5 Ways To Decorate A Sweet Nursery That Will Last Longer Than The Baby Stage

A neutral palette, convertible furniture and classic patterns mean you don’t have to redecorate for the stages of childhood


When I get to design and furnish a children’s room, I get excited. No other room in the house can take on such quirkiness and youthfulness. But it can also make customers uncomfortable. After all, babies grow into toddlers in a flash, so why spend money on something that you just have to change in a few years? That’s why when brainstorming a design for a nursery, I think about the phases to come and how I can make sure the room grows with it.

I also often ask clients to consider not only the space for the baby, but also for themselves. I believe the baby room is also for adults to enjoy. It’s a space that baby and parents use together in the first or two years of the child’s life – think nighttime feedings or afternoon playtimes. Designing an equal parts nursery for babies and adults means you can have a nursery that lives past childhood, through the toddler years and even into the tween.

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When people think about what colors to use in a nursery, they often think of pastels. But the days when nurseries could only be soft blue, pink, green and yellow are long gone. These days, regardless of the sex of the child, consider using neutral colors. In this example, the main colors are variations of gray layered with the freshness of white and yellow. The room is gender neutral and not too babyish.

This nursery is the perfect mix of baby and adult thanks to the color scheme. The strong red and blue, mixed with a white neutral, creates a space that can last into the second year.

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Fortunately, furniture manufacturers make convertible furniture that grows with your child. Cribs are now turning into toddler beds and changing tables are turning into dressers. When purchasing new furniture, consider a line that will allow you to change its function. This not only saves you a bundle, but also fits your decor and room longer. Also keep in mind that many gliders and recliners can be turned into a standard recliner when the mechanisms are removed.

When choosing the style for a nursery, keep in mind patterns that will last. Stripes, chevrons, polka dots and natural flora and fauna are motifs with lasting power. Traditional Nursery by Tara Seawright Interior Design Tara Seawright Interior Design Save Email The combination of polka dots and an organic floral pattern gives this room a childlike feel that is not youthful.

Stimulate the child and the space with statement art. Large prints or photos will give the nursery a childish look without being cluttered. Center a piece above the crib or over the dresser. Contemporary Nursery by Lulu Designs Lulu Designs Save Email Try adding more sculptural art, like this marquee sign that spells baby’s name. Not only does it add a cool factor, it can also be a great night light.

I don’t want to take all the fun out of decorating the nursery, so remember that the smaller items can be very whimsical and sweet. Add accessories such as stuffed animals, toy baskets and rocking chairs that can be easily swapped out as the child gets older.

Original story by Krista Salter for Houzz

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