One of the most exciting parts of preparing for baby to arrive is getting to design their nursery. However, it can also be really difficult knowing how to decorate it.
If you’ve been staring at a blank room for months and you just can’t decide what to do with it, here you’ll discover some great tips, advice, and ideas on how to design the perfect nursery for your baby.
Location And Practicality
Many parents make the mistake of focusing solely on the décor of the nursery. That is, the color scheme, what furniture will go inside and what overall theme should be used. However, the most important thing you should start with before getting carried away with the décor, is the location and practicality of the nursery.
Ideally, you want the room to be as close to your bedroom as possible. That way, when your little one wakes up during the night, you won’t have far to go to comfort them. It should also be a quiet room of the home if possible, though remember – despite popular opinion, babies don’t actually need total peace and quiet to drift off. In fact, a little noise can make it easier for them to get to sleep.
As for the practicalities, you mainly need to consider the warmth of the room and how much lighting it generates. Your baby should be comfortably warm, so adequate heating will be required. If the room lets in quite a lot of light, you’ll also need to take measures to ensure baby will be able to sleep during the day. You could install blackout blinds to help with this for example.
It should also have plenty of space to house everything you’re going to need. For smaller rooms, there are practical space-saving nursery furniture you can invest in so the nursery doesn’t necessarily have to be huge.
Come Up With A Theme That Matches Your Homes Décor
While it isn’t absolutely necessary, it does make it much easier if you can come up with a specific theme. That way, you’ll be able to focus much better on where you want the design of the room to go.
It’s also a good tip to use a theme which closely matches the décor of the rest of your home, along with your personality. If it doesn’t, you’re going to end up getting pretty tired of it quickly and want to change it again. This is definitely a task you don’t need once little one comes along!
Great tip – If you’re struggling for ideas for a theme, it could help to create a mood board. Take a look at magazines and online sites such as Pinterest, then save pictures of nursery themes you particularly like. You can put your own stamp on it by incorporating different elements from each of the designs you like.
Choose Your Fabrics First
Typically, it’s common for parents to opt for the color of the paint they’re going to use first. This is logical as it’s the first task you generally want to get out of the way before all of the furniture is placed into the room. However, it’s actually better and less stressful to choose the color of your fabrics first.
This includes things like your curtains, throws and baby’s bedding. So, why is it important to choose the color of the fabrics first? Well, you’ll soon discover there’s far less choice when it comes to the color of fabrics, than there is with paint colors. Many parents have painted the nursery, then found out the hard way that the fabrics they’ve gone on to choose simply don’t match the paint.
So, by choosing the fabrics first, it’s easy to then find a paint color to match. This simple tip alone can save you a lot of potential stress.
Don’t Scrimp On The Crib
When it comes to adding furniture, the crib is by far the biggest investment you’ll want to make. It may seem like a lot of money to splash out on a crib, but you need to think that your little one will spend potentially up to three years sleeping in it. So, it makes sense to ensure you’re investing in a high-quality, solid model.
Remember to choose a crib which meets all necessary US safety standards. Also consider whether you’re likely to have another baby in the next couple of years. If you are, it would be pointless investing in a crib which converts into a toddler bed, as new baby will need the crib once they arrive. You’ll also want to make sure the crib is gender neutral if you’re planning on having another one.
Keep The Design Simple
It’s easy to get a little carried away with the furnishings for the nursery. After all, there’s so many cute and beautiful pieces you can include. However, over-decorating can actually cause a lot of issues once baby arrives. It can compromise the practicality of the space and make it appear much smaller than the room actually is.
If you also keep the theme and furniture gender-neutral and not too “babyish”, you’ll avoid having to redecorate in the next couple of years. A great tip is to opt for wall stickers, rather than painting on baby-themed cartoon characters. That way, they can easily be peeled off when baby grows out of them and replaced with more age appropriate décor.
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Consider Painting The Ceiling
Few parents consider painting the ceiling, but it’s actually what baby will spend the majority of their time looking at. Creating a fun themed mural or simply painting the ceiling in fun, bright colors, can help provide a great distraction and grab baby’s interest when you put them down for a nap or just a rest.
Invest In A Changing Station
Besides the crib, a changing station is another important piece of furniture you’ll want to add to the nursery.
You’ll spend a lot of time changing your little one and without a dedicated changing station, it can become a really stressful experience. Changing stations allow you to keep everything you need close by and within easy reach. They also give you a safe place to hold baby while you change them.
Overall, these are just some of the best tips and advice to help you create the perfect nursery. The actual décor and theme you choose should be personal to your home and your individual preferences. The key thing to remember is to ensure you’re making the nursery a practical room to use, as well as a visually pleasing one.