For expectant parents, one of the most exciting things to do is to decorate the kids room. It’s the ultimate exercise in blending form and function in a comfortable space for your child. With so many cool items out there – like plush rocking chairs, whimsical wallpaper, and floating bookshelves – it’s understandable if you’re confused about where to start.
Enters Brigan Jenan interior designer and HGTV star who also knows a thing or two about outfitting a nursery — she designed Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin MikitaA charming gender-neutral space. We asked her to share her most useful nursery design tips for parents with 2022 trends in mind, too.
“As a mother of two, I know the importance of having a practical and stylish nursery,” Jane says.
But before you even start looking at kids’ furniture and accessories, Jane suggests picking a theme and sticking to a color palette.
“The biggest mistake I see of new parents when they’re designing a nursery is trying to do too much,” Jane says.
Plan ahead by choosing a paint or wallpaper color for the walls. Then you can incorporate useful nursery items like the crib, changing table, and blackout curtains that go with your theme.
Wondering which design direction to head to? Take a page from Jane, and try using the following trends in the mix. Here’s how to approach designing a beautiful kid-friendly room like a pro.
1. Sophisticated colors
Jane recommends creating a room that can grow with your child over the years. When choosing a wall color, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and choose a more complex hue of light blue, light pink or bright yellow.
“Choosing more complex shades like lavender instead of pink, teal instead of light blue, or even neutral colors like black, white, and gray can often make it easier for your bedroom to blend in with the design style of the rest of your home,” Jane says.
2. Multipurpose Furniture
Flexible spaces have been popular for a while now, and in nurseries, the trend translates into multipurpose furniture and accessories. Bring pieces that do double duty so the room is centered around both the child and the caregiver.
An item like the ottoman can be more than just a piece for your child to hold on to while practicing their standing skills. It can also provide storage space to store toys or even clothes that your child has outgrown.
If you have the space, bring a sofa bed. During the day, it will provide you with a comfortable place to sit while you play. You can use it as a guest bed when your baby is still sleeping in your room.
3. Accent wall
Make one wall in the nursery stand out by highlighting a different paint color, wallpaper, or art group.
This accent wall, Jane says, “will allow the child to grow with the room’s visual presentation and not limit the space with a particular growth or development period.”
The set of mirrors can also act as a stylish wall and will help make the room appear larger.
4. Personal touches
Your child is unique, so why not reflect that nursery décor?
“I love the idea of taking pieces like handprints or even scribblings and finger-drawing ‘masterpieces’ as the child gets older, and displaying them in identical frames across the room,” Jane says.
Make a sentimental wall art from a piece of the outfit your newborn wore back home from the hospital. This can be done by selecting a simple black or white shade frame and installing a stand inside.
The key to keeping it together? Matching photo frames.
“I have my children’s works displayed in identical frames, which is a beautiful and personal addition,” Jane says.
5. Nature-inspired prints
Bringing the outdoors indoors is another popular home décor trend, and realizing this concept in a nursery setting means decorating with nature-inspired prints.
Choose crib sheets, pillows, artwork, or an area rug that features a fun animal print, pastel floral, or outdoor scene. For example, if you’re the family member who loves camping, consider the Mountain and Tree Crib Sheets ($9.94, Walmart).