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Project Nursery: Small Space Nursery Design

Working with a little room for your little one? Learn tips and tricks to help open up your nursery space and make it a welcoming and warm room for your new baby. We have insights and advice from design expert, Sherri Blum Schuchart of Jack and Jill Interiors Inc. (www.jackandjillinteriors.com).

Expert Tips for Small Spaces

A large majority of the nurseries I design are actually the smallest bedroom in the home,” says design expert Sharri Blum Schuchart a certified designer at Jack and Jill Interiors Inc. (www.jackandjillinteriors.com). If you, too, are working with a small space for your newest family member, use Schuchart’s simple tips to help create a beautiful nursery that will easily grow with your child.

Make a Small Space Look Big

  • Stick to the essentials
    In small nurseries, this means a crib, dresser and comfortable chair. Don’t clutter the floor with toy boxes, baskets, cubbies and bookcases.
  • Use one color or pattern for all four walls.
    In smaller spaces, different color walls draw the eye inward and close up a room visually, Schuchart says.
  • Use lighter, paler colors or wallpaper on the walls and the ceiling.
    “A small room doesn’t need to be all white and boring, but lighter colors will give the illusion of light in the space and the room will feel more open,” says Schuchart. Keep things interesting by using one color or wallpaper on the walls and a contrasting or complimentary color on the ceiling.
  • Vertical stripes
    Can help make a room feel bigger by visually opening and widening the room.

Double Duty Tricks & Tips

  • Invest in a comfy nursing chair.
    “A quality chair can be quite an investment, so I advise clients to purchase a chair that can later be moved to another room of the home, such as a family room or master bedroom,” says Schuchart. Thinking ahead, choose fabric that will work well in other rooms of the home.
  • Skip a traditional changing table
    Instead, purchase a dresser and add a changing table topper. (Ensure that it’s properly fixed to the back of the dresser for baby’s safety during changing times.) As baby grows, move the topper, and you have a beautiful dresser that can grow with the child through teen years.
  • If space allows, add an armoire.
    Use it to house hanging clothes, blankets and more for baby. Later, it can serve as a computer or homework station — in addition to a backup closet — for your child.
  • Look for a double-duty desk.
    Use it as a vanity, with a mirror placed atop it. This works well if as the child grows and he or she shares a bathroom with siblings, or a bathroom or dressing area is limited.
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