Design a Beautiful Nursery on a Light Budget
By: Chloe Taylor
Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.
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Having a baby is a true life changer. That little creature simply comes into your life and turns everything upside down, and suddenly you love someone in a way you never thought it was possible. Making a room for such a sweetheart in your heart is easy, but making some room in your house might be quite demanding, physically and financially. Of course you want all the best for your tiny newcomer, but that does not mean you have to desolate your wallet or tear down the walls in the hose, just find an available room next to yours and use your imagination. If you are feeling lost, here are some tips to help you design an amazing nursery on a budget.
When acquiring stuff for baby’s room, parents often want to have just everything on the shelves, but the truth is, your baby will not need all those stuff. Instead make the list of absolutely necessary items, and then work with the money you have left. Also, you can buy secondhand items, since babies do not use them for too long, changing table, crib, etc. can be bought in “like-new” condition for a bargain. You can also swap for baby gear online or with your friends and family.
Be Creative with Painting
So, murals in the nursery room are all the rage, but unless you do not know how to paint, you will have to find and pay for a muralist, which can be rather costly. That does not mean you will have to renounce nice looking walls in the nursery room. Instead of painting the walls in one color, you can paint two opposite walls in different shades or make horizontal stripes with a brush and painter’s tape. You can also use wallpapers (e.g. chalkboard wallpaper) and interesting and colorful wall stickers/decals.
Get a Convertible Crib
You would not believe how fast a baby can grow. Get a crib that grows together with your child (from a newborn to toddler) and can be adapted to its needs and age. It might look expensive at first, but when you think about it, it is a long term investment, because you will not have to buy a new bed for couple of years. An extra tip: because its main function is to last, make the crib safe and durable.
Make it Cozy
When you imagine a nursery, you usually envision a warm and cozy place. You do not have to invest a ton of money to achieve that feel. All you need are the right warm hues for the walls, the furniture and the accessories. Here you will benefit the most from a soft Zado rug, which can also make a great focal point. Throw pillows, comfy chair and warm hues curtains will make the space more pleasant and appealing.
Do Not Spend Too Much on Storage
Baby’s things tend to pile up and soon enough you will feel overcrowded with a bunch of toys and clothes. Instead of buying expensive huge dresser, you can keep the space organized by keeping the baby’s clothes in your closet. Get a bookcase and use storage bins or baskets to hide away toys and accessories, or build some shelves on your walls.
Do Not Leave the Walls Bare
You do not have to spend a fortune for framed paintings on the wall, you can buy affordable prints with your baby’s initials or simply make your own wall decorations. It can be anything ranging from canvas made butterflies and a simple photograph to framed fabric scraps and first sonogram. Just let your imagination run wild. Do not let the things get overcrowded, though. Make just one wall the accent one, preferably the one where the crib is.
Every nursery needs accessories that pop. Unfortunately the furniture and accessories stores charge too much for such items, but if you have skillful hands and some time, you can make your own accessories. Among them are paper flowers, DIY mobile, sewed toys, yarn light fixture, decoupage flower vases, wall alphabet, etc. When accessorizing a nursery you should keep in mind that the overall look should be fun and creative. The details are there to add personality to the room and provide visual stimulation to your baby.
Your little bundle of joy is almost there. Do your best to greet it with the most amazing nursery in the world.