Today Belinda from Nest Design Studio is sharing with us some of the ins and outs when it comes to Nursery Design. This is part 1 of 3. She’ll also be covering, how to make the nursery look oh so pretty and transitioning too! Over to Bel…
Today, I’m talking nursery design and I have written an article just for you. Yep, I know…..
Congratulations!!! You have just got that beautiful double line on a pregnancy test and are so beyond excited!! I can’t wait for you to take in all the wonderful things that are going to happen to you over the next 8ish months. Trust me, I’ve had 3 beautiful (BIG) babies and everything you are feeling now is completely normal. The ‘what are we going to call it’, the ‘is this normal during pregnancy?’, the ‘far out, what on earth was it doing in there!’.
I also know, if you are anything like me, that your mind has raced ahead to start planning the nursery. So let me share some little words of wisdom about how best to create the perfect nursery *for you* AND how to make it not only beautiful, but functional.
First up, step away from the baby store. I don’t want you buying anything for the nursery until you have done your homework.
Start pinning (pfffft as if you haven’t already done that – go you!). Pin anything and everything. From decor, to wallpaper and furniture. It can be hard to sort though all your images but once you really start looking, you will find a common thread that binds so many of the images.
Start floor planning. Grab the tape measure and sketch out some ideas. Can that amazing cot you have been drooling over fit on the ‘feature wall’? If you go for that beautiful chair, is it going to work in with the rest of the room?
There are some basics you need to consider before you even make the room ‘pretty’……yes, I’m an Interior Designer, but first and foremost, I’m a Mum…..so practical always comes before pretty!
When you walk into the room, which wall do you see first? That’s the wall you want to create a feature out of. That’s always the wall that I put the cot on. Behind the cot you can then add the artwork/wallpaper etc to create an impact when you walk in.
Good quality chair
The other 2 non-negotiables for me are a good quality chair and a dresser. First up, let me tell you….with my 2 oldest children, I had crappy chairs that I hated. They weren’t good for my back and they weren’t easy to get out of (while holding a sleeping baby). Third child, I decided to splurge and it has been the best investment. I made sure it had a tall back (I’m tall) and that I could rest my head on during the many hours of feeding and cuddling.
When you go to a baby store, they are going to try and sell you a change table. Don’t do it! Make your furniture work for you! A change table only lasts 2-3 years, if you go for a dresser you can transition it when it’s time to upgrade to a ‘big’ room or make it work in another room of your home.
Once you have these 3 essentials covered, it’s time to make that room a knock out!
So keep an eye out for the next part in my series, we’ll be chatting about how to make it all look pretty!
Nest Design Studios is a boutique children’s interior design business run by Belinda. Covering nurseries, kids rooms, playrooms and so much more. She offers Global E-Design as well as in home design services. Check out more via the links below