5 Steps to Designing a Baby Nursery
Every parent wants to welcome their little bundle of joy into the home with a space that is safe, comfortable and specifically designed for the baby. In as much as you may desire the room to look appealing, the greater concern should be the room’s functionality. Moreover, design and create the room to be adaptable to a growing baby’s changing needs. Don’t know where to start from? Follow these 5 steps to designing a baby nursery in your home.
Plan for the future
Firstly, as you plan the design and layout of the room, remember that the baby’s needs will change as it continues to grow. With this in mind it is vital that you plan for the future and think beyond the current needs. Consider the various changes you will need to make to the room as your baby grows. Thinking long-term when designing the baby nursery will help you get the best value for money. Also, remember that taking into account the changing needs of your little one will help you make smart use of the space. Consider multi-functional furniture or pieces that can be modified to cater to a growing baby’s changing needs.
Designing the space
You should design the baby nursery and pick a style before you even go out to buy a single thing. Settling on a style and single theme will steer you in the appropriate direction when it comes to buying the various baby products and accessories that will be a part of the nursery. When you have settled on your design and overall style, you can then select your color palette. To achieve visual artistry, I recommend matching your paint to your key textiles, such as your curtains or bedding. As a design tip, consider how you will adorn and accessorize your focal point. This could either be the crib, dresser or other piece of furniture. Because new born babies spend a lot of time on their backs, do not forget to decorate the ceiling to their nursery.
Although it is important to design and create a space that is visually appealing, safety should be your primary focus. Buy only furniture, products and accessories manufactured to meet the highest safety standards. Your child’s safety should be your number one priority and you should not compromise on this. As your child will initially spend a considerable amount of time in their crib ensure that it is comfortable, safe and manufactured by a reputable brand. The positioning of the crib in the nursery is also vital to enhancing the baby’s comfort and safety. Place the crib out of harm’s way and ensure that any dangerous items are placed out of the baby’s reach. Also avoid decorating the room with heavy ornaments, particularly directly above the baby’s crib.
Do your bit for the planet by reducing the impact of the baby nursery on the environment. Simple and small steps will make an impact in one way or another. That being said, be careful to buy products and chemicals void of any harmful chemicals. Needless to say, this Eco-friendly choice is to your child’s benefit. You should also think green by using recycled furniture that is still in excellent condition, thereby reducing waste. It is such small efforts that go a long way in preserving our planet.
We all want the best for our children and this can lead us to go overboard when designing and creating the baby nursery. However, functionality and practicality should take center stage. Ensure you have sufficient storage in the nursery allowing for easy accessibility of items whilst keeping the room tidy. Untidy rooms can be a hazard, particularly when rushing into the baby nursery in the middle of the night. Keep in mind that new born babies require plenty of sleep, therefore it is important for the nursery to be comfortable for the baby at all hours of the day. Consider curtains that block out the sun to allow for comfortable daytime naps. At the end of the day, it is all about creating a space that is beautiful, functional and safe.