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20 Small-Space Nurseries That Are Big on Style

February 08, 2018

Pint-sized rooms are the perfect space to create beautiful nurseries. With some smart space-saving ideas and clever design techniques, you can maximize every square inch for the tiniest member of your family.

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Max Out the Space You Have

Save floor space by using your wall space to the max. In this under-eave nursery, the changing station folds up and out of the way when not in use. For visual interest, whimsical wallpaper by Makelike fills the cozy crib nook. A sleek, contemporary dresser adds much-needed storage, and the warm woods balance the room's crisp whites. Bright pops of color from the lamp and mobile add a playful element.

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Endless Color

Rather than producing a cave-like, enclosed environment, deep hues blur the edges of the room to create an expansive look. In this gender-neutral nursery, bright colors in the striped area rug, abstract artwork and bedding combine with the white crib to bring dimension to the space while allowing the walls to recede. Tip: Look for a crib with drawers for additional storage — always a plus in any kid's room.

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Shapely Solution

An oval crib not only looks more modern, but it's also a smart choice for smaller spaces. The rounded edges will fit into tighter quarters than its rectangular counterpart. This natural wood crib is met in warmth by gray walls and burnt orange accents. Wherever baby looks, from the zigzag-painted ceiling to the houndstooth carpet, the bold patterns and textures will stimulate the senses.

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Photo: Julie Mikos. From: Kari McIntosh Dawdy.

Perfect Proportions

Low furniture serves a myriad of purposes in a nursery. A crib you can easily bend over allows you to put baby down without waking them — fingers crossed — while a short dresser is ideal as kids get older and are able to reach their clothes, giving them the independence they crave. And in smaller rooms, petite pieces give the illusion of more space. Two-toned furniture in this contemporary nursery mixes clean white with warm woods for an organic contrast, while the smoke-glass chandelier adds an industrial edge.

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