Nursery Nesting: Decorating Small Spaces For Tiny Tots – The Do’s And Don’ts

Last updated on October 12th, 2023

Grand plans for a nursery can bite the dust when you have a small space. Or can they? Granted, making room for your little one is challenging when you live in a space that barely has room for you and your partner.

However, there is no need to shelve your plans like a dream meant for someone else. With these tips, this dream can be yours too, once you know how to make the best of the small space you have. Let’s unveil some tips experts swear by.

A Look at the Dos and Don’ts of This Balancing Act


While it doesn’t seem like rocket science, it’s the little things that make a big impact. To dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘ts’ of nursery design for small spaces, check out these interesting dos and don’ts.

Let’s Tackle the Dos First

Pick light colors: Dark shades are slimming and perfect when you want to knock off a few inches on your waistline. Well, the same rule applies in your space too. Dark colors absorb light and shrink your space. Neutrals, on the other hand, give it a roomier feel.

So, light shades, it is.

Play with patterns: Much like the horizontal stripes on your skirt make you look wider than you are, stripes or patterns can work in your favor in your nursery. For an illusion of height, go vertical. Horizontal strips will create an illusion of a larger space.

Do go for light paint on the ceiling: Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls creates an illusion of space. This vaulted effect makes your nursery look spacious.

Apply paint to the trims: Trims such as the cornice, the window frames, or the doors bring out these features, pushing the walls into the background. Yes, a visual treat!

Large windows can do the trick too: Bulky grill designs and small windows can shrink the space. Large windows let the eyes move on to the space beyond, making it look much bigger.

Let the mirrors do their bit: Wall mirrors reflect the decor giving it dimension. Your space will look a lot bigger as a result. Other reflective surfaces, such as metals on the light fixtures, can lend a hand too.

Pick light and streamlined furniture with clean lines: Curves and ornate shapes are great for your living room. However, straight, neat lines are best suited for a small space as they “fit” into the small space easily.

Do get creative with storage ideas: Babies have needs. This means diapers, wet wipes, changing tables, swaddling clothes, and duvets; need we go on? As they get older, it’s more about toys and books. So plan ahead for storage space, lots of it!

And Now the Don’ts

Don’t go crazy with furniture shopping: Hunting for baby furniture is an exciting adventure. However, make sure you focus on the essentials only. Remember, your baby will soon grow out of most of this stuff.

Curb your wild side: Now that you have your accent wall art in place, go easy on the rest of the space. Too many motifs and a jumble of themes can clutter your space faster than you can say, “Oh mamma!”

Don’t crowd the room with large furniture: It may seem like a dream, but your howling infant will soon find their feet. And that means more room to play!

Don’t buy furniture with sharp edges: A toddler finding their feet is a challenging time, and there are sure to be a few tumbles along the way. Be aware of sharp edges to avoid accidents and trips to the emergency room!

Our Thoughts

Acceptance is the key. Once you enjoy the space you have, you will be amazed at what your change in perspective can do. For the rest, these tips will help you go about it the right way. If you come across hurdles or are unsure of your next step, we are just a call away. For more tips on home decor, you know where to look. Visit, where the action is.