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Q&A: How can I avoid having to change the nursery in a couple of years?

I'm spending a lot of time and money on baby's nursery. How can I avoid having to change it all in a couple of years?

Re: I'm spending a lot of time and money on baby's nursery. How can I avoid having to change it all in a couple of years?

The Bump Expert

Pick a theme (if you want), but stick to thematic items that are replaceable, like easily removable wall decals, lamps and toys. Big-ticket items like the furniture should be neutral so they can work with different bedding and art down the line. When you're choosing the furniture, consider styles that can grow with baby. If you're investing in a dresser that you'll use as a changing table, be sure it will look okay once your babe is out of diapers and you no longer need that changing pad. If you're going with a convertible crib, make sure you love the way it will look as a bed later on (otherwise, you may want to skip the conversion kit and buy a twin bed instead).

Gerri Panebianco, cofounder and designer at Little Crown Interiors

Q&A: How can I avoid having to change the nursery in a couple of years?

If you don't want to change it very often, I recommend buying quality products and try to find sales. For example I just bought 2 sleep number beds for sale. That will surely last me a long time. Hope you find my advice useful. Have fun!! Let me know what you find.

DomWatters |

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Furnish and decorate your nursery with items that are versatile and can be easily adapted to any room. There are great inspiration boards out there showing how to put together a nursery with pieces that go in any room. Check out this inspiration board and notice how if you change to crib to a toddler's bed, it won't look like a nursery anymore http://projectbambino.com/2012/09/little-mountaineer-inspiration-board-2/

jelin |

Q&A: How can I avoid having to change the nursery in a couple of years?

I changed the baby nursery the last year and now my husband wants to change it again, he says that the green color is not appropriate and we should paint the room in blue and buy some nice furniture. I managed to make him change his mind after I told him we should remodel the bathroom instead, I have found cheap Bathroom Vanities and this idea is way better than changing the nursery.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: How can I avoid having to change the nursery in a couple of years?

Even if you want a certain theme try to build around colors not characters. We picked a theme we felt would last through the first five years of my son's life. We did a pirate theme but didn't do it all in black and red. We allowed for ships and oceans and things we could imagine having to do with pirates. As a military family we've moved three times since my son was born and he's only 18 mos. My themes HAVE to be versatile and easy. When we got to our new home I simply bought a three dollar sample paint from Lowes in Cobalt blue. Then I painted wispy circles on my sons wall. He grew out of his crib fast and we bought him an Ikea reversible bunk bed. This should last at least until he's seven and then can go to his younger brother. As he's too young for a bunk bed right now it can be flipped over into a four poster bed. It's a tan bed frame (sand), with green and white sheets (seaweed and island jungles) and we bought a giant wall mounted leaf from Ikea as well that adds to the island feel. This is all stuff that is easy to change and can be moved into new ideas, concepts and themes. Try to think outside the box. We're expecting our second in April and the boys will be sharing a room for a while. I've found a way to easily incorporate the baby things into the bedroom by purchasing the Fisher Price Zen Collection items from craigslist and a local resale shop. The colors work as they're green and brown. My sister painted pictures for the boys room. One in blue and grey and one in green, blue, and red. So that the boys have a sense of separateness my eldest's side will contain more of the blues and greys of one photo and the youngest's will have more of the greens and earthy colors.

thebeliever |