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How to Design a Nursery


Baby nursery with crib and window treatments

Creating the perfect nursery for your baby can be fun and imaginative. Even if you’re new to the world of interior design, it’s mainly a matter of strategy. Here are a few guiding principles to spark your creative vision.


Design Elements


A nursery incorporates form and function to help your baby grow. Consider some of these style tips to get the ball rolling.


Start Slow

Getting carried away is part of the design process, so it’s best to start with the essentials. Include no-nonsense items like a crib and changing table, as well as clothing storage. Whether you prefer a closet, dresser, or coordinated containers, keep it simple with beautiful basics.


Think Storage


Despite their size, babies require lots of space. The trend continues throughout childhood, so it’s wise to include plenty of storage. Easy solutions like hooks and under-bed storage maximize space with minimal effort. If you’re looking for something more substantial, bookshelves or built-ins might do the trick.


Plan Ahead


It’s easy to stick to baby-themed nurseries though your child will soon outgrow them. Instead, opt for something longer-lasting with neutral prints, timeless colors, and movable décor. Consider making smaller updates like refreshed bedding, framed wall art, or neutral area rugs for a smooth transition.


Make Space


Besides generous storage, your child needs plenty of space to play and learn. Keep the nursery open and accessible for each stage of development. Whether they’re learning to crawl or inviting friends over, an ideal nursery/child’s bedroom includes room to move.


Consider Color


Nothing transforms a space as quickly as color. While traditional baby colors are on the table, they’re not the only option. For example, mixed shades of white and gray provide a gentle yet neutral backdrop. Grown-up colors might seem off-limits, but it all depends on how you use them.


Add Imagery


Add fun and wonder to your nursery with a playful image. Don’t worry—it’s not as complicated as it looks. Use peel-and-stick wallpaper on a single wall for visual interest and spatial definition. Alternatively, add animals, scenery, or storylines with a mural for a touch of whimsy.


Be Social


Nurseries should be as comfortable for your baby as they are for adults. Even if space is limited to baby and parent, consider including adult furniture for your convenience. Pieces like a rocking chair, ottoman, or pouf create soft seating, while rugs or carpeting cushion your stay.


Encourage Play


Drawing and writing are years down the line, but it’s wise to make room for a play. In particular, allow space for a small table or desk to assist your child’s development. Anything from tea parties to make-believe requires space to play. If nothing else, keep your layout options open for early childhood activities.


Proper Lighting


A restful nursery requires controlled lighting at a moment’s notice. Combine layered lighting and professional window treatments for lighting on demand.

Cellular Shades


The honeycomb structure of a cellular shade regulates room temperature for optimal consistency. They’re also easily adjustable and available in various colors and opacities. Try a day/night cellular shade for 24/7 coverage.


Indoor Shutters


Made of wood or composite material, this classic window treatment keeps light entirely at bay. Shutters can also be opened to let light in, while the cordless feature is completely child-safe.


Blackout Shades


This window treatment is ideal for especially light sleepers. As the name implies, blackout shades provide total blackout or room darkness, depending on your preference. Use them on their own or with other window treatments.


Lined Curtains


Standard curtains allow some light in, depending on the fabric. However, an appropriate liner significantly reduces light filtration for sound sleep. Pair with sheer curtains or another window covering for better daylighting.

Wrapping Up


Whether you’re a design novice or a styling whiz, creating a nursery is a definite option. Start with the essentials and layer in storage, color, imagery, and more. Then incorporate dimmable lighting and window treatments as the icing on the cake.


If you’re looking for customized window treatments for a nursery, T. Lynn’s can assist with finding the ideal solution for your home that is on-trend and within budget. We offer a comprehensive collection of blinds, shades, and draperies. Call 715-441-7997 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation, or go to tlynns.com and contact us.


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