Getting ready for the arrival of your new family member can be overwhelming. Physically and emotionally challenging for moms to be. But designing a nursery can be a fun and rewarding experience. Maybe it can also seem a little daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. As a designer I put together few dos for you to get you started.
1. Do Choose a Specific Style or Theme
Although it’s not absolutely necessary to limit yourself to a single concept, settling on a specific idea will help you to narrow your focus and create a more cohesive design.
2. Do Pick the Perfect Palette
Swimming in a sea of paint chips? Put these eight foolproof color tips to the test.
3. Do Choose Textiles Before Paint
There is nothing worse than finally finding the perfect curtains or the baby bedding of your dreams only to discover the color scheme clashes with your paint job. Given the astounding array of available paint colors and the prevalence of color-match technology, it’s definitely easier to choose your textiles first and then buy paint to match.
4. Do Identify a Focal Point
Most nurseries are centred on the crib, but there are many other options to choose from. A large window or alcove or even a signature piece, such as an over-sized toy or a painted dresser, can also draw focus.
5. Do Decorate the Ceiling
Babies spend much of their time on their backs. Why not give your little one something to contemplate? Consider painting the ceiling a soothing colour or enhancing your nursery’s theme with a mural or decals.
6. Do Consider Going Green
Designing an eco-friendly nursery is not only good for the planet—it’s good for baby too! The products we use on a daily basis are full of nasty chemicals. These chemicals—known as VOCs—dissipate slowly, compromising air quality as they evaporate. They may even make your little one sick. So we would highly suggest to look for a paint colour that doesn’t include VOC.
7. Do Create a Nursing Station
Nursing is a tricky business, and it can quickly turn into a juggling act if you are unprepared.
8. Do Create a Sanitation Station
Keep your nursery germ-free by having sanitation supplies ready to go. Set up a tray on your changing table with antibacterial gel and paper towels to prevent contamination of surfaces, and give hotspots a daily once-over with antibacterial wipes. You should also have a plan for dirty diapers and heavily soiled clothing, such as a diaper disposal system and a separate hamper.
9. Do Develop a System for Sorting and Storing Clothes
Keeping up with baby’s changing wardrobe is a never-ending challenge. Start by organizing your kiddo’s clothes by size and type. Fill your nursery closet and dresser drawers with the things you can use now, and label and put away the rest until your baby needs them.
10. Do Get Creative With Storage
Babies come with lots of stuff! If you’re going to stay on top of it all, you’re going to need a plan. Start by doubling your storage space with these must-have tools. Then try creating your own inexpensive storage solutions.
11. Do Leave Room to Grow
When choosing your nursery furniture, think long term. Baby’s small, bassinet-style crib may look darling now, but have you left enough room to exchange it for a toddler-sized bed later? No room for both a stand-alone changing table and a dresser? You’ll get more use out of the dresser in the long run. Thinking ahead will ensure you get the most out of your money and your space.