Just after we put our home on the market, I realized I would need a plan for decorating a nursery in a rental home. I had lovingly and painstakingly decorated B’s nursery (see below) I wasn’t looking forward to leaving it for a temporary dwelling where I wouldn’t be able to paint or make any other permanent changes to the room.
I knew we would only be living there for a year or so, but it was important to me that her room be personalized and cute for however long she had it. I was at a loss so I did what any other mother in peril would do; I took to the internet. Unfortunately, while nursery decorating ideas abounded, ideas specific to decorating in a rental did not.
So, I was left to my own devices and here is what I came up with:
- Decals are your friend. Vinyl decals are a great option to add a ton of personality without the permanence of paint. Etsy is my favorite place to find fun, unique decals.
- Go crazy with your color or theme. The walls may be white, but your decor doesn’t have to be. Curtains, lamps, furniture, crib bedding, toy chests, changing pads, etcetera, all provide an opportunity to bring color into the room.
- Occupy unused space. The ceiling is often neglected when decorating, but it’s the perfect place to inject sparkle into an otherwise boring room. Tissue pom poms, mobiles, even decals can be used to personalize a space.
After a bit of tweaking, I was able to come up with a room that I could live with. It’s definitely different than her previous room, but it’s growing on me.
New Nursery In Our Rental
Have you decorated a nursery in a rental? What are some of your ideas?