15 Decoration Tips To Make Baby’s Perfect Nursery
When I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to shop for my little guy and decorate his nursery.
There are so many themes to consider, colors to choose from, and organizational and aesthetic elements that go into making your nursery just perfect.
To be honest, it can be a little overwhelming!
Not sure where to start?
Read on to gain 15 decorating tips that will take your space from “meh” to marvelous!
#1. Choose a Style or Theme
When you have a theme for your nursery, it makes picking out bedding and other decor so much easier.
It gives you direction and helps you work with certain colors, prints, and patterns.
A theme or style also gives friends and family members a sense of the types of items they could pick up for you, so that they fit in perfectly with your stuff.
Some of the top themes are color themes (“All Things Pink”), Character Themes (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”), and Aesthetic Themes (“Vintage-Antique”).
#2. Identify a Focal Point
You can choose to make a large window, shelf, or your crib to be the focal point of the room.
Everything else just tends to fall into place around that.
Be sure to make it stand out by dressing it up with color, texture, or prints that draw the eye immediately toward it.
#3. Personalize It
Nurseries become more of a sentimental spot when you add personal elements.
Framed photographs, birth announcements, toys from when you were small—there’s lots of things you can do to make the nursery more homey.
#4. Decorate the Ceiling
Your little one is going to be spending a lot of time in their crib, looking up at the ceiling.
Why not give them something unique or pretty to look at?
Consider painting it a solid tone, designing a mural, or adding some wallpaper for a more textured, unique look.
#5. Add a Glider
A glider is a must in the decorating world.
They not only feel soft and snuggly, they look perfect when positioned in a corner of your room.
Choose one that compliments your color scheme, or that boasts a pop of color and serves as your focal point.
Be sure to place it close to your crib so you don’t have to go far after rocking your baby to sleep and placing them in their crib.
#6. Create a Diapering Station
You can keep everything you need to make diaper changing a snap by organizing all items within a hand's reach by setting up a diaper station.
Some parents opt to use a diaper changing table, while others set up a changing pad on top of a dresser.
Whatever you choose to do, be sure you have plenty of diapers and changing necessities in a storage container or in a drawer so you can access them in a moment’s notice.
#7. Install a Dimmer
Harsh lighting can be rough on your baby’s eyes.
When you install a dimmer, the room looks and feels more warm and inviting.
#8. Baby Proof
Baby proofing is a must!
Be sure to get down on your hands and knees in order to survey the room.
You’ll see what your baby sees when you’re at their level.
This will help you put in outlet covers, secure shelves to the wall, set up gates, and put padding on corners and other pointy places.
#9. Stock Necessities
Your nursery should be set up and ready to go before you bring your baby home from the hospital.
Onesies should be washed and folded. Same goes for blankets, swaddles, and outfits.
Diapers should be set up at your diaper changing station, in addition to other changing and grooming accessories.
#10. Don't Neglect Storage
Take advantage of every nook and cranny!
It’s never a bad thing to be too organized. You can set up drawer organizers, hang shoe organizers in closets (which can hold many little things besides shoes), you can stack containers and boxes up—the sky's the limit.
Oftentimes, moms like their storage solutions to be part of their design scheme, so they skip the plastic containers and opt to use baskets and other decorative fabric storage bins.
#11. Add an Accent Wall
Whether you wallpaper, paint, stencil, shiplap, or wainscot one wall, one thing’s for sure—it’s going to stand out.
Add your focal point with it, and you have one amazing set up!
#12. Avoid Clutter
Yes, babies need a bunch of stuff.
But, you should not make everything visible.
Keep decorative things out, and hide baby items like packages of diapers (most moms remove them from the case and put them in lined baskets), extra sheets, shoes, and other things that come in boxes or packaging.
#13. Add a Baby Chair
Nothing looks more adorable than a pint-sized baby chair in your nursery.
Whether you go the fabric route (you can find a chair that will work with any theme or color you choose), or opt for the traditional wooden rocking chair, it helps make the nursery feel more like a baby’s special space.
#14. Plug-In Nightlight
Outlet covers are a necessity but they can look ugly and gawdy.
Why not fill up some of these spaces with night lights?
They are definitely needed and come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors.
#15. Create a Play Area
If you have a lot of space to work with, you should consider setting up a play area in the nursery.
Many parents set up a teepee, a functional play rug, bookshelves, and a toy box so when their baby starts to get older, the space is already designed for imaginative play.
Ready to start decorating?
Consider these ten tips to help you transform your baby’s room into the nursery of your dreams!