A new arrival always creates excitement and nesting instinct leads new Mums-to-be to start thinking about transforming the spare bedroom into the nursery (especially if it is a first baby) .Here are some things to consider before embarking on the re-decoration!
I really like to decorate nurseries with a toddler in mind, as the newborn months will pass so quickly, and will soon be outgrown (rather like those first baby clothes) . I try to stay away from newborn-specific themes and go with something that will work for 0 to 5 years old. The most important items in a nursery will be a cot that can be turned into a bed, a safe place to change baby, and a comfy chair for feeding. It should also be decorated more for yourself initially than the baby, -don’t underestimate the time you will be spending there!
Patterns and colours are important in stimulating your babys senses as he or she grows and you can introduce these with mobiles, alphabet letters, bright bedding and toys
Try and keep the style of the nursery reflecting the style of your house in general. For instance if your house has a retro feel, extend this vibe to the nursery
Toddlers rooms will inevitably experience heavy wear and tear over the years, so I would recommend using washable paint rather than wallpaper, which can get torn or written on. It is also much quicker and easier to repaint than re-paper . You can add interest with stickers, which are a cheap and cheerful way of adding colour. Keep the basics ( i.e walls and flooring ) neutral so that you can change accessories as your child grows, without needing to re-do the room completely.
There have been stories in the press recently of children having accidents with blind cords, so safety is of the utmost importance when choosing fittings and furniture for your kids rooms, especially the blinds. Blackout blinds are the ideal window treatment for a nursery so choose cordless blinds, or ones with short pulls that your toddler can’t reach. Keep costs and beds away from windows, and away from furniture that an active toddler can climb onto.
Adequate storage is really important. A toddlers room needs to function as a playroom, a quiet and tidy space for relaxation and sleeping, and later on a space in which to do homework. Toys and books need to be cleared out of the way. Big wicker baskets are a cheap solution. And declutter frequently as your baby outgrows its toys to prevent the room becoming a chaotic mess ( I speak from experience here!)
Add some quirky fun touches. An indoor swing or a small climbing wall will keep your toddler and their friends entertained for hours.
To make the most of the “play” space , you can convert a bench into a toddlers bed. A blackboard painted wall will encourage scribbling on the board and not the other walls or furniture!
Next week I will cover kids to teenage rooms .
All images taken from pinterest.
I hope these tips have given you some ideas for decorating your nursery. If you would like me to design a stylish scheme for your space, my contact details are on www.dressingroomsinteriors.co.uk.