5 Affordable Nursery Decorating Ideas for Your Apartment

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5 Affordable Nursery Decorating Ideas for Your Apartment

Staff Writer · Sep 27, 2010

Nursery decorating ideas often take the form of purchasing costly or vast quantities of items. However, it is quite easy to decorate your baby’s nursery cheaply and beautifully. In fact, given the fact that your child will not remain an infant for very long, it may be in your best interest to try to decorate your nursery inexpensively.

1. Paint Away

Paint does not need to look cheap or as though you didn’t put any effort into decorating. With a few small cans of paint you can decorate walls, furniture and even the ceiling with a theme that will be both enthralling and beautiful. By taping the walls you can create plaid; by using inexpensive stencils you can make each wall have a separate theme. Furniture can go from drab to fabulous with a quick coat of a bright or neutral color.

2. Mirrors

Babies love looking at themselves in the mirror. Mirrors, fortunately, are also quite inexpensive. Consider gathering mirrors of all shapes and sizes and hanging them at various places along the wall; make sure that a few are near the floor so that as your baby can sit up they can view themselves.

3. Secondhand Furniture

If you want to save money on the furniture your baby will need, consider going to local thrift or second-hand stores to choose your pieces. Often, these places offer inexpensive and gently used items that are relatively new. The best part about this is that you can mix and match what is available to create a nursery that is entirely unique.

By sticking with a theme but not necessarily requiring everything to be specifically matching, your nursery will take on a dimension and feel that most mom’s can only dream about: comfort and fun.

4. One or Two Expensive Items

Because your baby needs only a few items to take care of him in his first months, you can very easily get away with having one or two really expensive items and the remainder of the nursery be inexpensive.

The key to this decorating technique is for the expensive items to be something unusual, such as the rocker or a pretty chandelier. A unique, expensive item will set the tone for the room and create the appearance that the remainder of the room is equally as well planned and paid for.

5. Toys

A virtually free decorating idea for your baby’s nursery is to make it a type of play room. Hang shelves on the walls to display all the toys that he has received prior to and during the first years of his life. Hang chalk boards and maps on the walls to add to the concept that the room is one of pure fun. With such an abundance of color, textures and fabrics, the remainder of your room should be relatively plain, even ivory or white so as to not make the room overwhelming.

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