Sugary pastels, whimsical wall decals, fluffy tissue mobiles and a cliché sign noting a prince or a princess lives in this space. For some expecting parents, this describes the most magical nursery they can fantasize. But what about the others? The parents who want a welcoming and comfortable nursery that complements their style and their home.
Parents are bombarded with advice, criticism and judgements everyday, and some feel they have to follow the “norm” to avoid dealing with the critics. The norm, when it comes to nursery design, may not reflect who the parents truly are.
I believe that bringing personal style to the nursery connects the baby with the parents. It’s a space where parents spend many hours creating intimate bonds with their baby yet it also can be a stressful place. Crying, screaming, dirty diapers, late nights. It’s not all sugary pastels and whimsical wall decals.
So, what’s a parent to do? A few tips for creating a nursery the whole family can enjoy:
Use furniture with history. Great-grandma’s sewing table, grandpa’s old dresser, a rocker from the family farm. Whatever. Paint it, or don’t. It’s up to you.
Paint with colors that complement the rest of your home. The nursery doesn’t have to stand out like a bright pink in a sea of neutrals.
Meaningful art. For me, that’s artwork created by family members. For you it may be a family saying printed out and framed. It doesn’t have to be something about miracles, blessings, or sweet baby angels. It could be a funny inside joke you share with your spouse.
Bring in family photos. Not cheesy ones. The real ones, showing life being lived.
When decorating your nursery remind yourself that you will be spending a lot of time in the space. Bring personal comforts you can share with your family and your new baby. Remember, it’s not just a baby’s room, it’s a shared space where families grow together.
What do you love most about your nursery?
What are your visions for your future nursery?