Thinking Beyond the Pink and Blue: Nursery design tips from the experts at South Main Design
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January 15, 2019
By Erica Haller Photography
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Having a baby? Transitioning your little one into his or her own room?


I wish I knew these ladies back when I was designing the nursery for my kiddos.  Their interior design work is amazing and they are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet.  I'm excited to share their tips and expert opinions on creating the perfect space for baby in your home.  


Here is what Jenna and Amanda shared with me about nursery design.


Nursery design sure does have a special place in our hearts! Having two young kids each, and countless nieces and nephews, it was the unofficial start to our business. No other room in the home is so sentimental and special, yet changes use and purpose so quickly. It’s important to have a nursery that creates a feeling of calm and cozy for both parents and baby. That being said, there are no major rules as long as you love it, but there are some tips we've picked up along the way that will help you begin the planning process. 


 Get inspired and choose a theme without going overboard.


Matchy- matchy, baby-specific decor can feel a little dated.  Instead, stick with a color palette or a design style you love, like a traditional, modern or boho vibe. By not going too babyish, your room will feel like an extension of the home and grow with baby.  And because it’s a child’s room, it’s the perfect place to take risks and add some whimsy.  One way is by using removable wall decals or wallpaper that will allow you to have some fun without the commitment.  Think florals, murals and geometric designs. And the ceiling is not off limits! 


Choose pieces that will grow with your baby and invest in quality pieces of furniture.


A dresser can easily be used as a changing table for the first few years, then transitions to clothes storage in a big kid room with some cute accessories on top. Investing in a comfortable chair is also a great idea! When those middle of the night feedings are finally behind you, a cozy chair will still be used for bedtime stories and welcomed snuggles. Step outside the big-box baby stores and check out some fun options for rockers in any style you desire, such as wood, leather, or something with modern lines. 

Plan for multiple sources of light. 


Bright overhead lighting is great for during the day and early evening, but a dimmer light is preferable for the bedtime routine when baby is winding down for the night. It’s also a great idea to have a low light for middle of the night diaper changes and feedings. A mix of multiple lighting sources will ensure you have the right amount of light whenever you need it. Chandeliers, floor lamps, and table lamps are available in any style you can dream of and can really pack a design punch! 


Storage is a must!


Babies need lots of equipment and you don’t want to end up with a cluttered space. Plan out a functional closet or shelving, and use baskets to tuck toys, blankets and diapers out of view. You’ll be thankful for being organized when you’re trying to find things in the middle of the night! 

At the end of the day, there are no hard and fast rules for designing the perfect nursery.  The room can be anything you want it to be- the sky’s the limit! What’s important is that it is reflective of your personal style and that it feels comfortable to you and your family. You and your baby will be spending lots of time there, so get inspired by something you love and start designing!

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