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Create a Nursery with Round-the-Clock Style

Ditch the ducky decals in favor of sophisticated but fun touches.

If you’re going to be up all night with your new bundle of joy, you might as well have a nursery you enjoy spending time in. So figured the Wash Park couple who asked Conni Newsome and Ashley Larson of C&A Interiors to design a cozy, modern nursery for their baby girl. “The room is small, so we had to be selective with design components and color palette,” Newsome says. “And they wanted a space their baby can grow into over the next few years.”

Here, the designers’ steps for creating a space perfect for naptime, late-night feedings, and everything in between—with decor that will last even longer than those all-nighters (we promise).

1. Make a statement with paint. Instead of choosing a bright color, which can be overwhelming, go bold with a pattern—try the ceiling—in more muted hues. These stripes (in Iced Lavender and Snow White, both from Benjamin Moore) are more sophisticated than a plain, predictable pink room but are still fun enough to make it feel like a child’s space.

2. Choose furnishings that will grow with your child. Bookcases with baskets hold stuffed animals and toys in the early years; as baby gets older, remove the baskets to make room for books. A full-size dresser with a soft changing pad on top can function as a changing table until she’s out of diapers, when it becomes a big-kid furnishing.

3. Layer in texture. Make the room both serene and playful by adding in textures, especially on the floor, where babies (and parents) spend a lot of time. Shag or sheepskin rugs—on top of your wall-to-wall carpet for extra comfort or on hardwood (with a reliable rug pad underneath)—are fun for little hands to explore and easy on crawlers’ knees.

4. Make light work for you. A well-chosen light fixture can double as the room’s whimsical focal point. Here, Newsome and Larson picked out a feather-wrapped pendant from Z Gallerie—a nod to the photos of baby animals. Tips: Choose a light with a “dim” option to reduce middle-of-the-night stumbling. Blackout shades help daytime naps.

—(Light) Courtesy of Serena & Lily; (Crib) Courtesy of Room & Board; (Pouf) Courtesy of Land of Nod

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