Ok, so this nursery probably won't be gracing the covers of any baby magazines, but I was really happy with how it turned out. I wanted to create a bright and cheerful, but gender neutral nursery for our third baby, and without spending a lot. I was motivated to post this to show that with some creativity and resourcefulness, you can create a nice looking, cohesive nursery without spending a fortune. My total cost - including furniture, bedding and decor - less that $250!!
My initial inspiration was the Alexander Henry fabric I used on the curtains and crib skirt. I've recently started sewing and I knew I wanted to try my hand at creating some of the room elements myself, so I went on a hunt for the perfect fabric. Because we're not finding out the sex of our baby, I needed something that would work for a boy or girl. I knew I wanted something bold and modern, that was fun, but not too babyish. When I found this fabric, I knew it was perfect. And it worked with the blue color already on the walls - Bonus! Since the colors in the fabric were so dark, and the room was so...blue, I knew I wanted the furniture to be white to lighten things up. The rest of the elements I chose around the fabric colors, then I added some pops of orange and other bright colors in the smaller details.
I don't know if I have one specific style. I like things that are clean and modern - not too fussy. I'm not a fan of the minimalist look for a baby room, but I also didn't want it to be too cluttered or busy. Most importantly, I wanted it to be bright, colorful and fun.
Aside from the Alexander Henry fabric I used for the curtains, crib skirt and blanket, almost everything in the room is either thrifted, re-purposed or homemade.
One of my favorite elements of the room are the tissue paper pom-poms. They are so bright and fun, and add a lot of color to the room - and I made them all for about $4.00! I also really like the footstool - a thrift store find that I topped with foam, and recovered with bright orange duck cloth. Again, I love the pop of color it adds to the room - plus it's really comfy!
If you're looking to design a cute room on a small budget, look for your larger items second-hand. I found all my large furniture items on Craigslist or thrift stores. Re-purpose or re-paint things you already have around the house. As for decor, try making things yourself! Go to sites like Pinterest or Craftgawker for tons of ideas and inspiration. It will save you lots of money, and it's fun!