DESIGNING A SMALL NURSERY ON A BUDGET

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This teeny-tiny 144 sq. Ft Toronto nursery is a wonderful reminder that you don’t need a huge space (or budget) in order to create a larger than life design that will inspire and captivate your little one. Featuring all sorts of creative decor elements and maximizing every last inch of space, this gorgeous nursery is a stunning example of what a little ingenuity and imagination can achieve when put to work. The masterminds from Colleen Broadhurst Interiors are behind this charming nursery and were kind enough to take us on a step-by-step tour of the design process!

modern neutral nursery decor ideas

What is the theme of the nursery?
There is no real theme for this nursery, but the idea was to create a space where the child could explore their creativity and engage in imaginative play. The parents wanted a room that could grow with their child and be modified in the future without spending a lot of money.

modern neutral nursery decor ideas

Can you please walk us through some of the design details in this nursery?
The star decals and the heart are from Urban Walls. They are the design element that initially inspired this space. We wanted to create a room that included gold stars and a navy blue ceiling without becoming too thematic. We wanted to use all the walls (including the ceiling) to incorporate different design elements, so that the room is interactive no matter where the little toddler is standing, sitting, or lying down!

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We also wanted to incorporate some of the client’s existing pieces. We updated the two vintage kid’s dining chairs by recovering them in a palms fabric from Tonic Living. We decided to stick with fabrics and colours throughout that were unisex and perhaps not typical (black, white, blue, green and gold). The bed is an expandable bed from IKEA that can grow with the baby. It’s a great place to cuddle up for nap time. The tee pee was definitely a must, and will be a fun place to play for many years to come.

modern neutral nursery decor ideas

The limited-edition artwork is from Gooseberry Prints and was a great addition to the space. Actually, the toddler picked the animal prints she loved the most, making them even more special! Cute animals are a necessity in any child’s room! The carpet tiles are from Flor and are great for kid’s rooms, as individual tiles can be put into the washing machine or easily replaced if need be. The tree trunk nightstand is from West Elm, as are the white fluffy throw pillows – the perfect finishing touches for this cozy space.

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In your opinion what makes this space standout in the nursery decor world?
Choosing adaptable décor that isn’t nursery-specific and choosing colors that are not gender-specific makes this a room that will be enjoyed well into the pre-school years. A few simple changes as the child grows, like changing the wall stickers or the tee-pee, makes it a budget friendly investment too.
What do you always keep in mind when designing a nursery space?
We want to design spaces that are fun for the babies and toddlers, and can grow with them as they grow. There’s a lot to think about when you have a baby, so you want to have a space that is functional, and that you will enjoy being in. There should always be comfy seating, a place to quickly put away toys, and storage. A play table is always a fun addition, as it’s a good spot to create art.

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