7 Small-Nursery Design Tips

Add space and storage to your nursery with these simple design strategies.
By: Amanda Lecky

Paint an Accent Wall

Don't assume pale colors always work best in small spaces. Painting one wall of this tiny nursery a deep shade actually made it look larger, because that wall appears to recede. Slim wall-mounted shelves all the way to the ceiling hold important supplies; replacing the door with a graphic curtain helps open the space to an adjoining room during the day. Design by Christie Chase

Get Rid of Your Closet Doors

Removing the closet door can help expand a small nursery. Look for adjustable shelves and rods, so you can customize it to your child's changing needs as he or she grows. If you plan to remove the closet door, choose attractive storage containers to hold shoes, folded clothes and other items. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Make It Mobile

When your nursery doubles as a guest room, it's important to keep design elements modular. Attach casters to the bottom of your baby bed to roll into the master bedroom when guests need a good night's sleep. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Think Petite and Multipurpose

Choosing delicate-lined accent furniture works well for a small room because it doesn't take up much visual space. But don't forgo storage: Even a tiny nightstand can offer storage for books beside a comfy reading chair. Design by Small Shop Studio; Photo courtesy of Lindsay Dress

Go Vertical

Using otherwise-empty wall space around and above the crib added much-needed storage in this diminutive nursery. The reflective white surface of the cabinets keeps the look sleek and bright — the units don’t look heavy, but practically disappear into the surrounding wall. Design by Christie Chase

Choose a Cohesive Color Scheme

A pale, monochromatic palette — like the sophisticated mix of white and cream used here — is a smart choice for small spaces. Because the eye isn't distracted by strong contrast, it moves around more freely and perceives the area as more expansive than it is. Whenever working with a one-note color scheme it's key to layer detail and texture to inject personality and interest. Photo courtesy of Project Nursery

Use Every Inch of Space

This small nursery has an awkward alcove that's just right for a freestanding cabinet. More storage sits on top. Hooks, like the multicolored set above the chalkboard, are great for closets, but also for hanging dress-up costumes, art-center aprons, jump ropes and more. Photo courtesy of Lisa Wong Jackson

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