process. From picking a theme to the finishing touches, there’s a lot that goes into baby room design. Luckily, the professional designers at Miya Interiors have developed a guide full of tips to make nursery design a breeze. Keep reading to learn how to create a space that both you and your baby will love.
How to Design the Perfect Nursery
Tip #1: Start with a Theme
The theme of your nursery sets the tone for the entire space. It’s also the quickest way to determine your design choices; everything from furniture design to accessories. While you shouldn’t feel confined to a single style or theme, deciding on a specific idea is a great way to simplify the nursery design process.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to nursery design ideas. From animal or travel themes to contemporary or traditional themes, you can’t go wrong! A color palette can be a theme, too. If you’re still looking for some nursery theme inspiration, Pinterest is the perfect place to start.
Most importantly, pick a theme that you love. Yes, the nursery is technically the baby’s room, but you should love it too!
Tip #2: Pick a Color Scheme
The next step to creating a magazine cover-worthy nursery is selecting the perfect color scheme. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to do a nursery palette correctly. We personally love color schemes that showcase personality. Lavender wall paint? Sure! Ocean blue ceiling? Why not! Patterned wallpaper? Even better!
If the thought of painting your space is overwhelming, don’t sweat it! Leave the walls in their shade of eggshell white and use your décor to show off your color scheme. From throw blankets on the rocking chair to colorful artwork on the walls, let the room’s accessories highlight your chosen palette.
Much like the theme you select, your nursery color scheme is more for you than your baby. Regardless of your paint color of choice, ensure that it’s something you enjoy.
Tip #3: Choose a Focal Point
When you imagine the focal point of the nursery, the crib is probably the first thing that pops into your mind. However, you can turn other aspects of your space into a focal point that will dazzle anyone who sees it. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional “crib centerpiece”, try showcasing a large window, a painted dresser, or a particularly unique painting instead.
Tip #4: Consider the Basics
It’s easy to get caught up in the small things when you start decorating the nursery, but it’s important to come back to the basics so you ensure the most important things are there. We like to focus on the 3 basics: a crib, a changing table, and a rocking chair. That way, you have a space for your newborn’s everyday necessities: sleep, clothing, and feeding. Selecting the basics first lets you better visualize the nursery, allowing you to identify where the small things can fit in later on.
Tip #5: Babyproofing
An oft forgotten aspect of nursery design is babyproofing. While your baby may not be on the move for a few months, it will happen sooner than you think. It’s best to be prepared for a busy toddler as early as possible. Take care to tuck away cords out of eyesight, cover the outlets, and identify any furniture that could pose a threat to your little one.
Tip #6: Get Innovative with Storage
Every parent knows that babies come with a lot of stuff. From clothes & diapers to burp cloths & stuffed animals, organizing your baby’s things can become a full-time job if you don’t have the proper storage. Luckily, getting creative with storage is simpler than you may think. In fact, you can store many of your baby’s items out in the open. Not only are open shelves and cube bookcases trending right now, they’re easy to organize.
Tip #7: Dress the Windows
The windows might be one of the last things you think about when designing your nursery — but they certainly shouldn’t be. Dressing your windows can make all the difference in your space, adding a unique flare without taking it over-the-top.
That’s not all, though. Dressing your windows is also great for your baby, encouraging better sleep with less distractions. Because babies sleep more soundly when surrounded by darkness, we recommend investing in high-quality curtains that can mimic nighttime darkness whether it’s 2PM or 10PM. Heavy curtains and blackout shades are not only one of the best ways to help your baby sleep, they also assist in controlling your nursery’s temperature, keeping your baby cool even through the hottest months of summer.
Tip #8: Decorate
As interior designers, our favorite step of nursery design is decorating. Putting the finishing touches on a space doesn’t just tie everything together, it allows you to put your unique stamp on your baby’s room. Bring your space to life with décor that goes with your theme, holds personal significance to you or your family, or that accentuates your 3 basics.
Our best advice when it comes to decorating is to be strategic. You don’t need to buy every nursery accessory you see. In fact, you can be pretty minimal with your nursery décor and leave room to add adornments later on. Try concentrating your décor on your focal point, and other areas where you’d like to draw the eye. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of empty space if the eye is being drawn elsewhere!
Tip #9: Get a Head Start
Our best advice when it comes to baby room design? Get a head start! Don’t wait until the last minute to buy a crib, paint the walls, or select a theme. Best practice in interior design is to prepare early, giving you some breathing room in case you run into a few bumps along the way.
If you’re ready to get a head start on your nursery, contact us at Miya Interiors, Utah’s premier interior design firm. Whether you’re looking to remodel an existing nursery, or innovate a new one altogether, we will assist you through every step of the process to design the nursery of your dreams. Welcome your little one home with the perfect nursery interior design from Miya Interiors. Contact us today to get started.