Getting ready to welcome baby? Congratulations! Exciting times ahead! Let’s jump right in and start by giving you a super important tip – whether you’re designing a nursery yourself or you’re leaving it up to the pros, make sure that this special space makes you feel safe and is a relaxing place where you will eagerly spend lots of time with your little one.
Begin by asking yourself what kind of feel you want the nursery to have. Do you want to be vibrant and playful? Calm and soothing? Once you determine the vibe, check out our Bdesign go-to guide which will help you get started.
Update: Check out Bea’s interview on ONE Play at the bottom of this post for even more tips!
1. The Crib
The crib should be your investment piece in your little one’s room. You may be thinking this is a temporary item and not worth the expense, however, any experienced parent or guardian will tell you that many kids sleep in their cribs for three or more years.
Design Tip We’d recommend investing in a crib which converts into a toddler bed and if you plan on having more kids, keep it gender neutral.
2. The Changing Table
You have two options here, a freestanding changing table or a changing pad that can be added on top of a dresser. Either will work, it’s really all about space and your personal preferences.
Design Tip Use bins or dresser drawers to store any and all diapering related items like diapers, wipes, change of clothes, lotions and other essentials. Also, be sure to keep some baby toys next to your changing station so baby has something to play with while you take care of business.
3. The Nursery chair
Trust us,a great nursery chair is gold, you’ll soon find out for yourself! Keep in mind that you’ll be sitting on your chair to rock your baby to sleep, feed them, read to them, laugh with them, cuddle with them, maybe even share a good cry at 4am with them. In short, it’ll be a place of a lot of parent-baby bonding. So, choose your chair wisely.
Design Tip Consider a rocking chair or glider. The movement will help lull you both to sleep. Look for a fabric that cleans easily and holds up to a lot of use. Have some extra space? Add a small bookcase next to the chair for bedtime stories. Be extra smart and choose one with a flat top so you have a place to set a bottle of water, your camera and any other essentials you might need while held captive in the rocking chair by your little one.
4. Storage, lots and lots of storage
Your tiny baby needs loads of space. Toys, diapers, books, clothes, accessories all need to go somewhere right? Consider wall shelves near your changing table for supplies that need to stay out of baby’s reach like lotions, thermometers, nail clippers, and so on. Hanging closet storage is a perfect idea while a few hanging organizers can store a ton of gear now and be re-purposed for toys, art supplies and games later.
Design Tip Choose storage that fits your needs today and tomorrow. Open bin storage is great for blankets and gear when your baby is small, and can easily transition into a toy box as they get bigger.
Now roll up your sleeves and let’s get decorating! Now that you have most of the functional pieces of your nursery, you can get to work really decorating the space. Here are three essentials you’ll want to invest in.
A rug adds a lot of personality to the space. If you have wood flooring, opt for plush wool or shag rug. It’ll cushion baby as they learn to sit, crawl and walk. If you have carpet, opt for a flat weave construction. It will add colour to the space without any additional bulk.
2. The Wall Paper
Wallpaper is another way to give your nursery personality. Many children’s wallpapers are bold and busy, so don’t feel obliged to use one on all four walls if it’s going to look overwhelming or make the room feel too small. Instead, try hanging it on a single wall or perhaps two. We love adding wall stickers because they’re easy to use add interest to children’s rooms, and are easy to remove when they tire of the design.
3. The Curtains
Curtains are a very important part of the nursery design since you’ll likely want your baby to sleep a bit in the middle of the day. Be sure to use a blackout shade or choose curtains with a built-in blackout liner in this way you can darken the room at nap-time.
Still not sure? Bdesign to the rescue
Designing a nursery is making you a tad anxious and you’re not sure where to start? Founder of BDesign, Bea has a 3 step process works like a charm. The truth is, nothing beats having a designer in your corner. Give us a ring, drop us a line or chat with us on our socials FB or Instagram and we’ll organise a meeting to explain our simple three step process:
- Step 1 – Consultation – establishing your time-frames, preferred style and budget for your room.
- Step 2 – Purchasing – visiting our recommended outlets, confirming delivery dates, planning installation
- Step 3 – Design – bringing it all together, adding unique personal touches and items to make your child’s room as great as it looks on paper.
Here’s why we recommend Rimobel The unique, space-saving modular elements of the Rimobel bedroom furniture range are designed to work with each other so you can combine the look and theme throughout the room. The colours, sizes and styles are all customizable and can be designed to fit in your child’s room.
(The Bdesign Team would like to thank RLiving for inspiring us to create this content)
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