I mentioned in my last baby update post that I was getting excited to start decorating the baby’s nursery. While I can dream up about a million ideas in my head, when it comes down to it, I really don’t even know where to start. Plus, the costs of decorating can be overwhelming.
When Emily of Zillow contacted me about doing a guest post on DIY nursery projects, I couldn’t resist. I know I have a few fellow mom-to-be readers out there that will benefit from these pointers, and I myself found some good information that I know I will use. DIY paper lanterns for example…such a cute idea!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
By Emily Creswick of Zillow.com
Bringing a new baby home for the first time is an exciting experience for the family. But before the bundle of joy arrives, it’s important to complete a few décor projects to create the perfect baby room.
While designing a nursery is a big job, breaking down the total upgrade into smaller projects creates a more manageable process. It’s less overwhelming for parents to tackle smaller projects than large-scale redesigns, and more organization allows them more time to add personal and meaningful touches to the decor.
Here are five do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to create the most comforting and inviting nursery for babies and parents.
One of the easiest ways to create a welcoming nursery is to apply a fresh coat of paint. For parents wishing to avoid the traditional baby pinks and blues, opt for trending colors with calming and soothing effects, such as pale yellow or muted orange. Gender-neutral colors including cream, gray and off-white are perfect for the nursery. The neutral tones help to enhance the size of a room and visually blend well with colored décor elements.
2. Decorate the Walls
Paper wall decals are cost effective, look great and are easy to make. Tassel garlands and festive bunting flags are easy DIY projects suited for any nursery theme. Creating a gallery wall above the crib is another great way to personalize the nursery. Try a fun alphabet or baby name design using customizable wooden letters or stickers. Finish off by adding mixed media elements including DIY paintings and framed family portraits.
3. Add Functional Furnishing
When choosing nursery furniture, opt for quality pieces that grow with children throughout the years. Popular choices include dressers, bookcases and storage trunks. When choosing a nursery chair, pick a style and design that works both in the nursery as well as the existing home décor. Later on, the chair can transition into a home living area.
4. Include Comforting Accents
Add some warmth and texture into the room using window treatments and accessories. Choose drapes or curtains in light colors and sheer material that let natural light in but also offer sun protection. As bright overhead lights are harsh on baby’s eyes, opt for subdued lamps. A DIY paper lantern is the perfect way to subtly illuminate the room. Finish off with a soft, textured rug or create one using colorful cloth and a non-slip rug mat.
5. Organizational Elements
It’s important for nurseries to stay clean and organized for children’s health and parents’ sanity. Make diaper changing simple by adding easy-to-reach shelving near the changing-table to hold baby wipes and diapers. For product surplus, use the empty space under the crib as a storage area. Keep the dresser tidy using drawer dividers and add baskets around the room to store toys and accessories.
Above all, have fun while creating and designing the nursery. Tackle one design element at a time and experiment with different looks until the room is perfected. Growing families need more space as time goes on. For Boston families looking for their next home, check out the current listings on Zillow.com.