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.
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!
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