7 Essentials to Include in Your Dream Nursery

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We always welcome a nursery project! Selecting all the little details and color palettes makes it feel more surreal! You have to make the space functional and comfortable for your baby. When designing a nursery, we want to infuse personality and practicality. As experienced interior designers, we know what works best. If you’re wondering what to invest in for the immediate future, here are the seven essential pieces you need to create the perfect nursery.


Investing in a high-quality glider for your nursery is a wise choice considering the amount of time you’ll spend rocking, nursing, and reading with your little one. Look for a glider upholstered in a performance fabric that can withstand heavy usage and spills. These gliders can be a bit pricey, but they hold their value over the long run, making them a great investment. When you’re ready to resell it, you can get a good return on your investment.

Opt for a glider over a rocking chair, as it provides better stability and comfort for you and your baby. Nothing is more frustrating than a chair that moves all over the place and needs to be adjusted. Having comfort for you and your baby is key, especially for a piece you will spend endless hours bonding in.


While the crib phase may be short-lived, it’s still important to invest in a quality crib that can grow with your child well into toddlerhood. Rather than going for a less expensive option, consider choosing a crib that meets safety standards and can withstand the test of time. Look for cribs that can easily transition from a crib to a toddler bed, and ensure that they are made from durable materials. Here are some of our favorite picks for quality cribs that can take you from infancy to toddlerhood. Here are some of our favorite picks for quality cribs that will last.


A dresser is an essential piece of furniture your child will need at every age, especially in the early years when it can double as a changing table. When choosing a dresser, it’s important to pick a timeless design that can adapt as the room changes and your child grows. Consider investing in a dresser with versatile color and finish that can match a variety of styles and aesthetics. Simple alterations like changing out knobs can make for an easy refresh as your child gets older, allowing the piece to continue to be useful even as your child’s tastes and preferences change over time.


Investing in a rug is a great way to transform your nursery into a cozy and personalized space. We always recommend a 100% wool rug for its durability to withstand heavy foot traffic, and is easier to clean. Additionally, selecting a rug with a pattern can help mask stains and wear and tear, making it easier to maintain the rug’s appearance over time. While a wool rug may be an investment, it can be well worth it in terms of the warmth and personality it adds to the room.


Picture that blissful time between reading to your baby and putting them down for the night. The lighting in the room sets the tone for a smooth transition to bedtime. Soft ambient lighting creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere that encourages relaxation and sleep. Consider using table and floor lamps as a convenient alternative to overhead lighting, which can be too bright and harsh. This will make it easier to adjust the lighting to your liking and create a more comfortable environment for you and your baby.

Bookcase & Toy Storage

What better way to encourage reading than an inviting and stocked bookcase filled with stories they’ll remember for years to come. Toys and books can accumulate fast, so having a system to keep them organized will give you and your littles more time to bond and less need to clean.  We love incorporating bookcases that have cubbies and that give you the flexibility to incorporate baskets to mix and match with hiding toys and displaying books. This allows you to switch out new books on display each week to spark curiosity in new stories!

Window Treatments

Investing in blackout shades for your baby’s room is a smart choice to extend nap and nighttime hours. Blackout shades block out external light and help set the mood for a peaceful and restful sleep. They are especially useful when the sun rises early and sets late in the summer. We recommend choosing versatile, neutral fabrics that complement your nursery decor and adapt to your child’s changing preferences. As your child grows, you can switch up the room’s look with different decor items without having to change the shades. Plus, blackout shades are easy to clean and maintain, making them a practical choice for busy parents.

If you’re struggling to execute the perfect space for your little one, give us a call and we can work together to ensure all the details are just right! We love designing nurseries, and would love to help you create your dreamy oasis for your kids!

About Atelier Roux

Atelier Roux is a full-service design firm run by Manon Roux. We’re dedicated to crafting bespoke interiors that harmonize with the rhythm of our clients’ lives, seamlessly merging sophistication with purpose in every narrative we create.

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