Wallpaper up to the chair rail. Give the baby’s room dimension and texture by adding wallpaper up to the picture rail. For a fresh feel, use two different wallpapers that complement each other in scale. Don’t have a chair rail in the room? Adding one is a fairly easy project that you can do yourself with a few simple tools.
Find a very, very comfy chair. Let’s be honest: You’ll be spending a lot of time in this chair. Hunt around for a chair that’s both comfortable for you as well as a stylish complement to your nursery’s décor. Test them out before purchasing: you want it to conform correctly to your body for maximum comfort. Get this nursery's look.
Use a chest of drawers as a changing table. Create a unique changing space by simply adding a changing pad to the top of a classic dresser. You’ll save money in the long run; this piece will evolve with your child’s decor as he grows older.
Consider a vintage look. For an eclectic flair to the nursery, find a crib that reflects a vintage style. This doesn’t mean hunting flea markets for an actual antique. Federal safety guidelines for cribs didn’t go into effect until 1973, so be sure to look for a newly constructed crib with a vintage appearance instead.
Paint the walls dark. To create a cozy, warm atmosphere for your baby, paint the walls a dark color. This look works best in rooms with adequate sunlight; it may feel slightly stuffy otherwise.
Accessorize with whimsical artwork. The nursery is a room where you can have a little fun. Keep it lighthearted with playful artwork and knickknacks.
Add built-in shelving. Consider yourself lucky if the baby room already comes with built-in shelving; otherwise, you may want to think about adding it. Babies come with a lot of gear: built-in shelving will help you keep it organized.
Use nooks and unusual spaces for storage. Don’t have room for a built-in? Look around the nursery and see where you can sneak in storage, such as adding baskets to a shelf above the window and installing shelving on the wall.
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Mirror the closet door. Smaller rooms in the home often become nurseries; adding mirrors to the space will help it feel larger. If the closet doesn’t work, hang one elsewhere on the wall. Plus, it’s so cute to watch babies react to their own reflection.
Consider a rounded crib. An oval crib tends to take up less room than a traditional rectangular one, so if the nursery is tight, this could be a great space saver.
Think about placing the crib in the center of the room. Stumped on your nursery’s layout? Maybe the crib will work best if you center it in the room. Just be sure there is ample room to move around the crib so the space doesn’t feel cramped.
Look for a graphic, colorful rug. Yes, this rug is fun, playful and a great complement to this feminine space. However, the real reason you’ll want to find a patterned rug is to easily hide the inevitable stains. It’s no secret: Babies are messy!