How To Put Together A "Classic Glam" Nursery

How To Put Together A "Classic Glam" Nursery

Alison Gerber
Jun 18, 2013

This time last year we put together a round-up of 10 Classic Glam Nurseries, which was a real visual treat and loved by many. But sometimes loving the look of something does not necessarily mean knowing how to pull it off. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to put together a classic glam nursery of your own.

1. Start with some "grown up" furniture. Classic Glam makes beautiful nurseries but is essentially a mature style. Try out pieces from around your house: a chair, side table or dresser you usually use elsewhere. Chances are that if you are drawn to this style you already will own furniture that works. Look for antiques, wood pieces with interesting shapes, nailhead trim, and tufted chairs. Check out the chair and dresser in Vivien's nursery for an idea of what you are looking for.

2. Look at pictures of classic glam rooms you like and select a (muted) color scheme. Think grays, browns, cream, white, and pastel colors. Don't worry, it won't stay this way to the end. But think of the 80-20 rule, at least 80% of what is the room should be made up of these colors. Here is a color breakdown I made using the Sherwin-Williams "Chip It" tool, from a room from Veronica and Keith's home featured on our classic glam round-up post.

3. Incorporate natural textures. Furs, woven fabrics, stone, baskets, and wood can all add glamor to a room. All of these can be seen here in this, Marina's "grown-up" room. Fur is an easy place to start: a sheepskin rug (real or fake) is a perfect soft place for baby to lie and will look amazing in your classic glam room.

4. Don't forget shiny things! In a nursery, metal can be added with decorative hardware, lighting (table lamps or chandeliers), mobiles, or in small metallic accents like a piggy bank or bookends. And of course: mirrors! Such a simple way to add glamor as well as light and a sense of space to any room. This bamboo-framed mirror (from Lonny) is gorgeous above the green campaign chest dresser with brass, metallic hardware. Another picture from a grown up space that could easily be adapted to a nursery (think: dresser as change table).

5. Add some bold contrast. This is essential to add drama to the room. Think: blank and white rugs, contrast piping on bedding, monogrammed bedding in a bold color, even a feature wall in bold colors. This bedroom by Nicole gives you a few options for where you could put contrast: here it is in the rug, bedding, picture frames and ottoman. Don't go overboard with the bold colors, rooms which do this in moderation are the most striking. 

(Images: as linked above)

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