Designing your baby's nursery is an exciting experience for any parent, but it can also be a daunting one. Creating a space for a new personality you haven't met yet is challenging, not to mention that most nurseries are usually limited when it comes to space. So how do you make a little nursery both beautiful and practical? Renowned fashion designers and celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott just unveiled their first nursery collection for Pottery Barn Kids today, so we tapped them for their small-space tips and tricks. Scroll down to see how you can transform your nursery.
MYDOMAINE: How do you create a practical yet chic small nursery without it looking cramped?
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott: Think multipurpose. Accent furniture can double as storage, for example; a tiny side table is the perfect spot for placing a lamp and keeping all of those baby books. When space is scarce and you can’t fit in much furniture, wall art and hangings are a great way to personalize a space regardless of the nursery’s size. Rugs and pillows can allow you to subtly incorporate a color theme and tie everything together without overpowering the space. Don’t be afraid of going dark, too. Black walls in a nursery don’t have to be scary, they can make a room feel dramatic and warm. Keep the wall décor simple and focused.
MD: How can you incorporate pattern in a small space?
EC and ME: Use graphic, bold patterns to make the room feel bigger. Horizontal stripes can also give the illusion of a wider space, while vertical stripes, triangles, and arrows can add height to the room.
MD: Can you share your storage tricks for hiding visual clutter?
EC and ME: You can never have too much storage! Ditch the traditional changing table and opt for a dresser with a changing tray. Use wall space to your advantage. Hooks and shelves can provide ample storage space when there is no more room on the floor. And baskets are crucial for hiding clutter. Baby clothes can also be so pretty, and we love the idea of displaying them on a vintage rack, especially when closet space is lacking.
MD: What are your favorite lighting tricks to open up the room?
EC and ME: Mirrors and gold accessories reflect light; they really brighten up the room and make it feel bigger. Fun and clever lamps can add character, too. It’s also an easy way to enhance the décor and add more light, which opens up the space.
MD: Do you have any other advice for parents designing a small nursery?
EC and ME: Stick with a neutral palette and add color in strategic places like with textiles and pillows. Avoid too many small items and instead opt for a few bigger pieces and décor. Remember, small nurseries can be cozy; if it’s an environment where the baby is comfortable and feels safe, then it’s the perfect size.
To shop the complete Emily & Meritt nursery collection, visit Pottery Barn Kids.
What are your tips for decorating a space-challenged nursery? Let us know below.