When you’re expecting a new baby, creating the ideal nursery is one of the most important things on your to-do list. It should be a delightful, functional, and relaxing space that is filled with furniture, accessories and colors that will grow with the little one. The expert designers at Gary Riggs Home in Dallas have come up with a few tips to help design the perfect nursery to welcome your new bundle of joy with ease.


First, choose the nursery colors. Choose a color scheme that is pleasing and relaxing for both you and baby during those 2 a.m. feedings.

In general, warm colors elicit happiness and comfort and make large, open spaces feel a little cozier. However, warm colors are best used in moderation. Instead, consider using soft, subtle shades of warm colors as accents or accessories to promote a comforting effect.

Cool colors have a soothing effect and can make a room feel spacious and relaxing. Despite their calming nature, however, large swaths of cool colors can also feel sterile. To soften this effect, pair cool colors with creamy neutrals or use pastel shades. Think light blue, lilac and soft green, which will create a peaceful effect.


Next, make a list of all of the pieces of furniture the nursery needs, taking into consideration which pieces you currently own that can be used in the nursery. Only use sturdy, well-made furniture that will last. Consider pieces that can play double-duty, like a changing table that can stay in the baby’s room as a dresser for years.

Take a look at the new styles of cribs available on the market. These cribs are functional and can stick around as the baby grows, transitioning into a toddler bed and then as a headboard and footboard for a child’s bed. Don’t forget a comfortable rocking chair for you.


Make room in the nursery for a keepsake corner that can be a special place for your baby’s toys, books, and keepsakes.

When adding window treatments to the nursery, remember that baby will often need a dark room for naptime—pull-down blackout shades on each window are a nursery necessity. Also, there’s no need for long curtains when you have a toddler on the move. Just add a simple balance across the top of the shade.


Don’t forget to babyproof! Cover the electrical outlets, tuck away cords, anchor down any furniture that might be dangerous and secure rugs to the floor to prevent slips. Also, put all potential choking and poison hazards securely out of the baby’s reach.

Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to start on the nursery. Preparing the room early will prevent stress and ensure that you will have enough energy to finish the nursery the way you envision it.