Designing a room for your little one is an exciting part of the pregnancy experience. But it can also be totally and completely overwhelming. When a client comes to me, my main goal is to eliminate any overwhelm associated with redecorating and give them clear and detailed plans to get from before to after!
Creating a Modern Neutral Nursery
The design intent for this project was to create a chic, monochromatic nursery that could easily be used for a little boy or girl. Another really important factor for this new mom was to make sure the space had the ability to ‘grow-up’ with her baby so that in a few years she wasn’t required to completely re-do everything. My top nursery design tip:
Design a Room That Can Grow With Your Baby
The client came to me with their existing crib and change table, but was in need of everything else. The room was extremely rectangular so putting a crib up against the only blank wall left the rest of the space feeling oblong and deserted.
After playing around with a few layouts, I suggested using both a sofa and a rocker to not only visually balance the space, but also (and most importantly) provide a tired new mom multiple places to relax with baby.
The selection of the black and white rocker from Pottery Barn Kids (though it was more expensive than we were hoping to spend) was the perfect choice. It didn’t feel baby-ish at all, and was a piece that could easily migrate to another room in their home when the time came.
One of my favorite parts about this project was the black trim we added to the ceiling. It is such a simple yet unexpected element that adds another level of detail to the room.
Small added details — like the tassel trim on curtains and the gold finial curtain hardware — make the space feel thoughtfully layered and mature yet still playful enough to work in a kid’s room.
Everything in Its Place
Of course on top of looking pretty, the space has to function for the needs of a new baby. That means thoughtfully placed storage and comfy places to relax with baby.
The space designated for the changing table was minimal, so we maximized storage by adding a picture rail between changing pad and mirror. This will function as an easy-to-reach spot to store cream, cotton balls and wipes.
Designing nurseries is one of my all-time favorite projects. I love the challenge of incorporating safe and functional design elements into a space that still feels young and whimsical. Love this look for your up-and-coming bundle? Check out links below to pull in some of the same design elements!