The first thing to remember when you begin to decorate a nursery for your new baby is that you are doing it mostly for yourself. Your infant is not going to know or care if the furniture matches or what theme or color you decide to use. There are, however, some things to remember as you begin to decorate your nursery.

Choosing Furniture

The most important piece of furniture in your nursery is the bed. Consider spending the majority of your budget on this one piece of furniture.


Since you are decorating on a budget, you should definitely consider purchasing a convertible bed. You can find one at about the same price as a crib. There are many advantages to having a convertible bed for your baby:

  • A convertible crib is safe.

It used to be that a baby’s crib had a drop-down side for convenience. However, these types of cribs were banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as they were considered a safety hazard because they resulted in infant deaths. With a convertible baby crib, all four sides are attached firmly with an option of letting the mattress be at different heights.

  • A convertible crib can be used for many years.

A convertible crib grows with your child. These beds convert to a toddler bed with or without sides, and some can even convert to a bed sufficient in size for your teenager.

  • A convertible crib is versatile.

A crib, is a crib, is a crib. But a convertible crib can be used for your toddler, then for your school aged child, and as a daybed for your teenager. It can even be used in a guest room. Then, if necessary, it can change back into a crib if you have another addition to your family. Plus, convertible cribs come in many styles and colors making so it is easy to use anywhere an extra bed is required.

Try for multi-use pieces of furniture. A low dresser can also serve as a changing table. Baby clothes don’t usually need to be hung, so consider shelving for closet storage for linens, diapers, and other necessities. Since baby clothes are small, a stacking plastic storage tower with pull out drawers will fit nicely in the closet and may make a dresser unnecessary.

Painting the Nursery

Paint walls of the nursery with a no-VOC paint. VOC stands for volatile organic compound, hazardous materials which can emit toxic chemicals. Also consider hypoallergenic paint. You want a safe and healthy nursery for your new baby.

When it comes to color, consider the following:

  • Your baby can perceive the entire color spectrum by 2 to 3 months old.
  • Psychologically, yellow stimulates learning, increases concentration, and provides feelings of happiness and joy.
  • White softens a room, and wood increases the warmth of a room.
  • Orange is a nurturing color with associations of warmth and fulfillment.
  • Green provides natural serenity, along with feelings of balance and well-being.
  • If you combine both stimulating and soothing color elements in a baby’s room, you gain emotional balance.
  • A neutral color in a baby’s room easily transitions as your child gets older.

Taking all of the above into consideration, here are some possible color combinations:

  • For a girl’s room:

White with orange trim and pink or salmon

Light green and pink

Moss green with turquoise or teal

Dark sea green with pale pink or baby pink

  • For a boy’s room:

Orange with light neutrals – light brown or gray

Orange and blue – consider denim blue

Light green and navy

If you choose to paint walls a color, try for the lightest shade you can find. My eldest daughter hated pink as an adult. When she was a toddler, we moved into a house with yellow carpet in her bedroom. I made pink and white checked curtains with yellow daisies. Then, I painted the walls pink. Not just any pink, but a very bright pink which she referred to as Pepto Bismol pink.

I learned my lesson. Our blue bedroom is the lightest shade of blue possible without actually being white. I also love an extremely light yellow, as it looks like sun-lit white walls – great in a kitchen.


It is amazing how quickly your baby becomes a toddler and your toddler starts school. Try decorating in a style that will grow with your child. If you choose a children’s bed and room colour that your growing child will like, you can inexpensively change accessories to change the theme. Some nursery accessories that are not terribly expensive and can be replaced to change to a more mature theme later are:

  • Lamps
  • Pictures or prints
  • Spreads and blankets
  • Sheet sets
  • Stencils
  • Throw rugs
  • Curtain panels

Keep your decorating simple and functional and you will find it is not difficult to decorate a nursery for a reasonable amount of money that will grow as your child does. Remember, your baby is not going to care what the room likes until they grow older. Going for comfort, safety, and a restful, soothing environment will add to your child’s emotional development. Happiness and safety do not need to be expensive.





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