When you’re decorating a small nursery for a new little person, function has to work just as hard as form. Every piece has an important job to do, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be lovely to look at. These small nursery room ideas, that are all under $100, will transform that tiny space into a cozy retreat for you and your little one. Once you see how simple it is to transform a small nursery on the cheap, you’ll only wish you did it sooner.
Scroll through 28 different tonally-soft colours and five typeface options to pick out the perfect combo for a custom name banner. Personalizing a small nursery will make it feel uniquely yours (and theirs!) instantly.
Blissible Custom Name Banner, Etsy, $50.
Roses Are Pink
Having limited square footage may at first glance seem like a disadvantage. But working with a small nursery means you can go all out on a very special wallpaper feature wall — and splurge on a high-end design without going over budget.
Losse Pink & Red Roses Vintage Floral Wallpaper Mural, Hovia, starting at $5/sq. ft.
When floor space is at a premium, look overhead to maximize your decor dollars. Simple maple wood and iron shapes bounce and balance to hold your baby’s attention. Safety tip: Don’t hang above the crib, try over a nursing chair or near a window instead.
Simple Shapes Geometric Baby Mobile, Crate & Barrel, $89.
You Are My Sunshine
Printed on repositionable fabric, this cheery, artist-designed sun decal can be moved around until you find the perfect sunrise spot. Adding a burst of colour to a small nursery with minimal work is always a welcome proposition for new parents!
Mejmej Large Watercolor Sun Fabric Wall Decal, Etsy Canada, $85.
Babies spend a lot of time on the floor, and parents spend a lot of time on the floor with their babies. So, having a soft, washable playmat is key to any nursery, small or otherwise. This formamide-free, EVA foam version is designed by Canadian company 3 Sprouts and can be added to, depending on the size of the small nursery.
Terrazzo Palest Pink EVA Foam Play Mat, 3 Sprouts, $95.
Speaking of mats, a soft, wipeable vegan leather changing mat can completely replace the need for a bulky changing table. Given such a limited space to work with in a small nursery, finding functional items that can be tucked away when not in use is a must.
Bek & Jek Vegan Leather Changing Mat, Little & Lively, $30.
Back to Black
Before actually having a baby, many of us envisioned our small nursery bathed in bright, natural sunlight. But we soon learned that if naps even had a chance of happening, a darkened room is golden. So, buy blackout blinds before anything else!
Tommee Tippee Portable Blackout Blind, Chapters Indigo, $70.
Light of My Life
Now, with the blackout blinds up, keep this small nursery from feeling like a dark, dreaded cave by installing some simple, soft lighting options. You don’t have to hard-wire these dimmable sconces — they’re USB rechargeable! Plus, they come with remotes and have a rainbow of colour light options for built-in baby entertainment.
If you’re purchasing artwork for a small nursery, try to stick to one theme. Too many pieces all over the place can actually make it feel smaller. This tasteful triptych allows you to pick three signed watercolour prints from a whole zoo of animal options while remaining visually similar.
Triple Studio Mix and Match Nursery Watercolour Print Set, Etsy Canada, starting at $48.
Designed in collaboration with the ethically-focused New England children’s knit company Misha & Puff, this fun fitted floral crib sheet embodies their DNA. Made with 100 per cent BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) cotton, its cheery design brightens our day and our conscience. (Tip: Save on crib bedding sets, a fitted sheet is all you need…but do purchase a second one so you always have a backup handy!)
Misha & Puff Brimfield Floral Crib Fitted Sheet, West Elm, $51.