When it comes to preparing to welcome the ‘new member’ into the family, our instincts are like any other animal. We want to make a cosy nest and get everything ready for the big day. Most parents find ways to give the best comfort to their little bundle of joy, and their search begins with nursery decoration ideas. Keeping this in mind, GharPedia has compiled a few useful tips for the same, so that you can build a stunning and comfortable cocoon for your baby.
Decorating a nursery for a first baby is one of life’s little luxuries. The baby won’t mind how you decorate the nursery, but it is the parent’s way of expressing their love and excitement. The activity of decorating the nursery gives expectant parents something positive to do, and there are lots of things to look out for. If you are a new parent and curious to know how to decorate a nursery for the apple of your eye, we have some interesting nursery decoration ideas.
Following is a list of nursery decoration ideas:
- Nursery Colours
- Nursery Window Curtains
- Nursery Changing Table
- Nursery Furniture
- Lighting In the Nursery
- Nursery Sleeping Cot
The most important thing while beginning with nursery décor is the choice of colours, whether it is nursery wall colours or nursery furniture colours. If you already know the gender of your baby, you may want to follow a traditional pink or blue colour scheme for nursery wall colours or the usual alternative, which has always been pale yellow. One good reason for sticking to these colours is that they are the colours of most products, presents and accessories for babies. Strong primary colours like red, yellow and blue are great to be used later on; but they seem very harsh for a nursery. There are gentler contemporary colours if you wish to avoid the pinks and blues, such as green, pale sea green, lavender, apricot and buttery cream. These nursery colours are always in demand.
It may be difficult to imagine, but your baby will soon be a rampaging toddler and it is worth keeping this in mind when you decorate the nursery. Try to choose colours and styles that will either be appropriate later on or that can be added to or adapted for a growing child.
Nursery Window Curtains
The most important thing you need to know about nursery windows is that they need to have curtains or blinds that block out the light completely. This can be done by lining nursery window curtains with black or navy blue fabric or using special black-out lining fabric. If the sun is still shining outside, flimsy muslin curtains won’t be able to convince a baby that it is time to go to bed!
Roller blinds are fine for babies before they begin to investigate the way things work, but can be something of a hazard later on when the pulls are grabbed too hard or suddenly let go of so that they shoot out of reach. Roman blinds fold up and down and are a better bet because they don’t need stiffening, can be lined with blackout material, and are surprisingly easy to make. There are many ideas, such as DIY no-sew curtains at home that you can always refer to and decorate the nursery with your touch.
Nursery Changing Table
Babies generate an incredible amount of laundry and you will need one or two laundry bins. Having two bins enables you to segregate the clothes that needs an urgent wash from the ones that does not. Changing nappies and baby clothes can be a back-breaking task if you are constantly leaning over them, and it will be a lot easier if you have a nursery changing table with everything you need close at hand. Baby clothes can be kept handy in drawers or baskets below, with cotton wool, wipes and nappies all being within easy reach on the tabletop.
While you decorate the nursery don’t forget to think about your comfort. As a new mother you also need to be comfortable. In the early months, you will want a comfortable chair to sit in while you’re feeding the baby. A nursing chair is the best option to make a comfortable place for you and your little one. One of the best nursery decoration ideas is to include appropriate nursery furniture. Have a small table with a lamp to read by as well, because you may want to consult any baby books you have or just need somewhere safe to put a drink down. Once your baby begins to crawl and climb, everything that could topple over should be removed from the room to prevent accidents.
Before you go ahead and try out the amazing nursery decorating ideas for your baby, don’t forget that your baby will grow into a teenager, so have a look at tips for designing children’s bedrooms.
Lighting In Nursery
When it comes to lighting in the nursery, central lights are the best and safest option. Look out for a fabulous lampshade that will give your baby something to gaze at. Safe nursery night lights made especially for a child’s room can also be great fun, especially the ones that turn around and project images on the walls – babies love them. So, one of the best nursery decoration ideas is to illuminate your baby’s room and bring in a magical touch.
Nursery Sleeping Cot
The decision on whether to buy a nursery sleeping cot or a crib is a personal one. A nursery sleeping cot is more practical because it will last for about three years, though tiny babies do look lost in them. However, a crib is sweet and it is almost impossible to wear one out. Full-sized cots are adjustable to three different heights. If you decide to use one from the start, have it at the highest level to avoid too much bending; and move it down as soon as your baby starts pulling up on the bars.
Important Points To Remember While You Decorate Nursery
- Flimsy curtains may look nice in a nursery, but they will make it impossible to encourage a baby to sleep in the daylight
- Pinks and blues are the colours of most baby products, presents and accessories, so it makes sense to use these colours to highlight walls
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