Coming up with a nursery theme is a big decision. There are so many directions you can take your theme. Some go for a more adult sophisticated look while others like to bring in a little bit of whimsical styling to the decor. My husband and I went back and forth on a few ideas and landed on a nautical themed nursery. We wanted some fun sea creature elements without going too overboard on the design.
I’m not going to lie. There were times designing this space brought on a lot of frustration for me. With working full time I didn’t really get to start piecing things together until I started maternity leave a few weeks before my due date. From items being on back order, decor being out of stock, and overall decisions to be made there were some moments I had to walk away from the space and come back another day with a fresh new perspective.
Overall I love how Noah’s nursery turned out and it has quickly become one of my favorite rooms in the house. I am so excited to share our nursery reveal post today! Here are all the details about our nautical themed nursery!
Crib | Breathable Mattress | Mudcloth Pillow Cover | Pillow Cover with Stripes | Nautical Boat Print | Octopus Print | White Frames | Boat Bookcase | Stuffed Octopus | Little Man Cave Whale Sign | Wooden Boat | Wooden Blocks
Things to Keep in Mind when Designing a Nursery
Whether you are going with a specific theme or maybe just sticking to a color palette, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help with the process.
Start a Pinterest Board
If you are familiar with Pinterest then you know this is a great way to collect interior design ideas. Start by creating a nursery board and pinning all your favorite inspiration. This will help you narrow down your ideas and decide on the best theme for your little one.
Once you’ve made a decision you can start another board or use the same board to focus solely on that theme. From here you can begin to pick out all the specific pieces you love for your nursery.
Choose Paint Last
Lucky for us, paint comes in a variety of colors. To create a more cohesive design you will want to focus on the textiles and decor first. Concentrate on finding the perfect bedding, curtains, and pieces for the nursery first. Matching paint to the decor is much easier than the other way around.
Nursing and Feeding Station
Whether you are nursing or bottle feeding, you will most likely be spending a lot of time in one spot during those newborn months. Depending on the space you are working with, you will want to create a corner where you can relax during feeding. Having a comfortable rocking chair and a table to set supplies (like water and a snack) will help get you through those beginning months.
Your baby is going to need to be changed. A lot. There are some different options when it comes to a changing station. Some parents buy a specific changing table where they can store diapers, wipes, and all the essentials. Other parents invest in a dresser that their child can use as they continue to grow. Placing a changing pad on top of the dresser and using the top drawers to store essentials is a great option.
Melatonin is a hormone that is released in response to darkness. Throughout the first year you are going to find that in order for you baby to nap during the day, you will have the most success if you are able to create a dark space for them. Investing in some quality blackout shades, blinds, or even thicker curtains will help a ton.
Depending on where you live you may not be able to see some of the furniture or decor in person. Reading online reviews will help you sift through to find those quality purchases.
Final Thoughts about our Nautical Themed Nursery
At the end of the day your baby really only needs the essentials. A safe place to sleep, diapers, some clothing, and bottles or mom (depending on your feeding choice). Designing a nursery can be so much fun, but most of the items won’t get used for a long time. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, it is okay to take a step back and revisit the planning process another day.
Have fun and enjoy the process. Your little one will be here before you know it and the nursery will come together exactly how it should.
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Krissy lives in California with her family of three that make up “The Hadicks.” With a passion for research and helping others, The Hadicks was developed as a resource for other parents and parents-to-be!