Planning to decorate your baby’s nursery but not sure where to start? Here are 10 top tips to guide and inspire you. With Kids Emporiums unique Decor Service we can help plan out every aspect of your nursery from mood boards to the final touches. Enquire today at any Kids Emporium Store
1. Be practical
If you can, choose a quiet room close to your bedroom so you don’t have to walk far at night. Make sure that a cold room has adequate heating and a warm room has good ventilation.
If the windows let in a lot of light, it may help your baby to sleep at night if you put black-out blinds or curtain linings up to keep the room dark.
2. Be consistent
Is your home style traditional, contemporary or a bit of this and a bit of that? Make sure your nursery design reflects your style and the decor you’ve chosen for the rest of your home. That way, it won’t look out of place and you won’t tire of it.
3. Create your own mood board
Kids Emporium offers an array of pre made mood boards as well as creating one tjat suits your needs. For additional interest search online and in magazines for ideas and piece together the ones you love to create a mood board. Use it to help pick your colours, keep your ideas focused and pull your theme together.
4. Keep it simple
With all the gorgeous nursery furniture and accessories out there, it’s easy to go over the top. So think child-friendly, not childish.
Keep it simple and decide on a single focus for the room early on – it could be a piece of furniture or artwork. If you go for a neutral background and mix in age-appropriate accessories, you probably won’t need to redecorate every few years.
5. Choose soft, tranquil colours
Think about using calm, nurturing colours. When your baby gets older, she’ll have her own ideas about her bedroom, so take this special time to think about what makes you feel relaxed. With the demands of a newborn, most mums need calm more than anything.
6. Choose adaptable decor
Take into account how long the nursery decor is likely to last your baby. Wallpaper with storybook or cartoon characters may have to be changed in a few years if your child decides she’s into something else or thinks it’s babyish.
Wall stickers are a cheap, easy alternative and easily taken down when your child gets older.
7. Think safety
If you’re buying a cot ensures that the cot is deep enough, doesn’t have cut-outs or steps and that the bars are the correct distance apart.
Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber onto away from the cot too.
8. Choose key pieces first
It sounds odd, but it’s a good idea to decide on your furniture pieces before you start decorating. Parents often choose colours first, but it’s easier and cheaper to match paint, fabrics and wallpaper to your key furniture pieces.
9. Balance form and function
The hard part of designing your nursery is making sure it’s practical and easy to use. Keep in mind the size of the room, how it will be used, and for how long it will be a nursery, and design it to fit your needs.
10. Think outside the box
Just because furniture and accessories aren’t nursery-specific doesn’t mean that you can’t use them. The same can be said for wallpaper, fabric and wall stickers. Choose items and colours that you love.
Visit the paint aisles in your local DIY store for inspiration and ideas – you may find a mix of colours you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. Remember, it’s best to avoid doing any painting when you’re pregnant.