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How To Decorate Your Nursery: The Basics

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Preparing and decorating your baby’s nursery is a special event that is often very exciting. The nursery is not only the baby’s first home but also a place where memories of your little one’s first years will start taking shape. You will find yourself spending a lot of time in the nursery from rocking, comforting, and playing with your baby, so it’s important to create a space that is beautiful, practical, and safe. When it is time to make the nursery happen, try not to become overwhelmed, focus on the fun of the process, and draw from your own individual style. Here are some tips to help you decoarte the nursery of your dreams.

Set a budget

Creating a nursery can be expensive and one of the first things to consider is your budget. Decide how much you can realistically spend and then stick to it. Make a list of all the items you want in the nursery and then compare them against the budget you have set.

Find the right furniture

The crib is the centerpiece of the nursery, so choose one that fits the style you’re going for and is the right size. Rule of thumb: it should never be higher than two feet above the floor. For the mattress, choose a firm mattress that’s designed for babies and meets safety standards. Other pieces of furniture, such as a changing table, rocking chair, and dressers, should all be at the proper height for comfort and security. If you’re on a tight budget, try to look for good quality second-hand furniture. Also, arrange the furniture in a logical and practical way.

Choose a palette

With so many colors to choose from, picking a paint color can be so hard! Start by picking a predominant color and then accent it with other colors. If you already know the gender of your baby, you may want to choose colors that are gender-specific, but more and more parents are veering away from having too-gendered nurseries. Gender neutral, earthy toned colors are very popular at the moment. If you have a nursery theme in mind, try picking a color that suits that theme. Most importantly, pick a color that you love, don’t think too much about what is on trend. If your into color psychology, read this article to get some tips on what effects different colors can have on your baby’s mood. Extra tip: If you plan on sharing the room with a toddler, you may want to go with a color palette that can easily transition from nursery to toddler-room.

Get creative with decorations

Now that you have your color palette and furniture, it is time to add your special touches! Think about a mobile for above the crib, blankets, cushions or other pretty decor items. If you are crafty, you could consider sewing a quilt or knitting a blanket for the crib. Also, don’t forget to hang some pretty wall art. Why not create a poster with your baby’s first ultrasound?

Lighting matters

Lighting is essential, not only from a functional perspective but also from a design perspective. A cozy nursery deserves a variety of light sources. If you’re using a ceiling light, make sure it has a dimmer switch. Add side lamps and night lights, and if you’re going for a romantic touch, consider adding string lights.

Storage options

Any nursery needs ample storage options, whether they are baskets, drawers, shelves or all of the above. As you’re preparing the room, think about items you will need to store, like diapers, wipes, clothing, and toys. Include a place to store any clutter and extra items that don’t have a specific place.

Decorating your nursery can be time-consuming and expensive, but it will be worth it when you see the beautiful space you have created for your baby’s first home. Take your time designing a practical yet stylish room for your little one and make it special for both of you. Have fun with your nursery and don’t be overly concerned with the trends that are in the media. Make it a space you will fall in love with.

Sascha Bruinsma

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