Isn’t my son’s nursery just GORGEOUS? 😍 I love how fresh and clean the gray and white combo is. I thought I’d share with you how we created this nursery! All though babies are small, they require a ton of stuff! So having a small room can be a challenge!
We actually have two extra bedrooms in our house and we chose the smaller one for a couple reasons.
- It’s directly across from our room
- The bigger room we use as a guest bedroom
- Small rooms mean less space to fill up with junk!
There were several things we knew we had to have in our nursery. A crib, a changing pad, and a rocking chair. The closet is very small so we really wanted a dresser with good storage too for clothes, blankets, spit up clothes and space to stock up on extra diapers and wipes. We also wanted it to be neutral since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl at the time! I bet you can’t tell this room used to be pink. 😉
The first thing we did was paint! We painted this room gray because frankly I have an obsession with gray walls. I love neutral colored walls and I feel like this looks so fresh and clean compared to tan or beige! I also love how well it reflects light and brightens up a room!
When choosing your paint color, know that light colors reflect more light and make a room look bigger. Dark colors make rooms look smaller. So if you are already dealing with a small space, paint it a nice light color so it seems bigger!
After we painted we put in the carpet. The carpet is also grey and it’s soooo soft. This was actually the WORST step because the company that installed it has the worst customer service ever. Seriously, I’m still getting over it. The carpet itself is great though and it looks absolutely beautiful!
After the carpet was in, it was time to assemble the furniture! My husband and my brother set up the crib and the dresser. Both are from IKEA and both are awesome! The crib was so affordable, too! Way cheaper than anywhere else. The dresser was a little more expensive but it had the perfect amount of storage and doubles as a changing table.
The rocker I had bought when we moved in so me moved that up into the nursery as well. This one is from Walmart and it’s a glider combo with a foot stool. It is so comfy and has great back support! I highly recommend it!
I think the hard part was arranging the furniture once it was up there. The dresser, because it’s so big, could only go in two spots. I really wanted to be able to peak at the crib through the door, and the rocker has to be so far from the wall so it won’t scratch the paint. For several days I kept dragging the furniture around to see how I liked it! I also really didn’t want anything in the middle of the floor. I’m super clumsy and didn’t want to trip over anything in the dark.
When you are arranging your furniture, make sure the crib is in a safe place. Cribs should not be placed in front of a window or over top of an air vent. Windows are dangerous because of the temperature (you probably don’t know if it’s too drafty), pull cords from blinds, or if in a storm the window breaks you don’t want your baby anywhere near it! Air vents are dangerous because of temperature, too. You also don’t want anything too close the baby will be able to grab and pull in the crib.
It’s also a good idea to have a lamp or a softer light you can turn on instead of the over head light. The lamp in the back corner creates a nice soft glow and I have it hooked up to the light switch. That way I can turn it on when he is sleeping and check on him without blasting him awake with light.
The only decorations we hung up was his name above the crib. My father-in-law painted the letters white and we hung them up with command strips. It looks awesome!
One more tip: DO NOT SPEND A WHOLE TON OF MONEY AND TIME ON THE NURSERY. Also don’t stress about getting it done in time. Seriously, your baby will not even use it until they are like 6 months old. Decorating the nursery is more fun for the parents than anything! 😊
So what do you think?
Stay tuned for a closet and dresser organization post! 😊
What are your baby nursery must-haves? Also check out my post about my top 5 favorite newborn products!