Although my husband and I shared our bedroom with each of our babes for a little over three months, we knew it was a temporary solution, and, as such, no decor changes were made to our adult haven. But what if there is no other nursery waiting for your little bundle of joy? Here are some inspiring ideas for carving out a special space for your baby without making it feel like your room has been taken over by baby safari animals, primary colors, and cutesy prints:
1. Use one simple color throughout to unify the space. White is a great choice because it allows you to add pops of fun color with accessories, like in this shared space by Bleubird.
2. Or keep the overall color palette neutral and add a statement piece, like the giraffe in this nursery on STUDIO1208.
3. Choose accessories that coordinate with the existing color palette of your space, like in this combo room by Bird & Branch Redesign.
4. Use a wallpaper print that works well for both baby and parent alike, as in Erin's great example.
5. Choose a fun color for the accents in the nursery portion of the room, and tie it into your bedding with a well placed throw pillow like in this bedroom on Suburbs Mama.
6. Try Adventures of a British Housewife in New York's trick of dividing the space into two distinct zones with a well-placed piece of furniture, like the much beloved (but soon-to-be-extinct) IKEA EXPEDIT.
7. Go for a more sophisticated look like this nook created by one of our readers, Jordan.
8. Add a few fun and colorful wall decals above the crib, like in Hagen's room.
9. Use garlands and a few well-placed prints like in this space by on of our lovely readers, Emily.
10. Take a page from Better in Real Life's book and find a crib that coordinates with your bed or hang a fun but not-too-babyish mobile.
Does your bedroom have dual functions? We'd love to hear your design tips!
(Image credits: Bleubird; STUDIO1208; Bird & Branch Redesign; Reader Erin; Suburbs Mama; Adventures of a British Housewife in New York; Reader Jordan; Reader Rick; Reader Emily; Better In Real Life)