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From the Design Files of Heather B – Bedroom for Baby-to-Be

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Design Question

Hi Heather,

I need your help. My husband and I were enchanted my different pieces of furniture that have different colors, such as a white crib (the best we could afford, but they only have it in white), a cute dresser in lilac, yellow and a bit of pinkish on the top (which will be almost all covered by the changing table), and a rocking chair in pine color with a blue cushion that a friend gave us to help us save money. The walls of our little princess-to-be’s bedroom are light yellow, and the floor is light hardwood. We don’t have too much money to spend on buying more/new baby nursery furniture, but we could paint the walls and change the chair’s cushion, but I have no clue about what to do. Please, help us.

(Desperate) Mom-to-be Cris H.

Design Answer

Hi Cris,

Congratulations on the new edition to your family! This is an exciting time for you and your husband and one of the best ways to welcome your little princess is to design a nursery for her.

It sounds like you are off to a great start by selecting baby nursery furniture pieces that are pleasing to you. So, don’t stress out; you’re on the right track. There are some simple things you can do to bring all of the current elements in the room together – and they don’t have to cost a lot.

a) Pick a theme. Choosing a theme for your baby’s bedroom is a quick and inexpensive way of connecting the different elements in the room. The theme could be anything that interests or inspires you such as rainbows, butterflies, a particular nursery rhyme, the alphabet or characters from children’s literature like Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland or The Wind and the Willows.

b) You said you’d be willing to paint the walls – I would. While the color looks all right on its own, it’s too close in tone to both the dresser and the floor. I suggest a yellow that is a couple of shades lighter than what is now in the nursery; one that is more lemon or sun than sand or gold. It might be different in “real life” but based on the picture that you included, the current wall color seems to make the room seem smaller.

c) Buy crib bedding that matches the theme you picked and will complement the wall color in the room.

d) If the cushion color doesn’t go with the nursery bedding, I would replace if with a cover that does.

e) I would purchase an area rug for either the rocker area or by the crib. Don’t forget that this is “your” room too since you will also be spending as much time here as your baby will. Making the baby’s bedroom comfortable for you as well is important too.

f) If you have the budget for it, I also suggest you change the window treatment to match or complement the new wall color and the bedding.

Thanks for writing in. I hope this was helpful. Let me know how it turns out.

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