Before you go getting any ideas, no one here at KKH has a baby on the way. We just wanted to switch things up a bit in the design department over here on the blog, and we thought to ourselves, what would be more fun than to explore how to design a nursery for all the mamas to be out there? We see stylish nurseries pop up on Pinterest from time to time, but for every chic nursery space we come across, we see five others that could use some serious style. In our mind, the nursery need not be a boring blue or pink space. In fact, it doesn’t have to be gender specific at all. Designing a chic, stylish nursery that your child can grow into isn’t the most impossible thing in the world. We promise.
Here’s how we see it: you should approach designing your nursery the same way you would any other room in your home. Ask yourself what the space needs to do functionally, and then purchase pieces that help you achieve that goal. That’s your first layer. Once you’ve got that figured, you can bring some style into the space – and that doesn’t have to depend on the baby. Who says a nursery can’t have the most fantastic wallpaper in the house? Who says you need to invest in silly, ridiculous light fixtures instead of chic, sophisticated ones? Just because it’s a nursery doesn’t mean it has to be a bland space. On the contrary, you can work within your nursery design parameters while still picking pieces that a) you truly love and b) your child can grow into over time (except the crib. we can’t guarantee that your little bundle of joy won’t outgrow the crib. sorry, folks!).
For example, one of the most important pieces of the nursery (after the crib, that is), is storage. Ideally, you’ll be looking for storage that can double as a changing table, because as a new mama or papa, you’re going to be changing quite a few diapers. We’re partial to investing in a dresser you love (and one that can work in a more “grown up” room in a few years), then simply buying a changing pad to put atop it/roll out during diaper time. There’s really no need to purchase a separate changing table – especially because once your child is out of diapers, you’ll have no need for it any longer. A dresser, on the other hand, will be with you for a while.
You’ll also want a chair for nursing. Since you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in this chair, make sure it’s one that’s a) durable and b) comfortable. You want it to soothe your tired mama muscles, and also, to be easily washable. Our denim canvas armchair is a ‘sink into it’ kind of piece that puts comfort first, while keeping style in mind. Talk about getting the job done.
Below, you’ll find a few of our other picks for stylish nursery design, plus rationale around why we chose them. As we said above, there’s really no reason for a nursery to be a bland, boring space. Think carefully about the pieces you buy: shop for function, but keep style and longevity in mind. There’s no sense in splurging on pieces your child will grow out of in just a few short years. Instead, it makes sense to invest in pieces that can grow – both with your new baby and with your design style overall.