Nursery design tips: Yeah, we’ve got those covered. Because if you know us even a little bit, you know that nurseries are one of our favorite design challenges. Sorry living rooms! From balancing fun and function to living up to a parent-to-be’s design vision, every nursery design project is unique.

In Part I of Havenly Designer Ann F.’s Nursery Design Story, we got an enticing look into the first steps of the project. Ann outlined some of her design considerations, such as centering the design around a bold and beautiful wallpaper choice – something that made her feel like she was stepping out of her design comfort zone.

In Part II of this Design Story, we’re delighted to share photography of the finished space as well as 3 tips for a fabulous nursery design.

3 Decorating Tips From Ann’s Nursery Design Story

Tip 1: Design For Light Control

Nursery design tip 1: Design for light control.

If your newest family member complains about the nursery’s design in their first few months, please give us a call – we’d love to meet them! But chances are, your kiddo will be oblivious to your decor choices. They will, however, notice those pesky rays of light disturbing their naps.

Ann’s nursery uses whimsical interior window shutters to control light. But curtains with a blackout liner could work just as well.

Step 2: Design Outside The Box

Nursery design tip 2: Design outside the box
Give yourself something pretty to look at during the hours you'll spend in your nursery!

You’re going to spend a heckuva lot of time in this room. Don’t feel like you have to play it safe in every aspect of your nursery design. Those long hours in the glider or rocker will be that much easier when you’ve got something pretty to look at.

We love how Ann added visual interest and texture to the space with a bold tree-patterned wallpaper and tree stump table lamp. While these hints of nature might not necessarily be your thing, a wallpaper accent wall or unique decor choice could be just the thing you need to bring a sense of excitement to your space.

Tip 3: Everything Is Storage!

Nursery Design Tip 3: Everything is storage!

The dresser changing table combo is an amazing space saver

You can never design too much storage into any space, especially a nursery! Can you spot three of the clever storage elements designed into this gorgeous nursery?

  • Wainscoting Shelves – these splendidly elevated shelves are the perfect place to store toys, books and other nursery essentials in a spot that’s out of your direct line of sight.
  • Suitcase Decor – storing items like diapers, baby wipes, cables and chargers for various nursery tech in a clever piece of functional decor will keep your nursery from feeling cluttered.
  • Dresser & Changing Table Combo – Traditional changing tables are out, multi-purpose storage solutions are in!


Check out Part I of Ann’s Nursery Design to read our interview with her and shop for some of the products she used to decorate her space. As always, feel free to let us know what you think of this space in the comments below!



Where did the wallpaper come from, I LOVE it!


It’s from Artfully Walls – and WE LOVE IT TOO!


Nice sharing. You could also take a look of Furnishr They have some great designs as well!


Great photos. What did you use?


We worked with Melissa Mills to capture these photographs:


Don’t forget to include safety in your design plans! Before you know it, baby is pulling up on drawer knobs and then … opening drawers and climbing. Make sure any new storage furniture meets the furniture industry’s voluntary stability standard (look for the warning label inside a top drawer). Then use the supplied tip restraints to anchor it to the wall.


Thanks. I’ll check her site out.


Where is the crib from? Love it!


What color is that dresser? Is it the ‘white stain’ or ‘white’?


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