October 4th, 2016

Create a Nursery That Mother & Baby Will Love


Creating the perfect nursery can be tricky since it must serve a myriad of functions. A newborn won’t care a wit about the decor, but you’ll be spending a lot of time within these walls. With a little planning, you can make that time more enjoyable. To help you make the most of your baby’s room, follow these simple tips:

Start with measurements.

This goes for decorating any space, but especially a nursery. The furniture store will gladly sell you a five-piece set — even if you only have space for a crib. Have your measurements handy so you know what will fit before you make a purchase.

Stick with a color story.

Having a set color palette will help you make all your purchasing decisions. Pick one, or at most three coordinating colors and stick to them. No matter how much you may try to avoid the rainbow assault on the eyes, you will eventually succumb and/or receive gifts that don’t work with your color palette, but having a coordinated canvas to start on will make all the difference. Don’t be limited by traditional baby pastel palettes. The nursery is the perfect place to go bold with color.

Avoid clutter.

It’s tempting to go overboard with every gadget available, but chances are you won’t need most of it after you get the hang of this parenting thing. Before the baby arrives, set yourself up with the basics. You can always buy new gadgets later on. Keeping your nursery free of extra items will make it feel more comfortable and calming (even if the little one is wailing).

Lighting, or lack thereof.

Consider how you plan to use this room, and plan accordingly. Will you lay your baby down for daytime naps in here? Do you hope your child will sleep past dawn’s early light? If so, you’ll want to invest in window treatments with blackout lining to make it as dark as possible inside. You can thank me later! And then consider how you plan to use this room in the evening and early morning hours. Task lighting in the form of a low wattage lamp is a great addition to help light the way during middle-of-the-night diaper changes and bedtime stories. No room for task lighting? Try a dimmer for your overhead lights instead.

Think soft landings.

Did I mention you’ll be spending a lot of time in here? You’ll want somewhere to sit that’s comfortable. Don’t feel limited to select a baby glider, you can just as easily use any upholstered chair, love seat or sofa. If you plan on spending daytime hours in here as well, a comfortable spot to lay your baby down is also a great idea.

Plan for storage.

Depending upon the type of fashionista you plan on raising, you probably won’t need much storage at all. A small closet and dresser are more than enough for most children. You can get away with even less if you’re more selective in what you purchase. That said, there is one storage tip that is often overlooked and that’s for books! While you may only have a handful when the baby is born, books multiply like rabbits. Those baby books don’t go away for a long time either as you’ll likely keep them around for when your preschooler is learning to read. Have more space than you think you’ll need and you’ll make your life much easier.

Pick paint colors last.

This may be counter-intuitive, but trust me. There are endless paint colors available, while the selection of furniture, rugs and decor are much more limited. Once you know what fabrics and furniture you’re going to have, selecting a paint color will be a breeze.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.