05.16.19 | Home Interior Design
What to Consider When Designing a Nursery
Great news…you’re having a baby! This is such an exciting time, but there’s also so much to do and think about.
Nine months might seem like a long time, but it goes by quickly, especially when you consider all that needs to be done during that period, especially in your home interior design.
One of the most fun things to do during your pregnancy is planning, designing and setting up the nursery. However, it can also become one of the more challenging and stressful if you don’t approach it properly.
You want everything to be perfect for your little one. You want it to be cute, clean and fun. You want it to incorporate colors that create a calm and peaceful sensation. Of course you want to be sure safety is considered at every turn, and you want furniture that not only enhances the room’s home interior design but also its functionality.
There are other factors as well, but this is enough to stress you out for now.
So, how does one design home interior design perfection, anyway?
No pressure, right?
The most foolproof and efficient way to deliver the dream home interior design for your baby room is to hire a professional designer that has experience in these spaces and who can show you a portfolio of their work. This will allow you to move forward with confidence, knowing that the pressure-packed process is in good hands, and letting you focus on the countless other responsibilities you have to address in the coming months.
If you’re not interested in hiring a designer to help with your nursery, you can certainly do it yourself. But, again, to minimize frustration and maximize your (and your baby’s) satisfaction, be sure you have a plan for your home interior design.
Here are five things you’ll want to keep in mind as you begin planning and designing your nursery. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful.
Have a vision
Striving for perfection can be overwhelming. To help simplify the process, get organized and create a plan. You can write notes or even sketch out ideas for your nursery home interior design.
The best way to get started is to decide and define what you’re looking to do. More specifically, what style are you looking to incorporate into your nursery?
Many times, parents-to-be will have a specific theme in mind, and they are able to build toward that. While that certainly helps get started and makes things a bit easier, having a theme is obviously not necessary.
However, if you do not have a theme, you should, at the very least, have a feel for colors, patterns, décor, etc. In other words, you need to have a vision for the home interior design.
Again, working with an experienced interior designer helps communicate the vision, regardless of how vague it may be, and translate it into an actual room. That being said, commit to a vision. This makes it possible to understand what the next steps will be in order to create your nursery.
Know what you’re designing around
For best aesthetic appeal and proper balance, a room should have a primary focal point, meaning there should be an element in the room in which everything else is built and designed around.
Whether it be the crib, a dresser, a chair, a rug, or another piece of furniture, there must be something that is dominant in the room. It’s where the eye should be drawn and what sets the tone and mood for the rest of the room. It can even be a large piece of art or wall décor.
Finding such a centerpiece can prove tedious, but it will make the rest of the process a bit easier, as everything else added to the room should serve as a compliment to it. Having inspiration and something to build around is key to a successful design and will help keep you on the right path toward achieving your vision in your home interior design.
Don’t forget functionality
This is an extremely important step and one that is often overlooked. So much attention is paid to making the room look perfect, that people forget that the nursery is not a showroom but must also serve a purpose.
This is where your baby will eventually sleep and play, but it is also where you will change your little ones diapers and dress him or her. A nursery is also where, as the name suggests, where you will nurse your baby.
Therefore, your glider or nursing chair should be in a comfortable location and the changing table should be easily accessible, with items such as diapers, wipes and lotions being convenient to reach and dispose of. Cleanliness is essential, especially since your baby will be spending a tremendous amount of time in the nursery and they are susceptible to germs.
Also, make sure there is enough room for storage. If this is your first baby, you’ll be amazed at how much stuff you will accumulate. To avoid this turning into clutter that gets in the way and also turns the nursery into an eyesore, add plenty of space to store these items.
Your baby will grow…QUICKLY!
When you are designing the nursery, don’t do so with the notion that your little one will be tiny for long. Babies grow quickly, and you need to be sure that the room can accommodate such growth in the home interior design of your nursery.
To avoid frequent and major changes, design a nursery that is comfortable, convenient and cute, but that can be added to without much effort or difficulty. You don’t want the room to suddenly become cramped.
Before you know it, your baby will be pulling him or herself up and, soon after, crawling. Leave enough room for them to be mobile, and to maneuver safely.
Babies sleep a lot, and it is vital that your nursery is conducive to such behavior. It is wise to have a window treatment will full black-out capabilities.
Unlike adults who primarily sleep at night (after dark), other than the occasional mid-day nap (if you’re lucky), babies must sleep during the day as well. Making the room as dark as possible will not only help your little one fall asleep, but with give them a deeper sleep that lasts longer.
There are far more things you should take into account when planning a nursery. If you’re able, reach out to an interior designer for a consultation. There is no doubt you will find it helpful.
Lastly, whether you decide to hire a designer or design your own nursery, get it done early. Remember, time is not on your side and nine months will fly by. Also, the closer you get to your due date, the less energy you will have. You will also be more uncomfortable. Both of these sensations will make it more difficult to create the perfect home interior design space for your newborn.