When you find out that you are pregnant you start thinking about all the things you need to do before the baby arrives. Decorating the nursery is one of the fun experiences of pregnancy, because you get to choose the furniture and all the baby items. But most mothers-to-be are new to designing a nursery, so here is what to do and what not to do when it comes to your baby’s new room.
Pick a theme and a color palette
If you pick a theme and a color palette for the nursery you have a starting point, which helps you design the entire room. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to the theme you’ve picked – after all, you are free to adjust your plan on the go. When it comes to colors, don’t limit yourself to blue or pink. Look for other pastels, which can suit the child’s room and fit into your house’s overall decor.
Paint the ceiling
Babies spend a lot of time on their back in the first months of life, so you can paint the ceiling to provide your little one with something to look at. You can use decals or opt for a mural in soothing colors, which can soothe the baby and help them sleep.
Mind the flooring
The floor of the nursery must be easy to clean and disinfect, but it also needs to be safe for the little one to crawl on and play on. Hardwood floors, bamboo floors or laminate floors are the best picks for your nursery. Add a couple of vintage area rugs to provide the baby with a cozy area. The rug can be very textured and bright colored, to stimulate the child.
Create a focus point
Every room needs a focus point and the nursery makes no exception to the rule. You can choose the crib as the main point of the room, but this is not the only element which can be the focus. The window or a large rocking chair can also be the nursery’s focal point.
Install the right lights
The lights for the nursery should provide a lot of light, but they have to be placed far enough from the crib so they don’t affect the baby when they are on. The best pick is a dimmer, which can be adjusted according to your needs. You also need to install a nightlight, which is going to comfort the baby. It can also be used during nursing time or bed-time reading.
Don’t forget to allow room for growth
You can be tempted to pick the small crib, but what will happen when the baby will grow? Buying new furniture in the baby’s first months of life is not going to be fun, so you need to plan the nursery layout and pick the furniture with growth in mind. The crib, dresser and the changing table need to be large enough for a toddler, so you will get the most value for your money.