4 Ways to Finally Get Started on Your Nursery (Plus a Chance at $2,500 from Home Hardware!)

Got an empty(ish) room and a baby on the way? Home Hardware has everything you need to turn those four walls into the nursery of your dreams. Check out our blog below for your chance to win $2,500 worth of home decor from Home Hardware!

Pinterest didn’t exist when my first kid was born. (Oh no, that made me sound really old. He’s only 7! Pinterest is a relatively new thing, folks.) His nursery consisted of a Pack ‘n’ Play in the same unpainted room as my husband’s home office. Maybe we put up a shelf. I think I taped some pictures of cartoon bunnies to the wall? Okay, this sounds a lot sadder than it was—it was fine. It just wasn’t, you know, Pinterest-worthy.

Not that that’s a standard any of us has to meet. You should decorate your nursery to make yourself and your baby happy, not to make the internet happy (the internet will never be happy). With that in mind, we consulted with Home Hardware and came up with a few tips to help you get started:

1. Find inspiration.
Choose one piece of decor to create the room around—whether it’s that lovely vintage quilt from your grandmother’s attic, that abstract painting that reminds you of a walrus, or a cute set of patterned storage bins you found on clearance.

2. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.
It’s always easier to match your wall colour to your accessories, rather than the other way around. You can’t go wrong with the Beauti-Tone paint line–the Natura Series is a paint and primer in one, with no VOCs and virtually no odour. Nursery-approved!

3. Storage solutions can be fun.
Check out Home Hardware’s easy, Sesame Street-inspired DIYs, like the Oscar the Grouch Trash Can Storage, Cookie Monster Containers, and Abby Cadabby Organizer. (I’ve always had a soft spot for Sesame Street!)

4. Make it a room to grow.
They’re not kidding when they say “they grow up so fast!” Your little one won’t be little very long. Baby accessories can be swapped out for big kid ones, but for the stuff that’s harder to change (paint, flooring), it makes sense to start off with colours and finishes that won’t look babyish two years from now.

Are you excited to get out that plushy paint roller thingy now? You can do it, I believe in you. And don’t forget to take pictures as soon as it’s finished, because that is the tidiest that room will ever be.

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Alanna Schiffer

Alanna Schiffer

Alanna Schiffer runs the exceedingly popular PLN Facebook group. She is also a writer who lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids, Android, Panda and Emily. She enjoys sushi and unicorns.