Nursery Planning Tips

Planning for your baby’s nursery can be one of the most fun projects as you prepare for your little one’s arrival. It’s a room that lets you be creative and put your own personal touch on things. Before you dive into the shopping and crafting, there are a few things you need to know to help you prepare to make the space perfect.

Michelle Freedberg, from the children’s furniture store, Bellini, shares with us her tips on what you need to know before you start on baby’s nursery.

Know Your Space

I know this may sound silly but measure your room before you shop. It is painful to fall in love with a crib, glider or changer that simply won’t fit. A great measuring trick is to layout newspaper in the space where you want your furniture to be so you get a good feel for depth. Make sure in the city to go up instead of out. Tall, skinny pieces or even lots of wall shelving help to maximize space.

Plan Ahead: Nursery shopping can be so overwhelming for some expecting parents, especially if you don’t know the sex of your child so it’s so important to think it through before you begin to shop. Meaning ask yourselves a couple of crucial questions.

1. Is this furniture going to be used for multiple children or will this child be keeping this furniture for the long haul

2. Will we be moving soon?

3. Do we want gender specific furniture/decor?

4. Are we combining this furniture with other furniture that already exists in the room?

Answering these simple questions will allow you to stay the course and think long term so you can narrow down your choices.

Get Inspired, But Not Too Inspired

Now there are so many wonderful design blogs that give you access to so many pictures of nurseries and ideas you may not have thought of yourself. Spend time on these blogs to get a good range of what you are looking for and make a pinterest or olio design board that you can bring with you when you are shopping. However, you want to stay original so make sure not to get too tied in to anyone concept or design.

Have a Great Starting Off Point Sometimes its really helpful to have one element that you center the room around. For example a wallpaper you fell in love with, or a fabric that you want to use on the window treatments. Having that starting off point makes planning the rest of the room more targeted. It keeps you on track with a color scheme and over all tone of the of the design.

Paint it for a Statement

It is much much harder to find a fabric or a rug to match a paint then it is to find a paint to match a fabric. So remember to always pick paint colors last. Get creative with paint, broad stripes, stencils or even painting the ceiling another tone can be inexpensive ways to get a great custom look without investing in wallpaper (especially if your apartment is more temporary).