Installing a bank of cabinets in unused crawl space provides oodles of storage. Cabinets with pull-out baskets, open shelves, and see-through fronts mean toys are accessible to kids, but clothes, shoes, and other items can be hidden behind closed doors. Opting for several coordinating small rugs can be more economical than purchasing a large area rug, and it's a fun way to create different play zones for active siblings.
Perfect for diaper necessities right now, this versatile storage unit will transition to hold toddler toys and books later.
Ribbons tied around curtain rings soften the drapery panels. They also help sweeten the room without locking in a specific look.
Open shelves can be particularly handy when caring for a new baby. This open basket, lined with yellow striped fabric, organizes diaper storage and keeps them within reach of the changing table.
Fabric canopies, though attractive, are unsafe when hung around a crib. This canopy was attached over an unused fireplace, creating the room's focal point behind the crib. You'll get the soft look of a canopy, yet it's out of baby's reach.
Baby pillows like these can bring more color and pattern to a nursery. When baby is sleeping, however, be sure to remove the pillows from the crib, placing them on a rocking chair or window seat instead.
A rocker or other comfortable chair is a necessity in a nursery. This glider chair is a quieter alternative to a rocker. Note the padded chair back, seat, and arm cushions as well as the handy side table and lamp.
Follow through in the details when decorating a child's room with a specific theme. This miniature beach chair echoes the ocean theme that's also seen on the wave border above the chair rail.
Writing on the Wall
Borders of stenciled words or phrases are a lovely way to personalize a child's space. prepasted and prespaced transfer letters for painted walls.
Requiring a bit of measuring and taping, these diamonds were painted in a deeper tone of the pale yellow wall color. Though the look is almost whimsical for a baby, this is the type of decorative detail that can grow with a child.
Stacked with Style
Wicker baskets look sweet and fresh in a baby's room. These feature blue gingham fabric linings to keep wicker from snagging stuffed toys or baby clothes. These baskets are great for storing out-of-season clothing, toys, or extra baby blankets.
This room features plenty of delightful detail for baby. The wall mural extends up and across the ceiling. A tiny upholstered chair awaits the time when the newborn becomes a toddler. Behind the chair, a small shelf was painted to coordinate with the rug and fabrics.
When designing a nursery, giving some thought to the future use of the room is a great idea. The pretty yellow wall color, blue window treatments, and white furniture are choices that can look as lovely for a preteen as for a baby.
Though a baby room typically only includes a crib, chest, and rocking chair, this designer had the foresight to include a large armoire/display cabinet that will be useful for many years to come. While this type of piece would be expensive if purchased new, it might be a bargain when it's a refurbished, repainted garage-sale find.
Placed on a handy tabletop or shelf, open boxes offer a wealth of storage opportunities. Today they can corral diapers and lotions for baby, yet in future years they'll be just as useful for puzzles, doll clothes, and school supplies.
Don't overlook the romantically sweet look of a chandelier in a baby girl's room. On a budget, look for used light fixtures that can be repainted and hung with purchased crystals and new lampshades for a fresh look any girl will love as she grows up.
Colored with Style
Framed kids' artwork decorates the wall above this baby changing table. Be sure to secure these pieces with multiple nails or screws, so baby won't knock them off the wall. Simple wooden knobs were painted with a variety of pastel hues -- dressing up an otherwise all-white chest.