Before you embark on the oh-so-exciting task of decorating your baby’s nursery, it pays to think ahead. After all, one day your newborn will grow into a preschooler who will inevitably have tastes and opinions of his or her own.
And unless you want to chuck everything and start from scratch, designing an “age neutral” nursery can make a lot of sense (and save you a little money).
Here are 8 ways to design a nursery that will grow with your child:
1. When choosing a color palette, think beyond the traditional baby pink and baby blue. Bright colors like aqua blue, lime green, and tangerine are fun for babies, yet sophisticated enough to suit an older child.
2. Or, think about combining traditional baby colors with more mature hues, such as brown or taupe. Pink & brown and blue & khaki nurseries are gorgeous yet more sophisticated.
3. If you’re designing your nursery for the long haul, definitely opt for paint rather than wallpaper. Painted walls can be easily re-painted but it’s difficult to remove old wallpaper. As far as color, neutral colors are more timeless. Cream, white, taupe and beige all work well as backdrops to any room, allowing you to introduce other colors through bedding and room décor that can be easily swapped out later.
4. Or, you can use prepasted cutouts on your wall to form a freestyle border (try Wallies). You just wet them and place them wherever you want. So much easier and more flexible than wallpaper or decorative borders, wall decals are easy to remove when your 6 year old starts to object to the cute little fish swimming around his room because he wants skateboards instead.
5. Use inexpensive decorative pillows, wall art, curtains and rugs that you can easily replace with pieces reflecting your child’s tastes as she grows. Just make sure not to put the pillows in the baby’s crib.
6. Buy convertible furniture or pieces that can be used differently as your child grows. For instance, a dresser can double as a changing table by simply adding a 4-sided foam changing pad found at any baby store. And, the rising popularity of cribs that convert to twin beds make it easier than ever before to find a style, and price point, that suits you. And make sure to purchase full-sized furniture instead of miniature versions often sold for nurseries.
7. Use bulletin boards to display your toddler’s drawings while he’s young and his favorite posters as he gets older. This will also prevent holes in the walls.
8. Forgo themes and go with more sophisticated crib bedding. Carousel Designs offers several gorgeous, age-neutral bedding designs that combine sophisticated fabrics and textures and will stand the test of time. And because we sell all of our fabrics by the yard, you can have additional items made to customize your baby’s room now, and later and she grows!
Readers, are there any tricks to designing an “age-neutral” nursery that you’ve discovered?