I've learned many things about parenting from fellow parents: from heart-to-hearts with close friends to one-off, casual conversations at the playground. No one has all the answers, but I'm glad to have been on the receiving end of some great advice. So it only makes sense that parents would have tried-and-true design and decorating information to pass on when it comes to putting a baby or child's room together. Here are ten smart and sage nuggets of advice straight from the mouths of parents who have shared their child's room with us.
1. Aden & Isabel's mom Emily: I think the mind needs a place to rest and relax without too much visual clutter. Children sleep and play here, they don't need chaos to stimulate their minds — they need a place to be open and imaginative.
2. Lulu's mom Souris: I recommend mixing high and low for the furniture and mixing adult with kid-friendly art. Pretty much all the artwork Lulu has now can grow with her, for decades to come
3. Meg, mom of three: You will need to change up the room every three years or so: a newborn, a 3 year old, a kindergartener, they all need very different things. Try to think about how the room can change to meet their growing needs and possibly your growing family!
4. Aiden's mom Holly: Create a mood board first or a Pinterest board to collect your ideas... Also, use a spreadsheet...I used Excel and listed EVERYTHING that I needed to do with notes and due dates, people I spoke to, costs, everything! If I had left all of this in my head or scribbled around on notes, I would not have finished this project on time.
8. Holden's mom Meagen: If you have the time and the resources, try to add your personal touch to the space. A meaningful quote, something representative of the baby's namesake, anything handmade, helps to give the room some character.
9. Saf's mom Leah: Look around to see what you can borrow from other rooms. With my oldest daughter I felt like everything had to be fresh and new, but now that she's 6 years old, we hardly have anything still in her room that we bought back then. With Saf's room, the decor is much more personal and so has a bit more staying power than the generic baby decor that we used for our daughters.
10. Alice's mom Kate: Do something you love because you, too, will be spending a lot of time there!