Kids RoomTraditional Nursery, Providence
photo taken by Nat Rea photography
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Once you learn your new baby will be a girl or a boy, preparations of all kinds ensue. I still vividly remember that moment for us more than 35 years ago. We were into chocolate and creams and reds back then, so that was the design direction Matia’s dad’s nursery took. These parents chose a captivating nautical theme, which is greatly enhanced by the deep blue wall. Painting the dresser the same color as the wall was a stroke of genius in this nursery.
An outerwear display. When you've readied your home for fall, your beach gear will be stored away, leaving hooks, hangers and shelves with room for boots and coats. The winter clothes offer a visual cue the season has changed (without your spending a dime on seasonal decor).
Thanks to its simple design, Jenny Lind furniture is easy to pair with vibrant patterns. The white crib, chain-link rug and whimsical Roman shade fabric in this nursery prove just that.
9. Scour the toy basket. You never really know what you're going to find at the bottom of the toy basket — but it's really important that you find out. Wipe the inside and outside of your child's toy containers according to their material and vacuum for added measure. Clean plastic toys and board games with disinfecting wipes. Disinfect plush toys by running them through a gentle wash or freezing them overnight. (Germs don't survive in the freezer.)When it comes to purging the toy basket, Tsh Oxenreider (pronounced "Tish") from Simple Mom recommends the following steps: "Sort through the toys with your children, toss out any broken toys or ones with missing parts and select the ones they've outgrown — those are all the ones going into your donate box. I find that the fewer toys my kids have, the more they play with them."
10. It's your house too.It is totally possible to create a child-friendly home that is also stylish and hip. This was much harder years ago, but with all the new children's products on the market, plus the wealth of ideas on home design websites like Houzz and in other media, we now have some incredible resources at our fingertips. Don't be afraid to extend your style into your child's room. We spend a lot of time in our children's rooms, especially when they are young, so it's important to take the time to make them appealing to us as well.Now it's your turn to chime in.Tell us: What are your thoughts on decorating children's spaces? Challenges? Tips? What works for you?More Decorate With Intention: Create a Vision for Your HomeMore:Kids' Bedrooms: Amp Up the PlayfulnessKids at Work: A Kids' Office Space in Your Home