Many new parents go overboard when decorating a nursery. They hire an artist to paint murals on the walls, spend a small fortune on themed accessories and fill the room with more furniture and baby equipment than they really need. Children grow quickly and unless you are planning to redecorate often, it’s wisest to keep your décor simple. Creating a safe haven for your baby should be the most important consideration when decorating a nursery. It should be a relaxing and welcoming environment for the baby and parents alike. Here are some things to consider when planning the décor.
- Start decorating the nursery long before the baby arrives. Pregnancy can be tiring but usually after the first trimester you begin feeling more energetic. The second trimester is probably your best bet for taking on the project.
- The latest trend in nursery décor is to use neutral colours that blend with the colour scheme used throughout the house. For added interest you can install a chair rail and paint the lower half of the walls a different shade from the upper half. Create a healthy, toxin-free environment by choosing paint that does not contain volatile organic compounds. You can add fun accessories like art, wall hangings, mobiles and stuffed animals. As your child grows it is easy to update the room by changing a few accessories rather than repainting the room.
- Exercise caution if you are considering using a crib that friends or family members have offered to give you. Many cribs do not meet the current safety guidelines. Unless you are absolutely sure that the particular make and model of the crib you’ve been offered does, you are better off buying a good quality new crib. Many of the cribs available today are very versatile and can grow with your child; converting into toddler beds or even twin-sized beds.
- Choose practical furniture for the nursery. And before buying any furniture, draw a floor plan using the exact dimensions of the furniture pieces you are considering to determine how they will fit in the room. The layout should allow for easy movement about the room. Besides the crib, all you really need is a good changing table, a small dresser and a comfortable nursing chair or glider rocker. When choosing a chair, buy the best quality you can afford because you’ll be spending a great deal of time in it.
- When it comes to window treatments, no nursery should be without black out blinds. Being able to totally block out the light will help you get the baby to sleep during the day and prevent him/her from waking up at the crack of dawn. You can add bright, colourful curtains over the blinds.
- You can save money by buying nursery accessories used. Garage sales and swap meets are a great place to find gently used décor items like wall art, lamps, mobiles and much more, at a fraction of what they would cost you new.
With a little bit of imagination, you can create a beautiful, peaceful and practical environment for your new baby.