February 22nd, 2013

Baby Girl Nursery Ideas: 4 Planning Tips

Hearing the words “It looks like it’s a girl!” from the ultrasound technician was an exciting moment in my life. We already had a wonderful son, and I knew that a daughter would make our family of four complete.

After deciding that we would indeed name her Emma Catherine (the name I had picked out for a daughter when I was 7 years old!), and that she would begin ballet as soon as she turned 2 years old (I was a long time dancer), I turned my attention to my baby girl nursery ideas. It was important to me to make her room as calm and serene as possible. I obviously wanted to give it a feminine touch, but I didn’t want to go overboard and paint the walls pink. I put a lot of thought into it, and two years and a half years later, I’m still thrilled with the way it came out.

If you are getting ready to put together a nursery design for your baby girl, I offer you four baby girl nursery ideas.

1. Consider a color palette that will grow with her.

I’m a big fan of bold color schemes, but I didn’t want to go that route for my sweet baby. Instead, I chose a neutral color palette that included touches of pink. A child spends very little time in a nursery before the room transforms into a “Big Kid” room, so I wanted to make that transition as easy as possible.

We added chair rail molding around the room and painted the top of the walls in a warm white and the bottom of the walls in a soft greige. When she is ready to leave the crib (which will be very soon now), we’ll replace the nursery furniture with something more fun and boldly painted. Whatever colors we decide to use in the room, the current wall color will be able to stay in place.

2. Choose at least one bold element.

Because I kept the nursery color palette of Emma’s room so neutral, I wanted to add a showstopper piece. Enter the bed crown. I found a vintage mantle at an antique store and added fabric to it so that it drapes over the bed. It was easy to put together, but it makes a huge statement in her room. The tutorial for this piece is available here.

3. Organize the space.

When it came time for the inevitable 3 am feedings and diaper changes, I knew that I had to have everything in place so that my bleary eyed husband could help. In times like these, labeled bins are your friends. I bought some chalkboard fabric at a local craft store and made these labels for the changing table bins. Because they are made from chalkboard fabric, I could easily write and erase the labels using chalk. The tutorial for my labels is available here. I even made a few to label some bins in the closet, so that when I said, “Tom, could you go grab another sleeper for her?” he would know exactly where to find it. As I said before, Emma wasn’t our first baby, so we’d already been down this road.

4. Add personal touches.

I wanted to make sure that Emma’s new space reflected us as a family. I was lucky to have many vintage items from both sides of our family, such as the clothes my mother wore as an infant and a framed photograph of my infant father-in-law posing with his mother. I framed a few of the old pieces of clothing and hung some more on a peg shelf. The pink dress was the dress Emma wore home from the hospital, so I loved combining the old with the new for a more collected feel for the room.

Whatever theme or color scheme you choose for your baby girl’s nursery design, don’t feel like you have to go out and buy an entire crib bedding set from a big box store. With some thought and creativity, you can create a room that will be one-of-a-kind, just like your new baby daughter.

For more of my thoughts and tips on creating a nursery, watch this fun video I made with Glidden. Click on the image below to see the video.