Designing a nursery for your newborn baby girl provides a special place for her to come home to. The space should make you feel happy and relaxed so she will feel the same way, as she will pick up on your feelings. Choose decor that fits in with your style, whether it's traditional, elegant, modern, simple or eclectic.
Choose a theme or colour scheme you love based on a single piece or thing that inspires you. For example, if you've settled on the name Lily, a garden theme that features lilies or a frog and lily pad theme might be ideal. Select a crib set that you adore and build the rest of the nursery decor around that. Use your favourite colours to determine a colour scheme, and pick a theme that works within those colours. Toys, clothing or cartoon characters can turn into the theme for your baby girl's first bedroom.
Themes and Colors
Traditional, frilly pink and white baby nurseries are optional now, as there are numerous other colour schemes and themes readily available through pre-made crib bedding sets and nursery decor. Pink and chocolate brown are a popular colour scheme for a baby girl and can work with a garden, teddy bear, cherry blossom, polka dot, butterfly, baby monkey or even an elephant theme. Primary colours work with a circus, farm, cowgirl, numbers or alphabet theme. Other theme ideas include jungle animals, a garden tea party, baby dragons, princess, mermaid, fish, duck, retro or fairies. Pink tractors or pink camouflage are girlie options that work for a rugged or sporty girl's nursery. Use a theme that grabs your attention, even if it means having to order a custom crib set or using solid coloured bedding.
Choose nursery furniture that will grow with your child to save money when she outgrows the crib and changing table. For example, a convertible crib that changes into a toddler bed, then a full-size headboard can save you money in the long run. Instead of purchasing an actual changing table, consider using a regular dresser or chest with a changing table topper that can be removed once she's potty trained. Your nursery furniture should complement the theme and colour scheme. For example, rustic, untreated wood furniture would clash with a modern pink and chocolate brown nursery. White and chocolate brown furniture match most themes.
Include practical pieces such as shelves or other storage furniture in your design. Choose storage pieces that complement the tone, style and colour of the other furniture in the room. The pieces should be versatile, such as open shelves that can be laid down horizontally while she's young--for safety and practical reasons--then stood up when she's old enough not to climb the shelves. Include bedding, window treatments, floating shelves, artwork, nightlights, lamps, mobiles and other accessories that complement your theme and colour scheme. Decorate wooden letters that spell out your baby's name in the same colours and theme as the nursery to add a personal touch.
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