As you prepare for the arrival of your little one, designing and building the nursery is all part of the fun. From sweet baby decor to shelves neatly stacked with soft blankets and burp clothes, your goal is to create a nursery that’s a baby haven.
Before you know it, your baby learns to climb out of the crib and pull every single book from the shelf. All the toys that were neatly put away have somehow spread from one corner of the room to the next. Your once baby, now toddler, wants big kid toys. Then, it’s movie posters and video games! As your baby grows, their needs will be ever-changing. Follow Fisher-Price.com’s advice, and do an asse
ssment of their room and belongings at every milestone. Overhauling and remodeling a bedroom every year can be challenging. Design a nursery that’s easy to update as your baby grows into a sweet little being.
Painting without limits is tempting, but painting bedroom walls with bold colors and unique patterns can be restrictive for when you want to subtly remodel. For aesthetic longevity, keep it neutral. If you want to play with paint, go two-toned. Use two colors that complement a room’s decor or theme.
Try to avoid the traditional blue or pink, gender-specific colors. For a more daring color scheme that makes a statement, don’t be afraid of dark colors for both boys’ and girls’ rooms. A dark-hued room can enhance a variety of themed rooms, including bugs and nature, cartoons, superheroes, or guitar and music motifs.
Nurseries need to be functional. Babies require a room full of essentials, including diapers, wipes, extra sheets, and lotions. Include a vintage dresser or oak armoire with plenty of shelving. As your baby grows into being a toddler and kid, bedroom shelves will always be purposeful — design the nursery with shelves that are durable and timeless. Neutral colors, such as taupe, hickory or birch, will keep up with changing tastes, and cabinets with closing doors keep clutter out of sight.
Just as children outgrow toys, they’ll outgrow room decor. Keep more costly items as neutral as possible, such as rugs, curtains and bedding material. If you choose themed bedding, such as Disney’s “Cars,” and patterned curtains, such as hot pink flowers, you’ll end up being financially burdened with replacing those items as your child grows out of them. Accent the room with bedding in one solid color and accessorize with pillows and throws. Hang high-quality window coverings — grommet curtains in stone, willow or sky will look clean and classic. Also, framed wall art of the alphabet and periodic table of elements can enhance wall space as youthful decor.
Personalizing a room doesn’t have to be extravagant or elaborate. Simple artwork, such as wall hangings and figurines, can give a space character. Whattoexpect.com even mentions that babies need to be surrounded by pictures to stimulate their brains. Group together framed pictures of different sizes on a wall to add decoration without breaking the bank. Swap out pictures for a new look with free printables from Printabledecor.net or Curbly.com. For more inspiration, check out HGTV.com’s slideshow of kids’ rooms decorating ideas.
Author: Written by George Iverson for The Baby View
George manages his own interior design company and website about home building and decorating.