How to decorate a nursery with high end style on a small budget
The easiest way to save the most money is to focus on finding the big pieces of furniture for the least amount of money.
In this case, the crib, glider and dresser were the big ticket items. When shopping for furniture that comes with safety concerns, make sure you aren’t sacrificing quality over budget. In this case, I made sure to read all of the reviews I could find on the crib to make sure it was a solid piece of furniture. Another way I saved on furniture was by not buying a traditional changing table. Those can get very pricey and are too small to be practical long term. My solution was to buy a dresser that can be used long after your baby grows up, and I added a changing tray that fits on top of any dresser to make it a functional changing table.
Spend a little more on the big impact items.
Figure out which items in your design will be the standouts, and allow yourself to spend a little more to get that look. The crib bedding is actually the exact same bedding that is in the inspirational photo, but the pillow was a similar one that I found for half the price on Etsy. I decided to also spend a little extra on the to get a softer feel without sacrificing that great natural fiber look. The rug I found was a blend of jute and chenille (among other fibers).
Have your local hardware store color match high end paint colors.
I love Benjamin Moore paint colors. They are very high quality, and I highly recommend using a higher end brand when you want the colors to last. A nursery, on the other hand, is a room that you will most likely be painting over in the next few years. This opens up a great opportunity to save by having your local hardware store color match the high end colors in a lower end paint.