The decisions that come along with having a baby and raising a tiny human are endless. Although some of those decisions can feel quite daunting, we’re here to tell you that at least one of them can feel easy and even fun.

Here’s a go-to guide to what you need to know when putting together your new baby’s happy place. The most important thing you can do in creating this space is to design a nursery that makes you smile, relax and enjoy. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the room.

1. Purpose of the room

Yes, the purpose of a nursery is for baby to sleep there. However, when designing the room, you need to take in account everything else you might want to use the room for.

What will you and your baby do in the room? Will you be feeding your baby? Changing his diaper? Will he sleep in there? Will others join you in there? How long will you use the room this way? Is the nursery for just one baby? Will you use the same room as the baby grows up or move him to another room? Answers to these questions will help you decide what furniture you need and if the chosen room will be big enough for long term and to fit in everything needed.

How do you want it to feel? Do you want it to be cozy and serene? Modern and cool? Crisp and clean? To answer this question, it might be helpful to browse design catalogues and Pinterest. However, I recommend you to answer the question taking account how you feel and what you prefer before you start researching. Your baby is too small to care about the décor and besides your child, you are the one, spending the most time in that nursery.

2. Make a list

When you have decided on the different purposes of the nursery, it’s time to make a list of all the items that will those purposes. If you are going to start feeding your child in the bedroom, you will need a comfy seat and possibly a side table next to the chair. Changing the baby? You’ll need a changing table, some type of diaper pail, a place for diapers, wipes, etc. Dressing the baby? You’ll need clothing storage, a place to dress the baby, a hamper for dirty clothes.

Once you’ve created a list, prioritise based on what you need most or soonest. It may be helpful to break your list out into ‘must-haves’, ‘nice-to-haves’ and ‘extras’. Many things you may not need until the baby is a little older (like a crib or lots of toys), so those can always be added later if you’ve got a tight budget or timeframe.

3. Decide on the basics

After creating a comprehensive yet general list of what you’ll need to fulfil the room’s purpose, now’s the time to choose which items you’ll buy. Shop around at baby furniture stores, visit helpful websites and blogs and take a look at Pinterest or other sources of inspiration and decide which styles and brands you like. In order to evaluate what you find, consider the feel of the room (which you decided on in step 1), the construction and materials of the products, the brands’ reputations and the usefulness of the products.

There are a ton of options out there, so this step may take some time, but it’s incredibly important. Baby furniture and other items can get very pricey and need to be safe, so don’t rush it.

4. Design and colours

As you decide on the basics you’ll need for the room, create a picture of what the room will look like (this step can be done in tandem with step 3). I have found that the best way to visualise the room is to create a design board. For that, you can draw the room, or use computer based programme (keynote, powerpoint, paint).

I’d recommend starting with the big items like the crib and any other furniture you’ll be using, but if there’s another design element that’s more important, you can start with that instead. Plop those items in and then look for the gaps. As more and more items are added, the gaps will become increasingly evident. Do you need toy storage? Would you like to add a second rug to warm the space up? Could you use an ottoman that serves as both a foot stool and seating?

Once you have placed the furniture, start thinking about what colours to use. If you aren’t planning to re-decorate next few years, then think what design and colours your 2-3-year-old would like. Babies love focused colours that they could concentrate on. Don’t use too many colours, concentrate on few and maybe use more neutral tones as bedroom should first be relaxing.

It is easier to change textile and wall art than it is to repaint walls and furniture. There are tons of different carpets, curtains, wall art and bedding. In addition, these interior design elements aren’t necessary from the beginning, so you have more time to make these decisions.

5. Personalise your nursery

Once you’ve got your design board full of the big items and basics, it’s time to finalise the design with the remaining details and finishes. This is the time to really focus on tying in your theme and adding the little touches that make your nursery yours, rather than a showroom’s.

Search for and decide on wall art, decorative touches and practical pieces that you’ll need during the many, many hours you’ll spend in this room. Add some shelves for books and other essentials (like a phone charger) to the side table next to your chair. Collect some plush stuffed animals in rope baskets that serve as both decoration and toys for your baby.

Well, that’s it – all it takes is just a few steps in order to create and design the perfect space for your baby.

♥ Home design takes time and patience, and it’s always a work in progress. Often it feels like it will never be finished. Just remember, when you do get it ready, you will enjoy it so much more, just because you put all that effort in.

♥ Nursery is a perfect place, where you can create something interesting and different.