This is why all to-be-built new homes provide an opportunity to add your signature touches and many of our floor plans offer a bonus room. A flexible space that opens up a world of possibilities. One of the most popular uses for a bonus room is setting up a fun nursery for a baby on the way. If you’re expecting and looking for inspiration, this is the post for you!
Let’s explore 6 gorgeous nurseries crafted by our talented design team for model homes.
Houston Real Estate Goes Zebras for Zoos
Animal lovers can get their little ones interested in wildlife from a young age by filling their dreams with lions, tigers and bears. Don’t worry if you’re not a professional artist, a little patience and a paint brush can turn your nursery walls into a wildlife refuge in no time.
See how the rugged wood furniture adds to the safari effect and how distressing the cabinet with the same paint from the crib ties the room together.
Exotic animal photos can easily be printed for cheap at your local printshop to fit any size frame that you like.
Simple & Sophisticated
Not every nursery needs to be childlike and look like a preschool. This Bay Area new construction home takes a completely different approach to a nursery filled with blocks, balls and bright colors. There’s nothing wrong with designing a space that matches the rest of your home.
The all-white theme adds warmth and light while allowing for big-time impact from the dark green curtains. Adding a comfy reading chair makes it easy to spend lots of time with sleeping baby!
Outside the Box Fun for the Win
Take a kooky theme and run with it! This mustache-inspired nursery (no, that’s not a typo) is a fun way to welcome a baby boy to the family.
Work backwards to achieve this look by finding must-have accent pieces and the incorporating the prominent color onto the walls with a bright stripe. The matching wood dressers are very masculine and yet another reminder that baby won’t be a baby forever.
Den to Nursery – The Multi-faceted Bonus Room
A popular design feature at new homes in Mountain View, CA is a charming wood floor in the study or den. But if having your own space to relax needs to be pushed off into the future to make room for baby, here is a great way to soften up the ambiance.
A cozy throw rug converts any wood or tile floor into a crawl-friendly surface. Light, translucent curtains add a hint of privacy while preserving the abundance of natural light.
Notice the big poofy chair. You’re going to want somewhere comfy for nursing or taking a nap together with baby in your arms.
Making Use of a Small Space
A nursery doesn’t have to be a giant affair. Take advantage of smaller bonus spaces or even the loft by setting up a corner just for baby.
Notice how the designer uses bunnies here to introduce pink to the nursery without going over the top. This is a great way to go ‘traditional’ while also leaning towards modern design trends. Choosing a singular theme also makes it easy to decorate the rest of the space. Shopping for additional accessories is a breeze when you’ve got pink rabbits on the brain.
Again, a small but comfortable sofa makes this an inviting room to spend hours on end with the newest member of the family.
What’s in a Name?
Using your child’s name as the centerpiece of the room is an easy way to add character without stretching your budget.
Notice the retro style as the room is decorated with furniture not dissimilar to what was en vogue when you were a baby! The bright yellow accent pillows and bed skirt truly pop against the muted tones that make up the majority of the color palette.
More Nursery Design Ideas and Inspiration
Nursery design is one of the most exciting things you can do while waiting for baby to arrive. If you’re new to the process, here are a selection of dos and don’ts to make sure baby’s room is everything you dreamed it could be.
- DO: Settle on a single theme. When shopping for nursery accessories it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to throw everything you see into the cart. This is cute. That is gorgeous. Oh my, this is adorable. And so on. Choose a theme from the get go and avoid being stuck trying to combine a hodgepodge of goodies into a cohesive design.
- DO: Stick to a color palette. Along the same lines. Start with the walls and work backwards. Paint color or wallpaper first and then furniture and accessories.
- DO: Consider functionality in your design. A nursery should be cute but it’s also a place to feed your baby and change diapers. Set up a sanitary space to do your dirty work and plan for plenty of storage in your design. Be pragmatic about the things you place around the changing table…remember that they may get wet!
- DON’T: Clutter the space. Less is more when it comes to a nursery.
- DON’T: Neglect window coverings. Bright, airy and cheerful is great. Except when baby is trying to sleep. Always include a darker curtain option to black out the space when you need to.
- DO: Take your needs into consideration. Believe it or not, your baby doesn’t really care what his/her nursery looks like. Be sure to design a space that’s pleasant for you and err on the side of comfort over style when it comes to furniture.
- DON’T: Plan a space that won’t grow. Babies don’t stay babies for long. Unless you’ve got the money to redecorate from scratch in a year or two, you’ll want to think about crafting a theme that works for a toddler, too. Ideally your child’s nursery will suit their needs up until preschool.
- DO: Invest in a quality crib. Choose a sturdy crib that is not only safe, but able to last for all your future children.
- DON’T: Procrastinate. Your nursery should be completed long before baby is due. The last thing you need is added stress when you go into labor.
What is your favorite nursery theme?