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During pregnancy, one of the most exciting stages of preparation for many expecting parents is the baby nursery. Planning and preparing the nursery for the new baby is a thrilling task that really brings home the reality of the situation. You’re having a baby!
With a lot of focus during pregnancy naturally centring around the mother, a lot of dads might feel as if they want to do more. Decorating a nursery is a great way to make both parents feel more involved in the pregnancy, especially for partners who may feel a little helpless in what more they could do in addition to supporting the mother throughout her changes.
Tips On Decorating The Nursery
When decorating a nursery, you always want to start with the crib and its placement before purchasing everything else to fill the room. The crib will be the focus point of the room, so the rule of thumb is to decorate around the crib.
Of course, before you even start to furnish the nursery, you need to keep in mind where all the power sockets are and where the heaters are in the room, as well as any windows. You won’t want to make any plug sockets inaccessible to you, and heaters should always be uncovered with nothing propped up against it, like cribs or dressers.
Remember that babies spend a lot of time on their backs looking up at the ceiling, so make sure that there’s always something for baby to look at. This could be a mobile above the baby cot or even fun wall decals stuck to the ceiling. Bright colours give baby something visual to focus on, and family photos are a fantastic way for babies to learn to recognise familiar faces.
A soft rug on the floor can really tie elements of the room together, and makes for a wonderfully plush surface for baby to play on. Once your baby is a little older and able to sit up by themselves or even crawl around, this is something that they will really appreciate. A plush, baby-friendly rug can also help to create a sensory play area, combining a range of different play activities to help stimulate baby’s senses – crucial for your little one’s cognitive development. Baby’s sensory play area can feature different colours of textured fabrics for babies to explore (e.g. bumpy, hard, smooth, fluffy) as well as lights and sounds that can be activated through different actions.
How To Decorate Your Nursery On A Budget
When you’re decorating a nursery on a budget, you need to figure out exactly what you need and start with the necessities, so you don’t end up with any extravagant baby furnishings with no money left to spend on the cot – the most important component of the nursery!
Those on a budget need to plan extra thoroughly exactly how much you can afford on various aspects of the nursery, and how much you will need in six month’s time, a year’s time and so on. You’re not going to want to constantly have to redecorate to keep up with your child’s growing demands, so make sure the room is able to transition smoothly as your baby grows older. (So you might want to stay away from the pastel coloured walls and go with a colour that will work for years to come, even once baby hits their teen years which seems like a lifetime away when baby is even’t born yet!)
Neutral colour schemes work well, as they are timeless and flexible enough to work for a number of different themed rooms. Even if kids decide that they want to swap bedrooms (because they can be weird like that!), or just outgrow baby animal motifs and suddenly form an obsession with trains, neutral colour schemes can play a background role for many bedroom designs. But by using baby-suitable details and accessories, you can easily swap bits out as your baby ages without having to redesign the entire room.
Wall decals are an amazingly cost-effective way of adding fun, whimsical details to the baby room, and can easily be peeled off and replaced with other designs once baby grows up into a “big kid” who requires more mature bedroom themes and children’s bedroom furniture. Babies grow up fast, and a bedroom that grows with your child is the aim for any family who doesn’t want the room design to be limited by their budget.
How To Decorate A Small Nursery
If you’re decorating a small nursery, you’re going to need to make the most out of the space available to you. Every nook and crevice needs to serve a purpose. So you have to think vertically. Vertical storage solutions, like stacked shelves or tall and narrow furniture, is a great way to save much needed floor space. The goal is to keep as much off the floor as possible, so consider shelves and hooks on the walls and maybe even a folding changing table that folds down from the wall, or ones that can you rest on the cot.
Wicker baskets are your best friend. Not only are they attractive, and come in all sorts of colours to match any décor, but they have a delicate look to them that particularly suits baby décor. Wicker baskets are a fabulous way of storing and organising various bits and bobs away, and you can tuck them away under cots or chairs, put them up on shelves or in cupboards.
To instantly make your small nursery look a lot bigger, you can get rid of any doors in the room (to the closet, wardrobe or whatever) and maybe even replace the door with a voile curtain. The soft drape of the curtain creates the impression of more space, rather than solid, view-blocking, opaque doors. It also means that opening doors won’t take up space, and you don’t have to measure how much space gets taken up by opening doors, or where to stand when you open doors in very small rooms.
A light colour on the walls will also help to create the illusion of a larger room, so aim for light or neutral colours for both the walls and large furnishings to visually “push back” any large furniture, such as wardrobes and the cot, toward the walls.
It might be tempting when decorating the nursery to try and plan ahead and buy everything you will need throughout the coming months in one go for the sake of preparation. However, you might end up cluttering the room with things that you won’t even need for months. Think about things that baby will need immediately, and things that won’t be used for a few months. As baby grows, they will require new things and no longer need others. You can swap out items in the room then, to make sure that the small room isn’t cluttered with non-essential items.
How To Decorate A Nursery In Your Bedroom
Not everyone has the space in their house to dedicate an entire room to the baby’s nursery. Many of us may have a large three bedroom house, but if you have children that currently occupy the other two bedrooms and aren’t able to share then there are ways to make your master bedroom baby-friendly.
Think of the nursery as an extension of your bedroom. Theme the nursery differently to the main area of the bedroom, but carry across the main colour and style to unify the space so that it doesn’t seem as if you’ve literally dropped a nursery in the corner of your room. An effective way of separating the two areas of the room is by using an area rug in your nursery. Rugs are also a good way of absorbing sound to make the room a little quieter for baby and you.
Remember that sharing your bedroom with the nursery is probably only a temporary solution (you can’t expect your children to share a bedroom with you forever!), so if you’re quick to get out the paint or make any permanent structural changes, consider how long it will be before you will have to reverse all the changes made. Or at least consider how you can re-purpose any permanent changes to suit your needs once the baby has moved out of your room.