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Nursery Design 101: 6 Things to Consider For Your Little One’s New Space

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Designing a nursery is no walk in the park. From safety measures to smart decor decisions, from finding a functional layout to pulling the room together, new parents have their work cut out for them. Not to mention, this all has to happen on a tight timeline.

At Modsy, we’ve worked with many expecting moms and dads to design their first nursery. As such, we know that safety, functionality, and timing are essential parts of the process. There are actually a lot of nursery design do’s and don’ts that you might not know about.

Here, we break down a few of the essential things to consider when designing a nursery. Read on for some nursery ideas for your space!

nursery ideas1. Take Your Time Finding the Right Chair

The ultimate nursery essential, gliders and rockers are a great spot to soothe, feed, and snuggle your baby. While these come in many styles, it’s important to find the right option for you.

The main factors to consider are comfort, durability, and safety. While the perfect option looks different for everyone, many parents appreciate options with an ottoman or footrest for easier rocking, a tall back to lean their heads against, and wide armrests for more comfortable nursing.

Designer Tip: Finding your perfect glider or rocker can often take some time, so consider getting a jump on this one earlier to be sure it arrives in time.

Read this next: Before & After: From Breakfast Nook to Charming Nursery

nursery ideas2. Fill in the Details Later

Unlike designing your own room, where you can take your sweet time, a baby on the way might leave you feeling the pressure to get the nursery done ASAP.

And while there are a few pieces that are more essential than others (think changing table), it’s ok if the whole space doesn’t come together by the time baby arrives. Instead of rushing to purchase pieces you’re not 100% in love with, focus on the most important parts first, and fill in the details later.

For example, the crib is one piece of furniture that some parents choose to forgo for the first few months. Instead, many parents choose to have their baby sleep in their bedroom either in a bassinet or co-sleeper at first. If this is you, rest a little easier knowing that your crib is one purchase that can come a tad later.

3. Create a Cozy Space

Once you’ve got all the essentials squared away, it’s time to focus on the fun part – decorating your nursery!

No matter if you go pink, blue, gender-neutral, or animal themed, finding the perfect decor scheme is one of the best parts about designing a nursery.

Consider fun wall art, sticker decals, mobiles, and all the small touches that make this the cutest and coziest room in your house.

Designer Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to avoid pillows and blankets in cribs. Instead, try placing a few throw pillows or blankets on your glider to give your space an extra cozy touch!

nursery ideas4. Skip The Changing Table

Rather than sinking your money into a changing table that will be obsolete after several years, consider purchasing a dresser with a changing table topper instead. This provides the same surface and function as a changing table but will have staying power as your nursery becomes a kid’s bedroom.

5. Invest In A Durable Rug

Just like a dresser, a soft and durable rug can prove to be a great investment. Find one that’s soft to the touch but stands up to lots of wear and tear so that you can keep using it as a foundation in the room (or any space) post toddler years.

As your nursery will likely be a space your baby spends a lot of time playing in, be sure to consider the composition of the rug you choose. An option that is not only durable but easy to clean will likely make you happy in the long run. Also consider that certain materials and dyes (especially synthetic ones) can potentially off-gas VOCs which are not great for avid crawlers.

nursery ideas6. Don’t Jump At Stain-Resistant Furniture

It’s tempting to go for an armchair or sofa that’s been treated with stain-resistant coating, but make sure to take time to do your research.

Just like rugs, many stain and water repellent sprays used on furniture may contain chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to newborns, so make sure to read the fine print and confirm your protected furniture is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and baby-safe.

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4 Pretty Nursery Designs To Inspire Your Own

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Looking at nursery designs for your soon-to-be little one? You might have discovered that designing a nursery is no walk in the park. There are a million things to consider: What’s the best spot for the crib? What about the changing table? How can we make it cute? With so many things to tackle, it’s no wonder pulling together a nursery can feel overwhelming. Not to mention there’s that less-than-nine-months from now deadline you can’t miss!

