How can you create the perfect nursery design? Is it worth the money to hire an interior designer? Do you need to update your furniture? What items should every nursery have? The answer depends on your unique tastes and what you hope to achieve with your baby’s room, but some items will likely be on any list of must-have items when it comes to designing the perfect nursery. Here are five things you’ll want to include in your home design or renovation plans when creating your baby’s room.
Perhaps one of the most important design elements in your nursery is wall art. You want to make sure that you choose a piece of art that will help establish and define your child’s personality from day one. To set your kid up for success, pick a piece that reflects both their interests (animals, sports) and their temperament (happy, playful). Keep in mind that you may have to repaint or change out posters as they grow older; focus on finding pieces that are easy to swap out. Because wall art often makes up such a large part of your overall nursery design, it’s worth spending a little extra on high-quality pieces if possible.
A crib is a must-have for every baby but if it is the focal point of the nursery, you’ll want to pick colors that compliment the color and texture of the crib. Will you do a dark wood crib? An acrylic crib? Be sure to choose a crib skirt and a crib sheet that ties it all together. For example, if your crib is more modern, a sleek set of white crib sheets and a matching skirt are perfect. If your nursery theme is more of a cottage feel, you’ll want to choose a ruffle bed skirt in a color that compliments hints of the other nursery colors.
A nightlight that provides just enough illumination will let you check on your little one without disturbing sleep, and it can also help calm him or her down if he or she wakes in the middle of the night. Choose a lamp with an adjustable neck so you can direct its light exactly where you need it. Be sure to choose lights with LEDs, which use less energy and don’t get hot enough to burn fingers. Illuminate with dimmers: Dimmers allow you to control light intensity from across a room which is nice for those midnight feedings, or when signaling to your little one that it’s time to go to sleep.
Rugs and Carpets
It’s a good idea to put rugs and carpets in your baby’s room. They can be used to separate sections of their rooms or just to add some extra softness to their floors. Rugs are also easier to clean than other flooring options, so they might be an especially useful item if you have a younger child that is still at an age where they like putting things in their mouth. And if your child does happen to get something on them, rugs will often require less work when it comes time to clean them than other kinds of carpeting might need. We suggest rugs that are woven from polypropylene or polyester (not cotton), as these materials can hold up against more wear and tear without showing signs of damage too quickly.
When creating a nursery design, it’s a good idea to think about what decorations you want in it. This will give you an idea of how many items you need and also how much room they’ll take up. Decorations can be anything from paint color to window treatments but are generally easy to incorporate into your nursery design. Consider things like drapes or curtains, wall art, and storage items such as shelves, cubbies, baskets, and other decoration pieces that serve as organizers.
Start with a well-thought-out nursery design, and you’ll be one step closer to creating an environment that your baby will love. If you need some ideas, nursery décor from Crane Baby is a great place to start.
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