Designing a nursery for a new baby is a dream come true for any mother and absolutely thrilling for someone who is having her first child through an assistive medical procedure like IVF because an impossible dream is about to come true.
You have to make many decisions on where to raise your tiny human. While some may feel rather intimidating, focus on making the whole design process fun. When you do, it will be easier to put together you little one’s happy place.
So, take a deep breath, smile, and let’s talk about all the things you need to create a perfect nursery.
Where to Start?
Begin by thinking about functionality. Once you’ve figured out what the room needs to work well, then you can work on décor.
A useful nursery will need a crib, a changing table, a nursery chair, and plenty of storage.
Since your crib should meet United States safety standards, avoid buying vintage or repurposed furniture. Find out about the latest safety standards for baby cribs and only buy one that fits this criterion. As this is the place where you’ll leave your baby alone, focus on quality, comfort, and safety.
You’ll also need baby bedding that matches the color scheme of the room. Since the crib and bedding will be the focal point of the room, the bedding is a showpiece.
A Changing Table
You will change plenty of diapers. Choose a style and size of changing table that will make it easiest. You will also need storage space close at hand to grab everything you need to change diapers.
A Rocking Chair
Although you can choose any kind of chair that makes you feel comfortable, a nursery chair is perfect for a nursery. It’s slender enough to fit a small room and comfortable enough to sit on for hours. It will allow you to rock your baby to sleep, feed, cuddle, laugh, and read aloud. Get a comfortable well-padded one whose cushions match the colors of the room.
Tiny people have lots of stuff and it all needs to go somewhere. They have all kinds of gear, a variety of clothes, plenty of books, and some well chewed toys. So, think in terms of shelves, cabinets, baskets, and tables.
Now you’ve figured out all the practical things the room needs, you can work on decorating the space. It’s time to think about paint colors and furniture design.
Use a color wheel to select matching colors.
Only use a water-based paint with VOCs and make sure your room has good ventilation. After you paint the room, it may take up to three days before the fumes dissipate and your baby can occupy the room.
It may not be a good idea to paint a mural because you could change your mind about decoration. Wall decals will give you the flexibility to change the nursery theme.
It’s a good idea to avoid fancy furniture. Instead, choose something with clean lines that looks good and is easy to clean. Classic wood finish works well and matches other furniture.
Furniture with ornate cuts and knobs could prove hazardous once your baby learns to crawl and walk. Think about a safe nursery rather than a gorgeous one.
In conclusion, start by thinking of what the room needs for you and your baby to be comfortable, then figure out how to make it warm, cozy, and beautiful. If you’re stuck on the right look and feel, check out home décor magazines and blogs to get deas on complementary colors, adequate spacing, and matching furniture.