Designing a nursery can be very challenging, because you want to make the space as fantastic as it can be for your child. In this endeavor, many parents get overwhelmed in the sea of “cute” and “adorable” designs, so much so, they often forget that this is a room where the baby will grow to be a toddler and the toddler to become a school child. That’s why I love to keep things on the simpler side. However, that doesn’t mean that I never add anything special in the nursery that makes it sufficiently different from any other room I’d design. In most cases, that is a touch of elegance that elevates the baby’s room just enough to make it stand out. Here’s how you can do the same.
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Keep the colors low-key
This is always my tip for designing the perfect nursery, regardless of the style you choose, because, even though it is important to stimulate the baby’s sight and mind with colors and shapes, this shouldn’t be overwhelming, especially in the room where they sleep. That’s why it is always better to decide on one or two colors. Of course, you can use different tones of the same color to showcase shapes or diversity. For an elegant nursery, you can opt for neutrals like grey, beige and white, as well for pastels like soft pink or dusty rose. A variation on Pantone’s color of the year 2018 – ultra-violet – also makes sense.
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Add elaborate furniture pieces
If you think that a nursery has no use of designer furniture pieces, you are wrong. First of all, they will enrich the space with an understated elegance. Also, a comfy upholstered armchair or sofa will serve the mother while putting the baby to sleep or reading a goodnight story. Well-designed bespoke ottomans and a full-height wardrobe add another dash of style and ample storage room.
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Go all out with the crib
The crib is the centerpiece of the nursery, and as such, it should be chosen to reflect everything you want to say about the room’s style. In this case, it has to be pure elegance. Depending on the rest of the design, you can decide for eye-catching carved wood, simplistic metallic rails, pure white, dusty pink or a neutral tone. Also, you can enhance the elegance with a crib canopy and a luxurious mobile (simplistic with metallic or pastel details).
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Add a point of interest
Did you know that babies love looking in the mirror? And did you know that that is useful for their social and emotional development? Now you already have two reasons to introduce mirrors into the nursery. Here’s the third one: beautiful designer mirrors (especially ones with silver or brass frames) can add splendor to the nursery and serve as a glamorous point of interest.
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Say it with lights
Lighting plays a huge role in every room. For the nursery, it is essential to install light fixtures with dimmers, so that you can adapt the lighting to the ongoing activity (e.g. napping and playing). Also, for the noblesse feel, you can install one especially elegant ceiling fixture, such as a crystal chandelier, brass chandelier, aged silver chandelier and any type of glam vintage fixture.
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Finally, accessories make all the difference in the world when it comes to designing a high-end room. It is no different with the nursery. When considering accessories to use in the nursery, think about creating balance between elegance and child-friendliness. You want your baby to have enough toys, but you also want to neutralize their presence with metallic items (e.g. golden, copper, rose gold, silver or aged silver lamps, candlesticks and vases). Make sure to keep the toys well-organized and displayed on shelves or stored in storage units. You can also display some artwork on the wall or use appropriate wall-stickers (e.g. gold dots on white background, glow in the dark stickers, 3D brick stickers, etc.).
Elegance is defined as “dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style”. Isn’t that something you would like for your baby’s nursery? If your answer is ‘yes’, these tips will be helpful for your design efforts.