How to create big charm in a small nursery room

BIG is not always better, and nowhere is this more true than when designing your baby’s nursery. Baby’s don’t need to take up too much space in your home, and cosy is well… cosy! You can make a small nursery room beautiful and practical with planning and awesome inspiration. Browse through these ideas and photos of small baby rooms to get those creative juices flowing!

Small Nursery Room 1

Measure and plan before buying furniture.

  • It will be worthwhile measuring your small nursery room carefully before buying furniture, as they tend to look larger when they are empty.
  • Research the type of furniture you would like and make sure it fits before buying. You’ll need some space to move around even if the nursery is tiny. The last thing you want is to bring home the cot of your dreams and it doesn’t fit against the wall!

Use color to your advantage

  • Use up to 3 basic colors and a neutral background. The nursery below looks crisp and clean because the pale blue walls compliment the yellow, grey and white colors used in the nursery.
  • White furniture keeps the small nursery from feeling cluttered, as can be seen here in the cot, drawers and shelf.
  • Use stripes to give the impression of more space. Yellow stripes on the floor rug give an impression of a wider room, whilst the vertical stripes painted on the wall appear to add height.
  • Use small print on the drapes and soft furnishings. The drapes below have a beautiful pattern, yet don’t overwhelm the space.

Think comfort.

  • That oversize rocking chair looks soooo comfortable!
  • The cosy rug and cushion on the chair adds warmth and practicality – perfect for a snuggle in the middle of a cold night.
small nursery room with 3 colorsDesign: Alykhan Velji Designs

Small Nursery Room 2

Create a wow factor.

  • The wooden slats on this wall look amazing and make the nursery look wider than it is.
  • Bring natural light into the nursery. The wooden wall is dark, yet the room’s neutral colors and light furniture make it bright and happy.
  • Shelving on the wall stores toys and books without taking up any floor space.
small nursery with wooden feature wallDesign: S2 architects

Small Nursery Room 3

Add charm

  • Use a single color. The small nursery room below is all white, yet just oozes charm.
  • Find some beautiful accessories. This nursery is jam-packed full of them!

Use clever storage ideas

  • There are so many good ideas hidden in this small nursery room. The owner has created lots of storage options by using vertical space. Look at that amazing cupboard on the left, and the clever rail under the shelf for hanging tiny dresses!
Small Nursery Room in WhiteDesign: fastighetsbyran

Small Nursery Room 4

Use multi-purpose zones

  • In the nursery below the owners have used the closet as a convenient place for a change table. There is still plenty of space for baby clothes. The shelf at the top provides more space for storing diapers and other baby paraphernalia.
  • Baskets and other softer options for storage make the nursery cosy and provide much-needed storage.
small nursery room with change table closet
Design: Kate Collins Interiors

Small Nursery Room 5

Make use of closet space

  • Here the closet is used for the cot and is a huge space-saver! The bright-colored wall at the back makes the shelving and artwork pop.

small nursery room with crib in closet

Small Nursery Room 6

Keep furniture to a minimum

  • The nursery below is a tiny but beautiful space. It consists of just a crib and storage unit, yet is practical for this family.
  • The use of dark colors is bold (and contradictory to some of the tips above) but it just works! And those animals and paper ornaments are out-of-this-world gorgeous!
Pink and Brown small nursery room
Design: Jennifer Pebbles

Small Nursery Room 7

Personalize the room with gorgeous artwork.

  • Personality just shines through in this small nursery room. The vertical space has been well used to house both a closet and cube unit so floor space isn’t compromised.
  • The rug grounds the room, and the pelican artwork is so unusual.
  • Natural light floods the room, yet full drapes and a blind ensure that the nursery can be darkened during the day.
  • The change table is placed on top of the cot – yet another clever space-saver.
Source: Apartment Therapy

Are you inspired to start creating? For more ideas on nursery room decor, visit our Pinterest page, where we are collecting some beautiful ideas to help with your small nursery room.

Oh – and don’t forget – rules are meant to be broken…

Happy planning!

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