Hey there and welcome! We have been blessed with the great news that we are expecting a baby girl! And as I am now entering the third trimester, it’s time to get my butt in gear and get the nursery room set up. Over the next 6 weeks, you’ll be seeing the weekly updates as I transform the spare room into a girl’s nursery room for our baby.
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Today you are getting the first glimpse of my Girl’s Nursery Room Inspiration board! Also known as a mood board since it’s used to convey the feelings of a room and may not have the exact products. Okay, without any more delay, here it is:
Neutral Basics in the Nursery
It’s helpful to keep your big expense items gender-neutral. While yes, medical technology is amazing, you don’t fully know what your baby will be until he/she is here. Or what if your child, at the age of three decides they hate the color pink? That pink carpet is not as easy to change out as pink artwork. Here are some items that I decided to keep neutral.
The paint color chosen is Palladian Blue HC-144 by Benjamin Moore using their Aura paint which has no voc’s. I don’t want to expose myself or my baby to voc’s being emitted from the paint fumes. This color was also used in our son’s nursery. It’s a great gender-neutral option while still adding color to a room. It goes well with so many accent colors that you really can’t go wrong with it! And while it is the same color as my son’s bedroom, the rest of the room will have a vey different look. I will do a comparison between the two later on.
This off-white carpet is in the nursery currently, and it’s staying. It’s warm for our Canadian winters, stain-resistant, neutral, and lightens up the room. If you are needing to change out the flooring, stick to flooring that flows with the rest of your home, will be durable and easy to clean, and neutral to go with any furniture and accessories you pick out.
The big splurge item in the nursery is the convertible crib, which is a white-washed wood. Some other options we looked at were a warm grey and a natural wood, but not all of the convertible parts were available. The reason I wanted to keep it light though is that the dressers in the room are dark cherry wood.
There are two dressers and two end tables in this bedroom set which were the ones my husband and I purchased when we got married. Last year we renovated our master bathroom and bedroom, installed Ikea wardrobe units, and set aside our previous furniture for our next child. Our son has the original dresser set from his grandparents, which we refinished in a medium grey. Now the furniture has more meaning to it and will last them for as long as they want them.
The rocking chair in the nursery is black leather. It’s being reused from my son’s nursery. Yes, it’s another dark piece of furniture against the dark dressers, but it will be tucked alongside the crib instead. And there’s usually a blanket draped over the chair too. Here’s a similar rocking chair to what’s being used.
Playing With Accent Decor
There are so many area rug options at great prices! It’s something that you could keep neutral or go for a bold pattern and print. This area rug by Lorena Canals was used in the first nursery and will be used again. It is machine washable and lasts a long time!
To save some money we’re reusing the Aqua Keekaroo Peanut changing pad from the first nursery. It’s easy to clean and sanitize, which was really important to me. I throw a burp cloth down on it so it doesn’t feel as cold on the baby’s back, but otherwise, it’s a since to clean up after diaper change surprises. You can also use a regular changing station, and have fun with patterned pad covers. There’s a lot of fun fabric options on Amazon like this floral set.
Curtains and Window Covers
You want the blackout option. Trust me. Whether you do a blind in the window or curtains or both, you will want it to be fully blackout to help baby sleep as long as they can so you can too. In the nursery, there are blackout horizontal blinds in the windows, but I am also installing these room darkening curtains over top. They come in a variety of color and pattern options too.
There is a difference between room darkening and blackout. If possible you want them to specify Blackout. Room darkening will still let some light filter through the fabric. Blackout fabrics often have a secondary solid backing on them to prevent any light from getting through the material.
Sheets and Blankets
You’re going to want backup sheets. Why not make them fun and colorful? They aren’t a permanent item and will be changed up regularly. Having 3 is a good idea if there’s more than one midnight clean-up required. Also, investing in a water, mold, and mildew-resistant crib mattress is a great idea, like this one. I like having different patterns and colors for crib sheets that will work with the room scheme, such as these colorful sheets. And a lot of times you can get crib sheets to match your changing pad covers.
While you won’t have your baby sleeping with a blanket right away, you’ll still want a baby blanket for laying them on the floor and for when they get older. Swaddles and muslin blankets also come in fun patterns and colors to suit any nursery theme.
This is the part where we are diverting away from gender-neutral. To make the room more feminine (my personal design preference so I really enjoy the room), the decor will be more whimsical. I will be doing some of my own paintings again, as well as combining large floral patterns, plants, woodland creatures, and different wood tones. My vision is for a boho-garden vibe.
It started off with this paper flower wall art design by Partygraphicstudiofl on Etsy.
And with this boho rainbow print, which is no longer available but was made by Radar Rustics on Etsy.
Really have fun with the home decor. It’s temporary and far less expensive to change out in a few years. Play with wallpapers, walls with an accent paint color, fun prints, and different textures. Babies love feeling different textures! Having a combination of soft throw blankets, wicker baskets, and macrame gives you easy access to introduce a variety of textures to your baby.
Fun lighting, Monograms, baskets, coordinating hangers, there are really so many ways you can add little touches and personality to an otherwise neutral room. It’s fun to add baby pieces from your own childhood too if there’s any kicking around still. I created these rainbow lamps from a set we inherited. They are so fun and quite easy to diy.
Another product I love to add to any room, nursery included, is some plants and greenery. They could be real or fake- not a bad idea if the blinds will be closed the majority of the time. Succulents are cute and easy to maintain. Larger plants/mini trees are a great way to fill spaces. I would love to tuck an olive tree into the nursery if I can make it fit. Perhaps behind the rocking chair?
Coming Together Over The Next Few Weeks
I hope you are also inspired by the moodboard for our girl’s nursery room. Over the next few weeks you’ll see the room transform as it gets painted, furniture gets added, and finally, the decorative touches are put in place. It’s exciting to be working on the room, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. It won’t look exactly like the items in the inspiration board since there’ll be a lot of diy projects. But the vision is set and the goal in mind as we work towards the end.
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