It’s still summertime. And since September is the most popular month to be born in, according to some sources anyway, I hope this mini-series about nursery remodels have got the gears in your creative minds a-turning when it comes to your nesting instinct.
In the first installment, we talked about getting results while on a budget, and how important connecting with and relying upon your personal network is when you want to indulge your nesting instinct without spending a lot of money to do it. In the next one, we talked a lot about getting a balance between look and practicality, with comfort and a sense of restfulness as primary goals for a nursery.
So, what happens when the budget for a nursery is doubled, and you have some real money to work with? Are the rules any different? Let’s take a look at one possible direction as presented in the graphic below.
From a nest to a room
One thing to keep in mind when that nesting instinct kicks in is that the nest you’re looking to create now is the room that will be an operational part of your home later on. Flooring and wall accessories can really help to make this nest you’re creating into a stylish room that has its own personality. Really, that’s the thread we’ve been following all along. But, sometimes the subtleties can really help to establish a base on which to build what we’ve got in mind.
A panel to skirt the room, and crown moldings are the examples above. Those are great starts to soften some of the lines in the room, and add visual interest. As established in some of the earlier entries in this series, you’re going to be spending time in this room. You might as well put some of your personality into it. With a bigger budget, this can be done pretty easily.
Room to grow
Above, we can see that some of that work can be done right away, with tasteful accessories and flourishes that can easily transition into the room of a person who isn’t going to be crying in the night because of a filled diaper. That person, whoever they are, is going to be spending time in this space as they become more and more aware of the world. As they grow, they’ll need a place that can grow with them.
So, just as you thought about when contemplating all of the pacing you’ll be doing, comfort and interest are things you can concentrate on when you’ve got a bigger nursery remodel budget. Get that crib-to-bed combo. Splash out on the activity table for a child who will grow into the room. Invest in some artwork, or a space to incorporate art designed by the artist in residence as they get older, designed at that very table. And for yourself in the meantime, get a comfortable chair for feeding, for reading, for sitting down and conserving your energy too. Be good to yourself!
Design for a real person
Weirdly, it’s often easy to think about an expected addition to your family in the abstract. You’re designing a space for a real person, even if their identity isn’t immediately apparent. But, it will be. Maybe the best ingredient for good design when planning a nursery remodel is the concept of welcome and of safety. When I say safety, I don’t mean rounded corners and kid-proofing. I mean a sense of safety; that the child in your life feels that they have a place they can go, which is theirs, and which will be the setting for memories they may hold as treasures for the rest of their lives.
Once again, we find that a home is mostly about a sense of security, and of belonging. Never more applicable is this idea than it is in a nursery that is created by loving hands that will hold them tight, and that will eventually let them go to become who they are meant to be long after the cribs and the change tables are no longer so important.
If you had this budget, how would you spend it?
What are your ideas on how to create a nursery that easily transitions into a child, pre-teen, teenager space?
What are some alternate versions of the room above that go against the cultural grain a bit more?
Tell me all about it in the comments section!