Decorating your child’s nursery is an important process. Not only will it be the first room that your new baby sees and interacts with – it’s also a great way for expectant parents to prepare for life after a birth. It can be tricky, however, to know exactly how to go about decorating a nursery. Should you go for bold colors and vivid prints, or stick to cool, calming shades like mint greens, pastel yellows and pale pinks? What kinds of colors do newborn babies find the most comforting? Is it a good idea to fill a nursery with light, or do babies need darkness to aid their development?
To answer all of these questions and more – here are some tips and tricks that you can use to decorate your baby’s new nursery.
Keep It Cool
Though it is tempting to go for bright colors like red, orange and purple – try to stick to cooler, calmer tones. Scientists now know that newborn infants see in only grey, black and white for the first few months of their life. The first color that they do develop the ability to be able to see is red. For this reason, bright shades of red can be quite confusing for very small babies. When choosing a color scheme for your nursery, don’t be afraid to utilize interesting hues but do try to keep them fairly muted, says HGTV.com journalist Dan Vickery.
Every Picture Tells A Story
If you want to create a unique and stylish look for your nursery, without breaking the bank – why not cut the illustrations out of old children’s books and frame them? This is a technique that is extremely easy to carry out but looks absolutely superb. It’s up to you whether or not you tell the truth when your friends ask you where you got your amazing wall art from.
Dim It Up
A dimmer switch can be a great way to stimulate or soothe your newborn. It’ll also save on electricity. According to BuildingSheriff.com, dimmer switches can be installed by a professional for around £40. They’re inexpensive, they’re useful and they save you money. What more could you ask for? Plus, there’s no better place to tell a bedtime story than in a soothing, dimly lit room.
Add a Feature Wall
If you are determined to play with bright colors when it comes to decorating your nursery – try to stick to just one feature wall. That way, your baby will have something to stimulate his or her eyes but won’t be confused or upset by a barrage of colors or patterns. Pick out one wall in your nursery and decorate it with bright, interesting printed wall paper or stencils.
When it comes to choosing furniture for your baby’s room, you’re going to want to pick items that are attractive but practical. It can be tempting to go overboard on cute accessories and quaint pieces of furniture, but if they’re not going to serve a purpose – they can end up being a waste of money. New parents should buy items of furniture that can double up as other useful tools. For example, a large chest of drawers with a wide, flat top could be also be used as a changing surface. How about putting a small sofa or armchair in your nursery? It could be used for nursing, resting, napping, or even as a place for older children to sit and contribute as you feed, change or play with the new baby, say the experts at House To Home magazine.
Get With The Season
There’s no reason why little ones can’t get involved with festivities too – especially at Christmas time. Gentle, twinkling Christmas lights can be a great way to stimulate and interest your baby. Do be careful not to overwhelm your child with overly bright or flashing lights, as they may become upset. Invest in a few packs of top quality Christmas lights and hang them across the four corners of the room. Your baby will be fascinated by the addition of something as pretty and unfamiliar as Christmas lights.
Emily Steves is an interior designer with big aspirations. She recommends BLT Direct for a great range of top quality Christmas lights and other products. Steves can be found blogging about the different aspects of interior design.