5 Ways to Make Decorating Your Nursery Less Overwhelming

Decorating a nursery can always be a daunting task. With so many paint options, “themes,” and an overload of inspiration, it can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.


Of course, the other reality is cost. It’s easy to find beautiful inspiration but realize quickly that your budget doesn’t allow room for major, fancy purchases.

There is something special about the “nesting” feeling of putting a nursery together before little one comes along. As I was expecting my first, I felt like decorating the nursery was my way of wrapping my mind around the thought that “I” was about to be a mom. It was a way to put a pinch of order in my racing mind and know that when Soren came into the world he would have a place to call his own, even if he didn’t use it for the first couple months.

So, how do you get inspired to put together a beautiful nursery? Where should you start? Here are a few tips.

1. Decide how you want to organize your ideas. First things first: You’ll want a place to collect all of your ideas and thoughts. As you are inspired, you’ll need easy access to something you can write down an idea or save a photo. I love using sites like Pinterest to store all of my ideas for a specific room. You can make notes on the photo before pinning it to keep track of your ideas! Another great way is to use a note taking app on your phone and jot down ideas that come to you. If you’re the pen and paper type, try using a notebook to store photos, paint swatches, and ideas. Start this process early on so that when you get ready to start decorating you have everything in one place and lots of inspiration!

2. Don’t assume that you need a rigid theme. A lot of people feel that they need to settle on a nursery “theme” — maybe something like bumblebees or airplanes? While this certainly isn’t a wrong way to decorate the nursery, it’s not the only way. Maybe go with a theme that’s subtle? For example, if you like “Finding Nemo,” maybe you paint the room using color inspiration from the movie and hang ocean-themed photos, and then add a Nemo or a Dory here and there. :) Another way to take a theme is to do a non-theme. Maybe you just decorate the nursery using a more kid-friendly version of your personal style? Maybe you use a color or shape as a theme? Or maybe you make it abstract like “camping under the stars” or “Americana!” Have fun with it, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

3. Look at your favorite things. Do you have a special blanket or piece of art that really stands out that you love? Use that as the main inspiration piece and build around it! Match colors, patterns, and textures that compliment that inspiration piece. Get creative!

4. Be open to inspiration from anywhere. Inspiration is everywhere, if you look. You don’t have to grab a baby magazine to find inspiration for a nursery. Look at other magazines, your favorite blogs, your favorite places, children’s books. There are so many fun avenues of inspiration to pursue!

5. Give yourself time! Being rushed and not giving yourself enough time can be a huge inspiration crusher. If possible, start the process early and decorate slowly over time. To save money, DIY some of the projects, take time to thrift unique pieces, or hunt down a great sale. You want this to be fun and enjoyable, NOT stressful and overwhelming. So have FUN!

Enjoy decorating, beautiful mama!

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