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Decorating the Nursery

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Most parents-to-be today find out the sex of their baby before the baby’s arrival.  However, there is a strong minority who wait to know if they are having a boy or a girl until he or she arrives. Whatever camp parents-to-be fall into, decorating the nursery for baby is an exciting process.  And with all exciting projects, it can also be a little daunting.  Do you choose classic pink for a girl? Blue for a boy?  Or do you decorate in a more gender neutral color like yellow or green for future babies who may occupy the nursery? What if you have fraternal boy/girl twins?

While pink for girls and blue for boys continue to be the most popular choices for nurseries, there is a rise in gender neutral decorating in the nursery.  Princess pink can be replaced by yellow with gray and white accents.  Baseball blues might be exchanged for purple and apple green.  There is no limit to the colors you can choose for a baby’s room.  Keep in mind that it is easier to change paint color than replace flooring so you might want to stick to neutral carpet colors or wood floors for the nursery.

If you go neutral on the walls and floor, you can always bring in feminine and masculine touches with the crib bedding, curtains and accessories.  Toys and games as well as art are great ways to personalize a space to fit baby’s personality as well as gender. Neutral will also allow the room to grow as baby grows into a big kid.

Putting Function First When Designing the Nursery

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

 

Decorating the nursery can be one of the most exciting activities when preparing for the baby. There is an overflowing excitement that expecting parents have, which can be expressed creatively through this design project – but it can also be overwhelming and intimidating for those who have no idea where to begin.

When designing for the nursery, it is easy to want the room to look the best it can. Although aesthetics are important, we still have to keep in mind that we should focus on the functional furniture first before the accessories. The baby would not notice if the flooring complements the ceiling, but a comfortable crib would surely matter to him or her.  Also, for the inevitable baby mess making moments, the surfaces and materials used for the room should be easy to clean.  

The crib, which is usually the centerpiece of the room, should be strategically located near the door where parents can reach it without stumbling or bumping into other furniture, even in the dark. It should also be placed away from the windows where there might be drafts or where the sunlight might hit directly. When choosing a crib, avoid those with horizontals slats that the baby can use to climb out. The space between these slats should also be small enough as to not allow him or her to get stuck in between.

Right next to the crib, having a changing table or nursing station is ideal. Wet accidents can be frequent, and having the changing table close to the crib will allow the parents to quickly clean up the mess and change the diapers.

Storage for these diapers and other necessities should be present within the room. Articles and accessories for infants accumulate over time so it is important to accommodate for more things than you start out with. To help make it more comfortable for the mother to feed or to hold the baby, you can place a rocking chair or a recliner by the window. A night table or a side table can also be a nice addition to the room. As the baby brows, tables and other furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor using nylon straps or L brackets.

Aside from functionality, safety is another crucial concern when designing the room. Electrical outlets should be covered and cables should be securely tucked away. Choking hazards and harmful products should be stored out of the baby’s reach.

Designing a nursery can be challenging, but when we carefully consider not only the needs of the new baby but also the joy that the room will bring, it can also be an exciting part of getting ready for baby.