A little one is on the way, and you couldn’t be happier. It is a time of joy, excitement and wonder as the weeks pass by until delivery day. This time can bring along anxiety and worry, as well, as you think of the financial aspect of having a little person to care for, feed and house. You may be overwhelmed with the thought of remodeling your spare room and setting up a nursery for your soon-to-be arrival, wondering if you are making the right decorating choices, setting up the furniture properly, choosing the proper nursery gear and gadgets. There is no need to fear; with all the options in the way of nursery décor, furniture and decorating ideas, you will have your baby’s nursery set up and ready to welcome your little one home.
Choosing the Right Paint and Paint Colors
Painting is undoubtedly one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform a spare room into a baby’s nursery. Since the room will be meant for use by a child, it is highly recommended to go with an eggshell paint. Eggshell paints are easily wiped down in the case of accidental dirt or grime on the walls, and are one step down from glossy in terms of sheen. The glossier your paint choice, the darker it appears once painted on your wall since it reflects light. This means less fading over time, saving you money in re-painting down the road.
If toxins are a huge concern, you may want to look into low or no volatile organic compound paints, also abbreviated to VOC. VOCs are the toxins that are emitted from the paint and can be harmful if you inhale them. The main issue is that no-VOC paints are relatively new on the market and companies are still working on bringing their quality up to speed with other paints. If you ventilate your room while painting and drying, you should not have a problem with toxins in your paint.
Keeping your nursery gender neutral might be a good idea, even in cases where you have opted to find out your baby’s gender through ultrasound. After all, color can have a bigger effect on your child than you think. There have been countless studies done, especially through marketing agencies, to determine the link between color and behavior so you can use their findings to your advantage when selecting a nursery color. Warm colors will create a feeling of happiness and comfort, while making some smaller spaces seem more cozy and warm. Bold color choices in the warm family, like reds, oranges and yellows, will create energy flow and promote development and growth. While both effects are desirable at certain times for babies, it is not an all or nothing situation. You may want to consider using a bold color on an accent wall and using warm colors for the other walls. This would balance out the nursery nicely with colors from the warm family.
Furniture Placement Matters
When placing your nursery furniture in the room, you need to consider the purpose of each piece of furniture and how and when they will be used. This means putting the changing table beside the crib and the dresser next to your rocking chair doesn’t really flow. The crib and chair should be placed in close proximity to each other for those middle of the night feedings and a quick back to sleep. Having the changing table next to the dresser means you can easily reach a new outfit without crossing the room with a naked baby. Along with these considerations, you should avoid having the crib near a window for safety reasons and to prevent your baby from getting a draft while sleeping.
Complete the Look with Stimulating Decor
Babies can only see in black and white up to six months of age. This is why you will easily find so many black and white products on the market for babies. These include toys, crib bedding and blankets, wall hangings, and mobiles. Shopping online, you will be sure to find so many black and white options to choose from, which will compliment whichever nursery paint color you have chosen. Using these contrasting colors in patterns or chunks or even stripes will stimulate your little one’s vision. This means more brain growth and development for your child just by adding in a few simple décor items and toys. Hanging a black and white visually appealing picture about 12 inches above the changing table or crib will give baby something to focus on and enjoy at a perfect distance.
Bringing home a new baby evokes so many emotions in new parents. You will go through periods of elation and pure happiness and then, on the flip side, you will probably experience exhaustion and frustration as you try to make your way through the concept of parenting. Having a safe, secure and stimulating nursery set up and ready for homecoming will lessen your worries once arriving home from hospital. Your baby will have a room of their own and benefit from the colors, décor and furniture you have chosen to use for the room.