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Make the nursery stylish and simple

Creating a vibrant and safe space for your offspring doesn't have to be complicated. Get a load of these simple ways to welcome the newest addition to your family in style. Home and Garden Television

Strive for simplicity. Start with a pared-down look and use subdued colors for the walls, floor and major furniture pieces.

Add in pops of bright color. If you like, accent a neutral backdrop with surprising flashes of bold hues.

Keep it gender-neutral. Stereotypes (pink and blue) are quite old-fashioned, and the more neutral a nursery's contents, the more likely you'll be able to make use of it for a little brother or sister who shows up down the line.

Aim for adaptability. In the nursery, "modern" often means "multifunctional" and "multistage." So look for pieces that serve more than one purpose, that will grow with your child or that can be put to use in another room later on.

Be space-savvy. Some of the most chic baby furniture comes from Europe, where manufacturers are well-versed in designing for small spaces. If square footage is at a premium in your home, look for streamlined pieces with compact footprints and clever built-in storage.

Make it mobile. Whenever possible, opt for furniture on casters for easy rearranging, pieces that can be reconfigured as your and your child's needs evolve (changing tables that morph into media stands, for instance), interactive art (such as "wallies" that can be moved from spot to spot) and reversible textiles that can be flipped on a whim.

Keep it child-centered. Easy-to-grasp door cutouts on cabinets instead of hard-to-clasp knobs, for instance, or cubbies rather than heavy drawers, will make your child feel at home.

Avoid themes. Better to wait for your child's own passions to develop on their own.

Leave room for imagination. A lighted globe becomes a charming night light (and later, a virtual launching point for imaginary expeditions). A grid pattern on an area rug becomes a busy thoroughfare for toy vehicles to transverse.

Don't blow the budget. Invest in one or two to-die-for items that will grow with your child, and furnish the rest of the room with simple basics that can work with a variety of schemes.

Create a room you adore. The nursery should reflect your lifestyle and your home. So make a statement and have fun.

Make the nursery stylish and simple 09/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 5:30am]

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