Decorating the nursery is a fun and exciting time when you’re expecting your little one that both you and your partner can get involved with.
The baby’s room is as much a space for you as it is for your expected arrival as you’ll be spending considerable amount of time in here for the first few years, especially when it comes to bedtime. You’ll want something that you and your little one can enjoy for a few years to come. So, a detailed design at this stage can save you a lot of time, and money, down the line.
Pinterest is full of great ideas, but realistically how can you execute them well? What other considerations do you need to bear in mind when it comes to decorating and doing up the baby’s room? We hope that our suggestions are all encompassing, help to answer some of these questions and really help inspire you.
Deciding on a theme for the nursery
One of your first considerations for the baby’s room is the theme that you’ll follow. Most couples don’t go for a simple pink or blue anymore and this is where Pinterest can really help spur your creativity.
Your central thread may be flowers, the jungle, the moon and stars etc. or you may decide the theme will centre around a particular colour instead of a character or animal. The best starting point is pinning your favourite ideas to get a better feel for you do like and to know what it is you really don’t.
As for execution, we hope our below tips can help.
You don’t want to be changing the room every 5 minutes and want something that they’ll hopefully love for the next few years. Additionally, you want something that is calming but colourful.
Muted and pastel colours are really great for creating a peaceful and happy ambience. If you’re wanting to use bright colours, keep it to a feature wall or use in accents and furnishings instead. Colour is a consideration as bright colours may be too lively and keep the baby from settling. Project nursery did a really interesting piece on how colour can affect your baby’s mood which is well worth a read.
Think durability when it comes to wallpaper and paint
Always consider spending that little extra when it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom and go for a washable paint or wallpaper to allow you to remove stubborn stains, marks and eventually ink. Dulux in particular have an extensive selection for easy care paint.
Templates and stencils for baby’s room
If you’re looking for added features and decoration on the walls, then wall stickers are an easy solution; no need to attempt to hand draw.
Alternatively, make your own stencils with simple shapes using plastic acetate. Stars, moons, hearts and balloons are relatively easy to do. As it’ll be clear plastic you’re using, you can even trace it on and using a cutting mat and scalpel to cut out your designs with more accuracy.
How can you control the temperature in the baby’s room?
The optimum temperature for sleep is between 16-20 Celsius. This will help to ensure that your baby is comfortable during the night and will hopefully, sleep soundly (or course apart from the night feeds).
A thermostat is a key item for the nursery so you can quickly, and easily, see if the room is at the optimum temperature.
It’s also worth checking to see whether you have a thermostatic radiator in your room which will allow you to control how much heat goes into the room. If you don’t have one yet, it may be worth considering having one installed as these can help with temperature control, especially in the winter when you need to differentiate the temperature between rooms.
Creating the illusion of darkness in your nursery
A baby’s body clock will often mimic that of the sun. As it rises, your baby is likely to stir and unlikely to want to go to sleep if the sun is still shining brightly. During the summertime especially, you’ll want to create the illusion of night to help your baby (and you!) get the best sleep possible.
To do this, we’d recommend using both blackout roller blinds and curtains with a blackout lining. Using the combination of the two will help stop all traces of light from entering the room. Additionally, blackout blinds and curtains can help to control temperature as it’ll reflect the sunlight away from the window, keeping the room at the desired temperature.
What kind of furniture and storage do you need for a baby’s room?
You don’t want a space that is cluttered but you also want somewhere that can grow with your child. Multi-functional furniture can help save you a lot of money over the years. We run through a few suggestions:
A cot bed, which will allow the bed to transition as they grow, gives you great value and you’re less likely to have transitional issues as it’ll allow you to adjust in stages and will still be the same bed they’ve slept in since they were babies. Additionally, something with a little storage in it, to help with storing bedding and clothing, will be a huge space saver as help save having to get additional pieces of furniture.
We love the Mamas and Papas Mia Sleigh Cot which is a cot and toddler bed in one and has the additional space saver of a changing top and storage drawer.
Chest of drawers with changing top
A common piece in most nurseries is the chest of drawers which features a changing frame. This will give you room to store clothes, accessories and changing equipment to ensure a swift and easy change of nappies.
Chair for you
When you’re trying to settle your baby in their room, you may find you need to spend lengthy periods in there, especially when you’re feeding through the night.
A rocking/gliding chair is a great piece that can really help to soothe and settle your baby to help them get to sleep easier. It’ll allow you to create the motion they like, with little effort, especially important when you’re up in the night with them.
You may also consider a bookshelves for story times or ornaments or pictures.
Tips for making the baby’s room safe
When it comes to the décor for your baby’s room, safety, we’re sure, is at the forefront of your mind. Therefore, always ensure that if you’re using roller or corded blinds, that the cord is attached to the wall to prevent choking accidents; fabrics in your decorating scheme are not draped around or near the changing table or cot. Plugs should be covered and switches and electrical cords out of reach.
We hope our suggestions help in creating the perfect nursery for your little one. If you have some design tips, we’d love to hear from you, as we’re sure our other readers would too! Just leave us a comment below.
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