Nursery Design 101

Before you start decorating that nursery space, think ahead a few years. What will your child like at age four or ten? Chances are they won’t adore the baby elephant wallpaper you're planning to use. If you want to save money and time later on, create a nursery that grows with your child at any age of life. You can do that easily on any budget, keeping only a few things in mind. Think Beyond Traditional Colors Stop thinking blue for boys and pink for girls. You can choose colors beyond these that work nicely, and are easy to accessorize. Consider yellows, greens, even neutrals such as white or beige. Neutrals pair nicely with bright colors, and you can decorate a number of ways with them. Teens often love bright colors in their room, so you may not even have to paint for several years, if at all. If you love pastels, you can have them as accent colors, rather than dominating the entire room's color scheme. Wallpaper is not the Only Option Use fabrics that tie well to your theme, instead of wallpaper. Wallpaper can be expensive and time consuming to use both in application and removal. Think cabana stripes for a beach theme, or a lush green rug for a frog theme. You don't want to buy that large set of matching frog-themed nursery items, only to have to get rid of them when your child grows up. Use pieces that are stylish and can stay as your child ages. Choose Simple Bedding Options Baby bedding can be especially cute, and you'll probably want to outfit your child's bed in a matching set. However, you only really need sheets and a mattress for your baby's crib. Pediatricians advise against using bumpers, blankets and pillows in cribs, as this increases the risk of SIDS. Save yourself the worry and cash by investing in a few sheet sets plus a mattress cover. Buy Versatile Furniture Why buy a tiny children's bookshelf now, when you can buy a larger bookshelf or shelving unit for the nursery? It can serve as a diaper storage space when your child is young and eventually store books and media later. You can also buy a convertible crib, which can convert from a crib to a toddler bed, to a regular-sized bed or headboard as children grow. Your changing table can also double as a dresser later, if you choose an appropriately-sized piece. Having a nursery that grows with your child has many benefits. When your child is old enough to voice his or her own opinion, the simple and versatile pieces you use will find new uses. They can easily be painted, decorated or given new life in your home. Hardware on cabinets and dressers can be swapped out with kid-approved options the two of you will have fun picking out together. Remember, the nursery isn't your baby's space, it's your child's space, and with some careful planning, you can make it suit any age.


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