If you’re feeling overwhelmed by those perfectly pin-able Pinterest boards and Instagram seems like a sea of swoon-worthy nurseries, design help is on the way. These online interior design services let you create a a picture-perfect room for your little one, often for the fraction of the cost of a design team. Read on to find the right design partner.

photo: Havenly

Havenly is a great first stop on your path to decorating a blank slate. Start with the site’s cost calculator, where you can select items to get an idea of the cost of a completed space. For each category, choose if you want the item to be a budget, moderate or spendy purchase. These estimates are averages, so don’t be alarmed if you choose a budget crib and see a whopping price tag of $400. Havenly works with a number of reasonably priced retailers, like Wayfair and Target, meaning you can ask your designer to choose a crib that’s under $300. Next, choose between the mini or full design package (the full includes a 3D rendering for those who can’t visualize space easily). You can’t go wrong here because you can upgrade or downgrade from either package and—if you’re ultimately not happy—you can get a full refund. Just have a quick question, like what mobile would work over the crib or where to find a stylish glider? For $19, you can get hands-on help with smaller details.

Find out more at havenly.com.

No matter what aesthetic you lean toward, HomePolish can put you in touch with a skilled and experienced designer who can create a look that matches the rest of your decor. Expect the same level of design you’d get from a brick-and-mortar design house—without trying to figure out which one to use. HomePolish charges $140 an hour (with a 10 hour minimum), but unlike other sites, you will be in direct contact with a decorator throughout the design process. Plus, HomePolish can do more than help you source furniture; if you’re looking to create built-ins or a window seat in your nursery, this site can help you locate contractors to get the job done.

Find out more at homepolish.com.

photo: Decorist

Thanks to a partnership with buybuyBABY this excellent design choice is more affordable now than ever: For $199 they will help you get a celeb-level nursery without the hefty price tag (although they do have upgrade options available). Decorist even has FREE in-store design service with a nursery design stylist at buybuyBABY Pleasant Hill, CA; Chelsea and Brooklyn, New York; and Downers Grove, Illinois. Plus, if you have a simple question—like what’s a good, easy-on-the-eye white paint for a small nursery space?—you can ask at the Design Bar for free.

Find out more at decorist.com.buy-buy-baby.

Your Favorite Furniture Store
If you need some hand-holding but don’t have the budget to invest in a 3D rendering, check out the in-house design services offered by the mall-staple furniture companies (think West ElmPottery Barn KidsBallard Design and Restoration Hardware). Most of these services are free and are offered online as well as in-store. Restoration Hardware provides this service free for members (membership costs $100 but includes perks like 25% on full-priced items and 20% off sale items). These companies employ certified designers who will incorporate your existing furniture into a plan that features your brand of choice, so you don’t need to utilize a company that specializes in nurseries. If you’ve picked out the crib, they can do the rest—rugs, curtains, wall color and more!

photo: Modsy

Most e-design sites offer a premium tier package that includes a 3D rendering; at Modsy, all packages include 3D images. If you have trouble visualizing a space, this is the platform for you!  You can see exactly what your space will look like—and you’ll receive unlimited revisions. So, if you decide you want the nursery to double as a guest room or you want to have your older kiddos bunk with the new baby, you can change up the design for no extra charge. There are two packages to choose from: the bare-bones classic costs $69 and the premium, which includes phone calls and email correspondence with your stylists, costs $149.

Find out more at modsy.com.

Meghan Meyers


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