Jun 272012

stuffed bear sitting on child's vintage chair

In the opening post of the Baby Nursery Décor Ideas Series, I said, “ The perfect baby nursery has nothing to do with the money you spend and everything to do with pulling together details.” True statement. So, just how do you pull together a frugal nursery…..with panache?

First, understand the meaning of two words—frugal and panache. Frugal doesn’t mean cheap as in poor quality construction or materials. It just means economical, simple, or costing little. Panache is described as having “confidence of style.” A frugal nursery will combine economics with style.

storage cube unit for baby nursery roomFour Guidelines for Frugality

Double-duty Furniture – every piece of furniture should have more than one purpose…..seating + storage, display + storage, changing table + storage. It should also readily be re-purposed as baby grows to toddler.

Re-purposed Pieces – from artwork to furniture to fixtures, scour outlets for deals and second hand stores for bargains. See our recent post on Furniture Reclaimed for Kids’ Room Use for ideas. See Safely Using Vintage Furniture for tips on how to choose. Both apply to nursery furniture as well.

Quality Over Quantity – put your money into the most important feature of the room….the crib. Get the best quality construction, not the most expensive. The remainder of the room can have less furniture, accessories, etc but baby’s bed is important.

Keep it Simple – don’t over do the nursery. The décor is for parents anyway…..baby doesn’t care what it looks like. Determine the room’s focal point and place your lounge chair, rocker or glider where you can see it while holding your baby. It will make you smile helping both you and baby to relax.

Ways to Add Panache!

Here are a few photos of nurseries that followed the guidelines. I think they accomplished the challenge of creating a frugal nursery…..with panache!

frugal nursery design ideas with clothing rack for baby clothes

Displaying some of baby’s cutest clothing as decor is quite the trend. Just keep it neat and tidy if you want to make a style statement. Simple shelf over re-purposed store fixture works nicely.


frugal design ideas for baby nursery from dear lillie

I always love to see what Jen from dear lillie has put together. She has a great eye for style as seen in this nursery storage unit….bookcase with fabulous containers plus the cutest stuffed animals and artwork.


eclectic nursery design for frugal nursery

Simple lines on this modern crib, a cheery floral area rug and a few vintage items hanging over the crib add personality to this cozy room creating an eclectic look.


vintage crib for frugal nursery design

Beautiful lines on this focal point crib. All other items are secondary to the crib but notice…..none are expensive items. How costly is a branch for hanging clothing, a vintage suitcase with books, a floor pillow, and fabric draped around the crib? Nicely done…..with style.


baby nursery wall ideas with beadboard wall and display ledge

Dress up a wall with beadboard, display shelf, and a painted bunting. Break up the blank space with a mobile and add a few small pieces of furniture. Great focal point!

baby nursery with frugal design ideas

Simple painted tree. Basic hooks on a board. Classic basket for toys. Stylish lounge chair. Low cost items…..nursery with style.

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