How To Create The Perfect Nursery

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
It was 15 years ago that I was planning the nursery of our first baby. It was such an exciting time in our lives, and of course, I wanted everything in the room to be perfect. Since you won't have much time once the baby arrives, you want to be sure you have the nursery prepared with plenty of time to spare. In between prenatal classes, finishing off all those necessary tasks at work before maternity leave, and making sure you get enough rest, you'll want to find time to devote to creating a comfortable, relaxing, and inviting space for baby.

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Here are the tasks we focused on to create the perfect nursery.

We converted our guest room into Emma's bedroom. One of the first things we did once we had the room cleared out and cleaned is paint the walls.  The color you paint the walls can depend on whether you know the sex of the child. Although we knew we were having a girl, I knew I didn't want to make the room overly pink. I went with a lime green and was so glad I did. It brightened up the room and was such a happy color. For a color that's stylish and neutral, try lemon yellow, mint green or soft grey.

When you are painting, remember to use paint that is as odorless as possible, and paint in a well-ventilated space. We hired a painter because I was too tired to do the painting myself, but if you have the energy to do it yourself, go for it!

We had comfort in mind when we approach the flooring in the nursery. The guest room had a linoleum floor, but it seems cold, even with a throw rug. We opted to have a plus carpeting installed. Consider whether you are going primarily for comfort or practicality.

We wanted carpet in the nursery, as it was warmer and cozier. But if you are using the nursery as your primary feeding and changing station, carpet can be a very tough to remove the stains from! Think how easy it would be to wipe off spilled milk and formula and from a laminated wooden floor instead! Which you can find out more about at You can also get a rug to keep your feet warm in the night!

One of the most fun things to do when decorating a nursery is to fill it full of accessories, toys and decorations. Musical mobiles are a popular choice. As these not only help the baby go to sleep but also act as a decorative item as well.

Also, anything that is personalized to your baby is a nice touch and a good way of marking the momentous event of bringing a new life into the world. For example, we loved the personalized soft toys, like the ones from Which will not only look cute as part of your interior decoration scheme but could well become your little one's favorite cuddly toy too!

Furniture is the most important and most expensive part of creating a nursery. Focus on a few well-selected pieces that can tide you over until the baby gets a little older. We had 3 pieces in our nursery: a crib, a changing table, and a plush rocking chair (that is now in my home office!). Emma's nursery had a sizable closet, so a dresser wasn't necessary. But if you don't have a closet or you are using it for someone or something other than the baby, a dresser or wardrobe where you can hang all of those outfits that you get from friends and relatives when your baby is born is a must.

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