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How to Design a Nursery: Creating the Best Environment for You and Your Baby

Are you ready to welcome a beautiful baby boy or girl into the world? Will this be your first child or the first one in your new house? If so, then you need to learn how to design a nursery that's beautiful and practical.

Doing so can make your job as a parent a tiny bit easier. You'll have everything you need to change your baby, care for them, nurse them, and grow with them during their many stages in the first few months alone!

See below for an in-depth guide on how to create the best environment for your incoming bundle of joy.

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1. Choose a Theme

Think of your nursery-to-be as a haven for you and your child. It's a place that you can go to escape the distractions and craziness everywhere else in your home.

One of the most essential ways to separate it from the rest of the house is by giving it a theme that's cute, fun, and inviting. The nursery theme you pick should have a comfortable vibe to it. If you know the gender of the incoming baby, then you can cater the theme to it. Some of the hottest nursery themes for boys are dinosaurs, sharks, or just a comprehensive blend of baby blue and white everywhere.

Some great nursery themes for girls include rainbows, pink and white colors throughout, or a sun theme.

For those of you that don't know the gender, and don't plan to find out, don't worry! You can still pick out some wonderful themes without having to settle for gray everything. Currently, green is one of the hottest colors for gender-neutral nurseries. You can create a blend of light green and dark green features for a unique aesthetic. Better yet, in color psychology, green sends subliminal messages of health and good fortune!

2. Have the Essentials

Remember, beauty is important, but it isn't everything when it comes to designing a baby nursery. Practicality and functionality are just as important, if not more so. You need to make sure of two things. First, that the nursery contains all of the essentials, such as a changing station, crib/cradle, nursing chair, baby monitor, diaper genie (or another method of disposing of stinky diapers), and so on.

Second, you need to make sure that all of the essentials are laid out in your nursery in a way that makes sense. You don't want to be fumbling around trying to find the changing station in the middle of the night!

Start by focusing on making sure the nursing chair, changing station, and crib are all an equal distance from each other. This is similar to the kitchen work triangle theory if you've heard that term before.

This will ensure that you're within reach of everything you could need while holding a baby, grabbing items to change him/her, and so on. Believe us, you'll be glad that you took the time to layout your items effectively. You'll get that baby happy again all the quicker!

3. Have a Signature Piece

As with any other room in your house, it's important to have a focal piece in your nursery with which you make all of your other interior design decisions around. This can be any piece that you want. It could be that comfy nursery chair that you've had your eyes on. It could be the luxurious crib that your grandfather made by hand. Whatever you wish! Having a signature piece creates momentum for the rest of the design. It makes every other decision all the easier: what color scheme you use, the other items you integrate into your nursery, the layout, everything.

The best part? You don't even have to purchase that piece just yet. If you hire K Lilia Interior Design, we can use your signature piece as inspiration for the rest of your baby's little haven. Every other feature will reflect what you love most about that signature piece.


Have you ever walked into the nursery of a friend or relative and felt overwhelmed by the design and influx of items in it? This is the precise reason why we encourage our clients to remember "KISS" which stands for "Keep It Simple, Superstar!".

Believe us, when your baby is crying from being hungry and overtired, the last thing you'll want is to feel overwhelmed by your nursery. It defeats the purpose.

Instead, focus on adding 4 or 5 components that you deem as must-haves, then add everything else on a trial and error basis. Remember, it's a learning curve for everyone at one point or another!

5. Think of the Future

Do you and your spouse plan on having more children down the line? Will the room that you're turning into a nursery remain the room of that child as they grow up? These are some of the most important questions to ask yourself.

Even if money isn't a concern, you want to think about the scalability of your home. For example, you might consider choosing a gender-neutral color for your walls, then changing out a few features for each child you have moving forward.

We're not telling you that you have to plan your entire future. Just keep it in mind as you design your new nursery!

How to Design a Nursery: Hire Professional Help

Now that you have seen some essential aspects of how to design a nursery, it's time to get the professional eye that you need!

Be sure to read this article for more information on the power of color and how to use color in your home effectively.

To get started, be sure to visit this page to book our services online. We look forward to working with you!

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