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Fun and fresh nursery without breaking the bank


When I was pregnant with my second son, I really enjoyed designing and decorating his nursery.  I wanted to create a fun and fresh room without breaking the bank.  Here are some tips and ideas I gathered along the way:

  • To get started, select the atmosphere you want the room to radiate.  In other words, how do you want the room to feel?  Do you want a gender neutral room with mostly whites or do cheerful colors speak to you?  Have you always wanted a safari animal or nautical theme?  If so, use your penchant as a starting point.  You can always get ideas from Pinterest and websites like Project Nursery.
  • Select a color scheme of 2-3 colors and select the brightest color as your “pop” color. For this room, I chose gray, blue, and pops of yellow, with natural wood accents.
  • To save money, use items that you may already have around the house for the baby’s room.  My son’s nursery used to be the guest room, so I reused the bedside table.  I bought a new yellow and white chevron lamp shade for under $10 for a lamp we already own to put on top of the table.  Instead of buying a rocker, I repurposing a living room chair for nursing and story time.


Repurposed living room accent chair for the baby room
  • Steer away from the baby decor aisles of big box stores to avoid the amateur mistake of strictly following a specific theme.  By using a looser motif, you can more easily transition the baby room into a toddler room that incorporates your child’s future interests and hobbies.
  • Sketch out the furniture layout of the room to make sure everything will fit before buying furniture.  We reused this affordable clean and modern white crib that belonged to my older son and dressed it up with new crib sheets and bedskirt to go with the room’s color schemes.


Ikea Sundvik white crib, gray elephant crib sheets, and chevron gray and white bed skirt (on sale for $14.99)

  • Use curtains to add colors and visual interest to the room.  We didn’t end up painting the room, so we used a set of blue gingham blackout curtains to add some much needed color to the room.  The curtains we used are no longer available but these striped ones are a nice alternative.
Pottery Barn Kids blackout curtains
  • Use sentimental items as decor, such as a painting or an old toy that belonged to your spouse.  We have a baby rocker that belonged to my son’s grandfather that is pretty special to us.  We used these affordable wall shelves to display little knick-knacks.


  • The room should be practical as well as attractive.  Incorporate storage solutions to hide all the necessities like diapers, wipes, and diaper pail refills.  Because kids clothes do not take up much vertical space in the closet, I placed a six-cube organizer shelf inside the closet to maximize space.  You can fit lots of things in these 13×13 inches fabric cube storage bins.  They come in many different colors and patterns.  I even had room for these gray and white woven baskets above the shelf to organize clothes by size.  Because babies outgrow clothes so quickly, I like having pre-washed clothes in these baskets for easy access when needed.



  • Most importantly, make it a comfortable space that you will enjoy spending quality time with your baby.  Include throws, pillows, and rugs to add coziness and warmth to the room.  Don’t forget to include your favorite picture of your baby.


Happy decorating!

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7 thoughts on “Fun and fresh nursery without breaking the bank

  1. I love the idea of putting an organizer in the bottom 1/2 of the closet. It is not like my son needs space for long formal gowns to hang. I will have to use this great idea. Thanks Melissa for your practical advice!

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