Having a baby is an exciting time for any family and designing the nursery is just one way to start preparing to welcome your newborn baby.
Whether you are designing the nursery yourself or hiring an interior designer, designing a baby nursery can be overwhelming when going through this process for the first time.
In this blog post, I’ll share some practical steps on how to get started designing your baby nursery. Followed by the benefits of hiring a Paris interior designer and recommendations of interior designers in Paris to design your baby nursery. You can easily jump to each section by clicking on the links:
- Practical steps
- The benefits of hiring a Paris interior designer
- Recommendations of interior designers
Practical tips to design your baby nursery
The first step: Gathering inspiration
The very first step is one of the most fun in the process of designing a baby nursery: gathering inspiration on Pinterest.
The goal is for you to identify recurring themes that you are drawn to so you can narrow down your favorite style.
Create a board and then type some useful keywords, such as baby nursery design ideas, and baby boy room design nursery ideas. Start pinning those designs that you feel the most drawn to. During this stage, don’t overthink. Just pin the images that you immediately like, even if you’re not sure why.
Once you have at least 20-30 pins, take a look at your Pinterest board and see if a style stands out, like farmhouse, coastal, rustic, bohemian, jungle, etc.
Then you can start doing more searches on Pinterest and around the web for that specific theme to find inspiration for the items you’ll need to purchase.
Start designing your baby nursery
Once you have some ideas figured out, it’s time to start designing!
Begin by deciding which color to paint the walls or which wallpaper design – if this is something you want to do. Then decide on what type of furniture will need (that will also fit best in the space), such as a crib, dresser or changing table, and nursing chair.
Lastly, comes the small decor items, such as a blanket, pillow, rug or playmat, curtain, bookshelf, wall decor, and storage baskets or bins for organizing clothes, blankets, and toys.
When to start designing the nursery
Ideally at the beginning of the second trimester of your pregnancy (around weeks 18-20), as soon as you start feeling better. This is the stage when you will feel the most energized and comfortable during your pregnancy.
It takes time not only to come up with ideas but also to shop around for products and get them all to put together. Plus, when you purchase items, particularly large furniture, and online pieces, it can take a while to for them to be delivered to your home.
So give yourself enough time ahead of your due date so that everything is ready by then.
Costs of setting up a nursery
The cost of setting up a baby nursery in France can vary depending on various factors, such as the size of the room, the quality of furniture and decor chosen, and whether parents opt for new or second-hand items.
On average, if you DIY the baby nursery, new parents in France can expect to spend between €1,000 to €3,000 on nursery setup, including furniture, bedding, and decor.
For a minimalist nursery setup with essential items such as a crib, changing table, dresser, and storage, the cost can be closer to the lower end of the spectrum.
However, for parents who want a more elaborate nursery with additional items such as a rug, and artwork, the cost can be significantly higher.
The first step is to set up a budget. Then, decide 1-3 items you’d like to splurge on and start with those. For example, you can purchase a simple white crib and splurge on a rug or wallpaper.
The Benefits of Hiring a Paris Interior Designer for Your Baby Nursery
Preparing to welcome your baby feels very overwhelming at times. Hiring an interior designer is a great way to let someone else help take on some of the burdens and make sure your nursery turns out exactly how you envision it.
Not only will they be able to provide creative input, but they can also handle all the details like shopping around, finding the best deals, getting samples, etc.
Here are some of the advantages of hiring an interior designer for your baby nursery:
- An experienced eye: Interior designers know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to design they’ve seen it all and understand how small details can change the entire look of a room.
- Save time: Hiring an interior designer will help you save time by taking care of all the little things that go into planning a nursery like ordering fabric swatches or comparing prices/options for furniture pieces.
- Save money: An experienced designer knows where to get the best quality items at lower prices – which could end up saving you quite a bit in the long run! Additionally, they can often get discounts from stores due to their previous business relations with them so you might end up getting even better deals than anticipated.
- Personalized plan: Every family is unique so having someone create a personalized plan tailored specifically to your family’s needs makes sense – especially when it comes to decorating something as important as your baby’s nursery!
Working with an interior designer ensures that everything in your dream nursery is perfect down to every last detail.
These are great Paris interior designers experienced in designing baby nurseries:
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