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Choose Nursery Furniture

When choosing furniture for the nursery, keep in mind that it will have a big impact on the room's style, setting the tone for a contemporary, classic, whimsical or vintage-inspired space. Begin with crib selection. Because of its prominence and frequent use, the crib will have the most influence on the room's style and traffic flow.

Finish is an important consideration. White is bright and clean, and can be a great choice if your textiles have deeper colors or vivid patterns. Darker wood tones have a bolder, more classic presence, offering rich contrast with white or pastel crib bedding.

Buying a new crib ensures that the crib will meet current safety standards. Look for features that grow with your child – a height-adjustable mattress and the ability to convert to a toddler bed will save you effort down the line. Many styles can convert further, to a headboard or even a headboard and footboard, increasing longevity.

Buying a changing table and crib from the same collection gives the nursery a cohesive look, but don't be afraid to combine collections. Matching finishes can tie the look together. Choose a changing table with easily accessible shelves, cabinets or drawers, so you can reach what you need with one hand while keeping your other on your baby. Many have a removable top for easy conversion to a dresser.

When buying furniture, take your comfort into consideration. An upholstered chair or glider is perfect feeding or cuddling. Next to the chair, place a floor lamp and a side table to hold items such as burp cloths, water and books.