If you are expecting your first child, you might feel extra responsible for all the decisions you make. In fact, it is not uncommon for moms-to-be to become overwhelmed with the preparation for the baby’s arrival. Today we are helping you to get going with one of the biggest projects in the pregnancy – setting up the nursery.

The easiest way to get started is to hire an interior designer to help you with the process. If you would like to take control in your own hands, follow these three easy steps to the nursery of your dreams:

1. Decide on the color scheme. If you know the gender of the baby, you might prefer to go with the color that’s most often associated with that gender. However, more and more parents choose to go with gender-neutral colors. Such colors, that are usually more neutral, are not as tiring to the eye as brighter colors. Besides, they work better if you think you might have another baby in the next few years that will share the same room with the older sibling.

2. Decide on the furniture. Start with the basics and decide what you will need – a crib, drawers, a changing station and an armchair – are usually on the list. Bear in mind that some furniture will become obsolete or small as the baby grows and will need to be replaced. Take that in consideration when planning out space. The old designer trick is to take measurements of the furniture before buying it and lay it out using old newspapers to see how much space it will take. Think about the color of the furniture that will match your general color scheme.

3. Decide on the accents. Bring in some color and fun to the room with some cute accents. Be careful when choosing the place to put those accents to make they can be properly installed and won’t fall down. For instance, never hang a picture above the crib. Don’t go overboard with toys as you will probably get a lot of them once the baby arrives. Use mirrors to visually increase space and install dimmers to control how much light you need.