It starts out with a few pins on your Pinterest board , and while you’re at it, you start following blogs of baby designers for a little more inspiration. Maybe your sister or Grandma-to-be give you a few pointers. And then there’s input from Dad-to-be… before you know it, a fun process starts to feel a little more overwhelming and a bit stressful as you try and incorporate everyone’s input and determine what’s really needed in baby’s space.
Relax momma-to-be! Put your feet up and grab whatever snack you’re craving – Naomi Alon from Little Crown Interiors was so kind and stopped by ‘The Peaceful Parent’ to answer a few questions associated with designing the perfect space for baby. Naomi Alon is the founder of Little Crown Interiors, an interior design studio for nurseries and children's spaces, and author of the Your Perfect Nursery eBook. She has designed and consulted on over 100 projects for new parents and expanding families across the country. Naomi works directly with her clients to ensure a result that is not only beautiful and well designed, but also functional, comfortable, safe and that always feels like home.
What are some of your favorite nursery trends?
There have been so many nursery trends come and go over the years that I have been designing, but one of my favorites that’s still going strong is the wallpaper accent wall. There are so many companies offering removable or temporary wallpaper now that people are no longer afraid of the dreaded wallpaper removal issue. Another trend I’m loving is the use of metallics, like bronze, rose gold, brass, etc. Decor companies have really expanded the types of metal finishes available making it so easy to pick and choose from lots of fun metallic options.
Do you think these trends will transition well with baby as he/she gets older?
That’s the great thing about both of the trends mentioned above - they will certainly transition. Most parents are choosing more “adult” patterns and themes nowadays and going with wallpaper patterns that can be transitioned into a more mature design. Also, with the removable wallpaper options, it can just be peeled right off if the room needs a makeover. Metallics are such a classic that they will always be in style and can be mixed into any space, from juvenile to adult.
What are some of your favorite nursery decor items?
I love using mirrors in nursery spaces. The nursery is often the smallest room in the house, and using a mirror is a great way to help open up the room and bounce light around. There are also so many beautiful mirrors out there that it can serve as a piece or art as well. I also love using bold patterned rugs. Babies are messy, and by using a patterned rug with multiple colors in it, you can hide stains while adding a statement piece to your nursery design.
How do you incorporate storage into nursery decor?
Storage is very important in every nursery design. My advice is to try to make the best use of the pieces you have. If you’re going to purchase a dresser, choose the largest size that fits properly in the space to take advantage of the drawer space. Consider a crib that has a storage drawer. Choose pieces that are dual-purpose, like an ottoman or bench that also has storage. You can also make use of vertical storage, like bookshelves, wall hooks, and wall ledges.