Designing a Nursery? 9 Tips You Should Read First

Nurseries are an excellent place to have fun with your home's décor and go the unexpected route, combining colors, textures, and patterns you may not be willing to have in other areas of the house. Keep your nursery stylish and chic by combining classic, kid-friendly decorating ideas with our sophisticated suggestions. _1
_new2 Kid's rooms and nurseries are the perfect places to incorporate overscaled, bold patterns that you wouldn't dare use elsewhere. Choose a statement wallpaper, paint broad stripes on the ceiling, or opt for boldly patterned drapery -- but limit the amount of patterns to prevent a dizzying look. Sissy + Marley Lucky Star Wallpaper, $170 per roll, Jill Malek
Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know Though this is a child's space first and foremost, using classical furniture pieces will add style and substance to your nursery. Whether it's a pint-sized classic piece or a vintage chest repurposed as a changing table, adding in grown-up furniture is an easy way to keep the space sophisticated. Plus, these classic items can be used for years to come, while your kids are guaranteed to outgrow more juvenile pieces. Noir Isabelle Daybed, $2592, Layla Grace
Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know Like patterns, bright, bold colors are ideal for kid's rooms and nurseries, as you may not be willing to commit to the vibrant shades in more public areas. We suggest keeping the color scheme limited to a few key hues to keep the space fresh and soothing and prevent the room from becoming too harsh. Prescott Fitted Sheet, $15, Pottery Barn Kids
Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know We love incorporating furry textures in throw pillows, blankets, or rugs. Their soft touch is perfect for gentle skin, and their inherent warmth wards off drafts and chills. Rens Sheepskin, $30, Ikea
Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know Block the sun during naptime and incorporate additional textures by adding-in soft window treatments. A separate blackout liner will further block the sun's rays. Swing Stripes Curtain, from $118, Anthropologie


RhombusThumb2 Statement lighting is the key for adding a little edge to a nursery's décor. Go bold with overhead fixtures or add in some statement sconces for extra light at the changing table or by a rocking chair. Rombus Lantern, $485, L'aviva Home


_new Babies and children tend to accumulate a lot of toys, clothes, and associated "stuff." Make sure to have plenty of both open and closed storage options so you don't necessarily have to look at it all at once. Marcelle Armoire in Aged Silver, $1599, Restoration Hardware Baby and Child


Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know Gentle textures are necessary when babies are rolling and crawling. A soft area rug or carpeting is a must -- and it's an excellent opportunity to incorporate color and pattern into the space. Charing Cross Rug, from $595, Serena and Lily


Designing A Nursery? 9 Tips to Know Animal themes are always stylish in a nursery setting. Whether incorporated through art, bedding, or stuffed animals, furry friends are gender neutral and timeless. Framed Baby Giraffe Little Darling Print, $115, The Animal Print Shop

Are you expecting or already a parent? What are your must-haves in the nursery? Let us know in the comments below!

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