If you don’t know how to translate the gorgeous rooms you see on Instagram and Pinterest, design help is on the way. These online interior design services let you create a picture-perfect room for your little one, often for a fraction of the cost of a traditional design team. Read on to find the right design partner.
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Thanks to a partnership between buybuyBABY and online interior design service Decorist, we can now get professional nursery design help and inspiration through Design Squad. This cool solution pairs online shopping for nursery necessities and the professional eye of hundreds of Decorist interior designers (many of whom are parents themselves) with in-store support at buybuyBABY stores. You select your level of service: Shop pieces directly from professionally designed nurseries; get answers to specific design questions (for free!); choose a custom room design; or get inspiration from the design blog. Start the process of creating your dream room by taking an online quiz to determine your nursery design style, and be sure to check out the 3D Nursery Design Tool. This cool tool lets you create the nursery of your dreams and is super helpful for determining how items for sale will work in your space. Find out more at buybuybaby.com.
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.
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.
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 Elm, Pottery Barn Kids, Ballard 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!