If you’re preparing to welcome a new addition to the family, you may be thinking about nursery designs and themes. Decorating your newborn’s nursery is one of the most exciting things you can do as you approach the due date. If you’re looking for some nursery inspiration and tips and ideas, here’s everything you need to create a dreamy nursery for your little one.
Nursery furniture and DIY tips
Every nursery needs furniture. You don’t have to go crazy and start buying every form of storage unit or chest available, but it’s really useful to have a wardrobe or chest of drawers to store clothes and a changing unit. You’ll also need a cot, of course, for when your baby outgrows their Moses basket and they’re ready to sleep in their own room for the first time. Before you make any purchases, have a look online for inspiration and see what style of furniture you prefer. Get some ideas about layout, and think about the size of the room. Visit some stores, check out prices, and have a look online at nearly-new items. You can often pick up pieces that are in excellent condition for a fraction of the price of buying new. Make sure you’re prepared before you embark on a mission to put flat-pack furniture together. You’ll need a screwdriver set, a hammer, some screws and nails, and a drill. Read the instructions carefully, and follow them step by step. Ask your partner or a friend to help out. Two sets of hands are usually better than one.
Choosing a theme
Most people decide on a theme when they’re decorating their nursery. Think about the sex of the baby if you know it or go for something neutral if it’s a surprise. Popular ideas include teddy bears, animals, space and stars, and travel and adventure. If you can’t decide what you want, have a look through some magazines and use the Internet. Note down elements that you like, and then you can piece them together to form a look you love.
Colours and lighting
When you decorate a child’s room, you want to create a fun space where they can play. With a nursery, it’s often better to try and make the room calming and relaxing. This is where your baby will sleep, and it should be a soothing space. Stick to neutral tones, pastel shades or a simple combination of colors, such as gray or white and black. Keep lighting subtle and avoid bright strip lights. You can fit a dimmer switch or invest in lullaby lights, which play music and project shapes onto the ceiling and walls.
Shelves and storage
When you have a new baby, you’ll soon find that stuff accumulates, and this is why storage is so important. You can hang and fold clothes and keep them in drawers and wardrobes, but you’ll also need to think about nappies, toys, and books. Invest in some storage boxes or consider buying furniture that has inbuilt storage, such as a changing table that has drawers beneath.
If you’re counting down the days until you welcome a new arrival, you may be looking forward to starting work on your baby’s new nursery. Hopefully, this guide will prove helpful, and your baby will be happy in their gorgeous new room in no time at all.
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