If you have a baby on the way, there’s a lot to look forward to. Besides preparing to welcome your new bundle of joy and getting showered with gifts, you can have a blast decorating the nursery.
You may have to consider a lot of things, like whether to buy a bassinet along with the crib. What if you opted to keep the baby’s gender a surprise even to yourself? Here are five design tips for your nursery room that will help you create the ideal bonding space for you and your new infant.
1. Pick a Theme
When you think about room themes, you might envision over-the-top ideas that clash with a homey, lived-in look. However, the best-executed motifs give your nursery a sense of direction while seamlessly integrating with the rest of your décor.
A theme doesn’t necessarily have to be top-to-bottom, but it can help you curate a baby shower registry, plan ahead for all the décor touches you’ll need and feel put-together before your life gets a little more chaotic.
2. Pretend It’s After Labor Day
You don’t have to put your white clothes away after Labor Day anymore, but you should keep that shade out of your nursery. That stunning ivory changing table will look dingy after the first few diaper duties.
Instead, think gray or tan tones that won’t show wear and tear. You can also go with bright primary colors or a pastel hue. You don’t want to create a funeral parlor appearance with dark shades, but you’ll go through enough cleaning wipes without having to clear fingerprints from light-colored surfaces.
3. Manage Your Lighting
Make sure your nursery is well-optimized for both sunny days and long nights. Before you begin decorating, check that the windows are sealed well against cold drafts and replace them if they need an upgrade. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable nursery in winter.
Then, find drapes and window blinds that let you block out light early in the morning but fill the room with natural light during the day. You don’t want to spend time in a gloomy space, but it’s best to optimize the nighttime you have available when tending to an infant.
4. Expand Your Color Ideas
Truthfully, your infant doesn’t care if you dress them or decorate their room in pink, blue or green. When it comes to design tips for your nursery room, you might find it freeing to try out colors that aren’t traditionally associated with newborn babies.
You’ll spend many sleepless nights rocking your baby back to sleep. If gentle lavender tones invoke relaxation, go ahead and choose that hue. If you prefer soft yellow to enjoy sunny daylight hours, that can evoke happy feelings, too. Your little one can change it when they reach an appropriate age.
5. Get Creative With Storage Ideas
When you were choosing your home, you might not have thought ahead to consider the space a child would take up. Fortunately you don’t necessarily have to upgrade today. Get creative with your organizational ideas to manage all the new clothing, toys and books that will fill your nursery.
Learn how to use vertical space by building shelves galore to hold the necessities. Attractive baskets keep small accessories like rattles and teething rings organized. Reorganize closets to add shelving space and invest in stackable storage bins for out-of-season items.
6. Go With Little Bitty Everything
If you have a small space, take a hint from folks across the sea with a stylish mini-crib and other tiny accessories. Babies don’t take up much room, and smaller furnishings mean fewer jutting corners to bruise your hips on when you get up for 3 a.m. feeding time.
One item you want full-sized is a quality rocking chair. This seat should scream comfort — it’s where you’ll spend countless hours feeding and comforting your baby.
Design Your Perfect Nursery Room With These Tips
When designing the perfect nursery room, the above five tips will set you on the right path. Decorate your new baby’s space with comfort and style in mind, and it will prove to be a pleasant space for all.
About The Author: Evelyn Long is the editor-in-chief of Renovated, a magazine for home improvement and décor advice. More of her work can be found on Twitter.
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