What to Expect When You’re Expecting: 5 Top Tips on Decorating a Nursery

Are you adding another member to the family?

Decorating a nursery is a big task, and if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re not alone.

Here’s all the information you’ll need on decorating a nursery, so it’s both stylish and safe:

1. Find Inspiration / Mood Board

Pinterest is the perfect place to start if you’re looking for inspiration when decorating a nursery.

Create different boards for broad concepts, like color, theme, or style, but don’t forget to pin those super cute tiny details.

Sometimes all it takes is one pin, of something as simple as an art print, a swatch of wallpaper, or a children’s book, to inspire an entire nursery.

When you have your final overall theme, and color palette picked out, create a final Pinterest/mood board to use as your visual summary and guide of your nursery concept.

2. Buy the Basics

Start with the crib and other large furniture pieces, like the rocker and changing table. When you buy the furniture first, you allow for better visualization of your nursery. Doing this also helps map out the layout of your baby’s room and give you an idea of how each space will be used.

Your furniture will act as the bones and foundation of the room and help you make those first major decorating decisions.

3. Dress Your Space

After you’ve painted your walls or added the wallpaper of your choosing, bring the furniture back in because it’s time to bring your project to life!

Decorating a nursery is not all about adorable nursery and baby swag; it’s about how you use it.

It’s crucial you make your nursery just as functional as it is stylish. Instead of trying to pack every inch of available space with decor, try focusing your decorations in key areas.

Concentrated groupings of accessories and decor draw the eye, putting the focus where you want it to go. Begin with your primary focal point of the room, and move on from there.

Having several minor points of focus around the room with plenty of breathing space in between is the key to a Pinterest-worthy nursery.

4. Create Storage

As you get closer to your due date and the purchases and gifts start rolling in, you’ll see that babies take up a lot of space.

There is no such thing as too much storage space, especially when it comes to decorating a nursery.

Blankets, burp cloths, baby bibs, clothes, Baby bibs, blankets, and baby gear take up more space than you think.

You can never have enough storage, whether it’s shelving, maximizing closet space, or dual-purposed furniture like an ottoman that can store children’s books.

5. Get Ready For Baby’s Arrival

Now that your nursery is finally starting to come together, take this time to shift gears and start thinking about its little occupant. It is their room, after all.

Is the nursery stocked up on nursery essentials, like diapers and wipes? Are all of your new baby items removed from their packaging? Are the items placed somewhere you can easily find it when you’ll need it?

If the answer is no, you may need to do a little more organizing before your baby’s arrival.

Baby Proofing

One of the most important ways to prepare your nursery for your baby’s arrival is by baby proofing.

When we think about how to decorate a baby nursery, baby proofing may not be one of the first things that pop into our heads.

It is essential for your baby’s safety that you make sure their room is as safe as possible. To start, we suggest making sure the electrical outlets all have covers, and sharp corners have baby proofing foam.

Dangerous Decorating Mistakes

Sometimes, in our rush to make everything look Pinterest-worthy before the baby’s arrival, we end up sacrificing a safe baby nursery for a stylish one.

Make your baby’s safety the number one priority by looking out for and avoiding these dangerous decorating mistakes.

Harmful Chemicals

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mattresses, new furniture, rugs, and even carpets can contain many of the same VOCs, volatile organic compounds,  found in paint.

Over time, these chemicals evaporate. Early on, they still have fumes that can be harmful to your baby.

Make sure you get started on your nursery early. You want there to be plenty of time for any new and chemical-laden pieces of furniture or decor to air out before you introduce them to your baby.

Heavy Hanging Accessories

Decorating a nursery with heavy wall hangings could be dangerous, even if they are installed properly.

Instead, try using vinyl wall decals instead or lightweight canvas art.

A good rule to follow is never hang anything directly above the baby’s crib that could fall and injure them.

Unsafe Furniture

While using a family heirloom or a vintage find may sound like a good idea and look beautiful, we recommend against it.

Many of these vintage and antique items, especially bassinets and cribs, do not meet modern safety standards.

If you have your heart set on a vintage item or if buying brand new is just not in the budget, take a look at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. There, you can learn more about what to look for when choosing an older crib.

Choosing Fashion Over Function

Sometimes common sense abandons us, especially when we’re doing something emotional like decorating our baby’s bedroom for the first time.

Before calling your masterpiece complete, step back, and take a moment to think about the functionality of the room.

While the crib may look perfect right in front of the window, ask yourself if that’s the safest spot for your baby.

Will the lovely curtains you chose block out enough sunlight as well as protect your little one from overheating during naps in the afternoon?

Functionality is the most essential aspect to consider when decorating a nursery.

Decorating a Nursery

If you’re adding another member to the family, first of all, congratulations!

When it comes to decorating a nursery, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. We hope you found our top 5 tips for a stylish and safe nursery helpful!

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