Nurseries becoming 'sophisticated extensions' of the home

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I recently had the privilege of working with writer Emily Moore of the Austin American Statesman to answer questions about the current state of nurseries in Interior Design.   The article was published on 19th August 2015.   

Nurseries becoming 'sophisticated extensions' of the home

by Emily Moore

Nurseries today are versatile with modern designs, gender-neutral décor and creative storage solutions to transition baby well into the toddler years and beyond.

“Clients are looking for their nurseries to function appropriately for their newborns, but are also aware that kids grow so quickly that the look and function that they need for a newborn changes pretty quickly,”  said Robin Colton, interior designer with Robin Colton Studio.

Color palettes are leaning toward gender neutral, and mediums previously not seen in nurseries are being incorporated, such as metallics.

“As an example - a gray and white palette may be accented with a beautiful mint green or coral that speaks a bit to the sex but not in an overt way," Colton said. "Metallics are also making their way into nurseries - gold, brass and a soft rose gold are hot right now in interiors, and are making their way to baby's room. Nurseries are no longer a 'pink or blue' ode to pastels.”

Colton said nursery furniture is becoming modern and multi-functional, and can grow with the baby.

“Dressers function as changing tables, cribs morph into beds, rocking chairs are modern and sleek and no longer seem out of place as baby grows,” she said.

“I once created additional storage and seating by utilizing a TV credenza under a window. Not only are all of the shelves and cubbies filled with toys and books, but there was a bench cushion added on top to create a lovely cuddle space for mom/dad and baby."

Nurseries tend to have a lot of small items that need storage, such as diapers, small blankets and tiny clothes, but there are many solutions to create useful storage that still has style.

“Colorful containers or boxes stacked on book shelves or in the closet mean that the items you are looking for are readily available, but also that they look great when put away,” Colton said.

Nurseries are usually housed in some of the smallest areas in the home, and so utilizing space is also important according to Colton.

“Use the vertical space in the room," she said. "There are items that (you or the) baby or toddler does not need to access directly (think fragile heirlooms), but live in the nursery. By utilizing the vertical space with wall-hung shelves or bookcases/cabinets all the way to the ceiling, you are saving on valuable floor space but still getting the storage space you need.

“Nurseries are becoming sophisticated extensions of the home," Colton said. "It's 'high design' for babies."