Nursery Design Tips from Tori Swaim:
How to Design Your Dream Nursery

We are excited to share some nursery design tips from Tori Swaim! Tori is a mom of three, designer and the brilliant mind behind New Arrivals Inc. Tori has tons of experience designing spaces for little ones, and she has shared some ideas to help you get inspired.

There are so many online resources for nursery design inspiration right at your finger tips! Some of my favorites include Houzz, Pinterest and Decorpad. Design blogs are also a great resource for gathering ideas. Deciding on your favorite colors and patterns will help you get started on creating your dream nursery! A good starting point for your nursery design is the baby bedding.


Start by visiting a fabric store and gathering swatches of your favorite fabrics. Separate your swatches into color groups. Spend some time playing around with different color combinations and throw in fun patterns as well. You can also create a mood board by searching for colors samples and patterns online.

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Next, decide which group has your favorite colors and patterns. Think about whether or not these fabrics will coordinate well with other items you have in mind for your room (furniture, lighting, decor, ect). Choose one main patterned fabric and then coordinate basic patterns around it. Decide where you will use the main fabric. Usually the main fabric will be used on the crib skirt or crib bumper. Coordinating basics are perfect for the sheet and changing pad cover. The main fabric is also good for curtain panels and throw pillows. Mixing and matching patterns and colors will create visual interest.


After you’ve decided on colors and patterns for your crib bedding, it’s time to select paint and coordinating decor. Pull together a few paint samples and match them to your bedding fabrics. It’s also a good idea to take paint samples and fabric swatches with you when shopping for other nursery items. This will help you visualize how items will look once they are all in the room together.

Non-toxic paint is great for nurseries

Designing a nursery can be overwhelming.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to decide on colors, fabrics, furniture and room decor. It’s never too early to start coming up with ideas and getting inspiration. Pinterest is a great starting point and a great way to keep your ideas organized.

Whatever you do, design a nursery that makes you smile.  After all, you will be spending a lot of time there once your little one arrives!

– Contributed by Tori Swaim, Owner and Designer of New Arrivals Inc. Bedding

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Products featured above include Zig Zag Baby Crib Bedding Set in Rainbow by New Arrivals Inc.; DENY Designs canvas wall art – Hedgie, Miss Gladys, and Have Spirit; Innit Design’s Acapulco Chair in White Weave; non-toxic wall paint by Lullaby Paints; Blabla’s Pink Birds Mobile; 3 Sprouts’ Crocodile Toy Chest; Tocky the Rolling Alarm Clock in Aqua; and Bungalow 5’s Yellow Shangrila Lamp Base.



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