Nursery Essentials

I like to think of a nursery as a space where a mother gets to spend special time with her baby and where little children can imagine and play. When I’m designing a space for little ones, I like to include a few key elements that make the space pretty, practical and comfortable for both mom and baby. Today, I’m sharing some great examples of nursery essentials that make for beautiful designs and how to get the look in your own home.

Nursery Essentials
Via – Design Mandy Reeves

Soft and Subtle paint colors: This pretty nursery has a gorgeous blush foundation. The white ceiling and pale pink walls make for a dreamy combination. It sets the tone for the rest of the rooms design. For beautiful blush tone paint options visit my Blush Pink Paint Guide here.

Nursery Essentials

Pretty Storage Solutions: These woven African style baskets are a great option for holding nursery toys and treasures and they add a lot of style and texture.

Nursery Essentials
Via – Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Unique Accessories and Art: I love the pop of color in this space from this deep emerald green stool. With a neutral design some colorful accents can add a lot of personality. A nursery is a great place to accessorize with stools, greenery and fun visuals for the imagination.

Nursery Essentials
Via – Designer – Kathy Kuo

Fun Textiles: This gorgeous, sophisticated nursery design by Kathy Kuo has the perfect spot to cuddle up and share a good book. The reading nook is plush with neutral textiles in fun prints. With a simple grey and white palette, she blended a mix of ikat and animal prints for fresh new look.

Tip: Have fun with textiles when designing your nursery. Prints can incorporate you and your child’s favorite shapes, animals and colors. It’s a great way to include their favorite things into the design.

Nursery Essentials
Via – Allie Lindsey Photography  – Wallpaper

The Rocker: Every nursery needs a place to take a seat while comforting baby to sleep. Now days rocking chairs come in amazing new styles. From classic to plush upholstered and modern designs, their is a rocker to fit every design and space. I love the draped faux fur here to soften the plastic style chair. It’s a creative way to incorporate a modern look while maintaining a cozy vibe.

Via – Designer Sharon Montrose

Crib and Rug: Two of the most important elements in any nursery are the crib and a rug. There isn’t very much furniture in a nursery, so the crib really makes a statement and can define the space. I like to look for cribs with minimal, clean lines. This more modern look can work well in transitional and modern spaces.

The rug in a nursery generally isn’t large, but can have a big impact. It can be soft and delicate in color or bold and fun. But it’s essential in making the space feel cohesive and complete. I love the unique print of this black and white flatweave rug in this space. It adds some interest while blending with the overall design.

Mint Arrow pink and gold bohemian nursery
View more pictures of this Nursery here.

Pretty Lighting: The right light fixture makes all the difference in a nursery. It has a more intimate look and feel that other pendants and chandeliers, but really adds to the character in the space. For the nursery above, I chose a wood beaded chandelier for a soft, coastal look. But nursery lighting can have metal shine, a vintage vibe or a bohemian feel. Find something unique that will create a relaxing mood for a restful space.

Thank you for joining me to learn more about nursery essentials.  To get the look see below. Have a wonderful Friday!



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18 Great Nursery Rugs

Storage, Poufs and Ottomans

Art and Wall Hangings

Lighting and Drapes


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