As I spent most of the days, nights, or wee hours of the morning rocking and feeding my newborn in her nursery, I was endlessly thankful for the room my husband and I created for her. Sure, the colors, shapes, and other features became known to my daughter later in infancy, but in those exhausted moments I was comforted and grateful for what the space gave me.
No matter what a nursery looks like — a corner of a shared bedroom, an alcove in an open-concept loft, a pack n’ play in a studio apartment — the most important feature is the love that’s put into it. To give you inspiration for your little one’s space, whatever the arrangement may be, we’ve rounded up 14 nurseries from our archives and some of our favorite decorative elements after the jump. —Kelli
-When choosing a light fixture for a nursery, I like to pick something that has a soft glow and is inspiring to look at even when switched off. Babies love staring at fun objects, especially lights (and mobiles).
-I’m a fan of playful, yet sophisticated artwork that will grow with the child — so you’re not having to redecorate every other year.
-A floor pouf is the perfect soft object for encouraging a baby to pull up to standing. It can also double as a footstool.
-No need to purchase a designated changing table — a low dresser does the trick and is far more attractive. Then, when the baby grows out of needing a changing table, you don’t have an obsolete piece of furniture on your hands.
-With children and toys abound, baskets are a saving grace. I have a catch-all basket in practically every room of the house. Small baskets are perfect for corralling lotions and other diapering needs atop a dresser.
-There are so many aesthetically pleasing toys out there that enhance child development while doubling as a stylish object. I often choose toys that my child will love — and look great on the shelf.