Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Jennie for having me!
Congratulations to Jennie on the arrival of beautiful baby Vince! These days, I imagine Jennie probably barely has time to wash her hair, much less continue to shop for Vince’s nursery, but for all of you moms-to-be and new moms who finally manage to get out of the house or find ten spare minutes to browse online, here are some ideas for smart nursery planning that will save you time, money and work as your child grows up.
Use a wallpaper that can grow with your child. Wallpaper is a big commitment in cost and installation,and can be tricky to get rid of. Choose a pattern that’s not too babyish. This chic gray camouflage is great for all ages, and will also work if the nursery transforms into a guest room or office down the road.
This same rule of thumb works for an accent wall in a solid color or a design like painted stripes. Place the accent wall behind where the headboard of an adult-sized bed will be placed in the future.
Choose a convertible crib. A crib is a big investment that you aren’t likely to use for too many years (unless you are planning for a Duggar-sized family). These ingenious cribs convert into toddler beds, which will keep you from having to buy another big piece of furniture in a few years.
Other smart moves in this room include using a versatile light fixture from Ikea, a classic Eames rocker, a glider that could easily fit into an adult bedroom or family room, a sophisticated area rug and wall decals. Wall decals are an inexpensive way to add temporary details that you can easily remove when your child outgrows them.
Decorate with furniture and accessories that are playful but also work for grown-ups. This changing table will be a great dresser for an adult; the red stool is bright and fun and can also serve as a side table, nightstand or seating anywhere in the house; and the mobile resembles an iconic Alexander Calder piece, yet its primary colors make it a good fit for a nursery.
Got any tips for decorating for growing kids? We’d love to hear them!