Decorating a Nursery on a Budget

Nursery Room

Decorating a nursery for the arrival of a baby takes a lot of consideration, planning, and expense. From wallpaper to floor coverings and everything in between, decorating options are truly endless, and the prices are endless as well. Not everyone can afford to spend even hundreds of dollars decorating a nursery. If you’re on a budget, don’t despair. You don’t have to spend a bundle before bringing home your little bundle. You can do it yourself!

Plan a Budget

Consider your budget before considering ways to decorate your baby’s nursery. After deciding on a spending limit, begin a running list of ideas and expenses to better organize your thoughts as well as your resources. Create a list, and separate the list into “must-haves” and “wishes.” If you find yourself going over budget, it will be easier to choose design options and embellishments you actually need and those you can live without.

Have Fun With Stencils

Wallpaper can be quite an expense, and it’s a lot of work to hang. If you don’t want the added expense of hiring someone to hang wallpaper in your baby’s nursery, or the expense and effort involved in doing it yourself, consider decorating the nursery with paint.

You don’t have to be artistically inclined to paint stenciled designs on walls, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money in the process. Stencils are very affordable and very easy to use, even for a beginner.

Simply choose stencils to match the theme of your baby’s room, as well as paint in colors of your choice. Practice stenciling on scraps of drywall or poster board before stenciling nursery walls. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create beautifully stenciled graphics. All it takes are a few supplies, a little practice, and the desire to create fun and colorful designs.

Get Inspired by Color

Many people choose pastel colors for painting nursery walls. Pastel yellow, blue, pink, and green have been popular colors for decades. They’re safe for those who aren’t quite ready to plunge into the rainbow of bright, bold colors and creative color combinations.

But, consider taking a courageous step and choose colors that are bold, bright, and fun. Babies love to gaze at colors, and what better place to add color than your baby’s nursery? Paint is an inexpensive alternative to decorating with wallpaper, and those on a budget can change the entire look of a room without spending a small fortune.

A baby girl’s room doesn’t have to be pink or purple, and a baby boy’s room doesn’t have to be blue. There are fantastic shades of orange, gray, brown, and green that are modern and still relevant to decor for young children. These colors can be complimented and enhanced by the more traditional variety.

Unleash your creativity, and paint one or two walls a shade or two lighter than the rest of the room. Or, try painting opposite walls in contrasting colors. Brown and pink are a stylish combination for girls, and gray and denim blue are a great combination for boys. There aren’t any rules, so let your imagination run wild!

Get Stuck on Wall Decals

Those on a budget can add professionally created graphics to their baby’s nursery without the expense of hiring a professional artist. Peel and stick wall decals come in all subjects and sizes, and there are decals to match about every theme as well as every budget. Best of all, wall decals won’t damage paint or wallpaper should you ever decide to redecorate your baby’s nursery. They come off just as easily as they go on.

Install Creative Shelving

If your baby’s nursery is lacking closet room or floor space, consider installing adjustable shelving. Shelves are practical as well as decorative, and decorating with shelves is a great way to make the most of available space while sticking to a budget.

Install adjustable shelves and brackets within easy reach of adults so they are functional as well as decorative. Place folded clothes, baby blankets and other necessities on every other shelf, and place stuffed animals and decorative items in between. You’ll gain much needed storage space while decorating your baby’s nursery at the same time.

Throw Down Some Throw Rugs

Has the carpeting or flooring in your baby’s nursery seen better days? If you’re looking for decorating ideas for your baby’s nursery and the flooring is worn, don’t let your budget get in the way. Throw rugs are functional as well as decorative, and a few strategically placed can make worn-out flooring look like new. Throw rugs allow you to change the look of the room without a great deal of expense or difficulty.

Embellish Curtain Panels

You don’t have to buy expensive window treatments to complete the look of your baby’s nursery. If you’re on a budget, decorating with window treatments couldn’t be easier. There are ways to create expensive looking window treatments without breaking your budget.

It's simple and easy to turn ordinary curtain panels into beautiful tieback curtain panels. Begin by purchasing curtain panels of your choice, lengths of colored ribbon or lace, and two small cup hooks for each window.

After hanging the panels, cut the ribbon or lace to the appropriate lengths, and tie a small loop at both ends of each section. Wrap them around the panels to find the best level before attaching the cup hooks.

Once you’ve determined the most appropriate level for the tiebacks, attach the cup hooks next to the window frame. Wrap the tiebacks around the closed panels, and attach the loops to the hooks. You’ll have beautiful tieback panels for a fraction of the cost of the store-bought variety.