It’s easy to see why many expecting parents look for design help when creating their nursery. We’ve rounded up 4 Modsy nursery designs to show you some of the possibilities for yours. Read on to get inspired and pick up tips for designing your own nursery space—and make it look as cute as you imagined!

Nursery Design #1: Classic & Playful

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Even in a nursery, you can’t go wrong with a classic blue and white color scheme. It’s a universal palette that’ll give your nursery a fun, fresh feel.

nursery designsMake It Cute With…

  • Starry wallpaper (or one with an adorable pattern) is a great way to give the room playful theme.
  • A dangling mobile for a fun little accent that will catch your baby’s eye.
  • Fun and geometric rugs to add a pop of pattern to the floors.
  • A circular pendant for another intriguing sculptural element.

nursery designsMake It Work For You With…

  • A classic, comfy armchair where you can relax while your little one naps or sleeps.
  • Reading lamps and a small pouf with your armchair to give yourself a little resting corner.
  • A dresser with a changing table topper, which can be used for years to come in a kid’s room and even in a teenagers.

See Nursery #1 in 360!

Nursery Design #2: Elegant & Restful

nursery designsPlaying with nursery designs in a small space can be an added challenge. If you have a small space for your nursery, go for a soothing vibe with soft-colored walls, like a pale green, that also feels pretty. Once you have that, all you need are a few elegant pieces to really make the space feel warm and inviting.

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Make It Cute With…

  • Fun animal art in the form of soft focus pictures, watercolors, and illustrations.
  • Adorable wall decor, like a hanging bookshelf and charming coat hooks.
  • A little plant, like a cactus or a mini tree, is perfect for a little one’s first bedroom.

Make It Work For You With…

  • A modern rocking chair for you to cradle your newborn in. It’s just as good, if not better, than a rocking cradle.
  • A small dresser instead of a changing table to save space and add more storage.
  • Versatile moveable pieces, like a pouf or a stool that you can pull into another room if your little one wants to crawl on the ground and you need more floor space.

See Nursery #2 in 360!

Nursery Design #3: Eclectic & Colorful

nursery designsYou can also go bold with color to make your nursery a warm and vibrant hideout for you and your little one. Navy is a great shade for a backdrop that provides a welcoming atmosphere. This particular nursery design has a nice nook that gets lots of light and also fits a bookcase, which makes for a great “library” for children’s books.

nursery designsMake It Cute With…

  • A red patterned rug with a trad pattern to brighten up the navy walls and to add a fun eye-catching element to the room.
  • Nature art, like desert landscapes and florals that, which will enliven the space.
  • Plants galore. We’re talking everything from a small fern and hanging plants to a leafy tree for the corner, all of which will help to warm up the space.

nursery designsMake It Work For You With…

  • Lots of pillows that you can throw on the ground as a pillow for your baby’s head when they’re out of the crib. But make sure to keep all the pillows out of the crib!
  • Multiple baskets for holding toys and stuffed animals. Because let’s face it, there will be a handful and plenty more to come!

See Nursery #3 in 360!

Nursery Design #4: Modern & Artful

nursery designsThere’s no reason you can’t have stylish furniture and cool art in your nursery designs. After all, it should be a place where everyone feels at ease and wants to spend time in. Try a neutral palette, then add modern furniture pieces with clean lines for a cool, laid-back look.

nursery designsMake It Cute With…

  • A stimulating mix of artwork, such as animal, floral, and graphic pieces that give the space a lively, collected feel.
  • A stylish, streamlined crib that becomes the focus in the room.
  • A durable striped rug in warm neutrals that adds function and also an inviting tone.

Make It Work For You With…

  • A neutral color palette keeps things the room from feeling stuffy. No need to stick to white, either. Go for soft grays and even an off-white, which can open up a small room.
  • Mid-century designs that have staying power even after your little one’s outgrown the nursery. The pieces can easily be used in other rooms in the future.

See Nursery #4 in 360!

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