Designing a new nursery or baby bedroom for your child can be one of the most fun and exciting experiences for parents-to-be. However, it can also be a pretty daunting task too. Figuring out how to intelligently design something that’s going to be both comfortable and practical for your little bundle of joy isn’t always a straightforward process.
Although you don’t necessarily need a professional designer to take over the interior décor part of preparing for your new child, it’s a good idea to have some basic rules in mind to follow as you head into this stage of your journey. Here are our top tips to help you out.
1. Get the Style and Palette Right
Although you don’t necessarily need to stick to just one concept for your baby’s bedroom if you don’t want to, it’s easier to stay focused if you have just one idea in mind. For instance, you might go for a Disney theme or a teddy bear theme. Try and pick something that’s going to be good for either a boy or a girl – just in case. Neutral palettes will also come in handy if your child grows up a bit and decides that they don’t like a certain shade.
One way to make sure that you get the style and palette exactly right is to choose your textiles before you pick the paint. It’s much harder to find a bedding set that matches the paint on your walls than to approach things the other way around. Most stores can actually make you paint to match a certain colour these days.
2. Have a Central Point and Remember the Ceiling
Most nurseries are built with the baby’s bed at the heart of everything but that doesn’t have to be the case for you. There might be an oversized toy or dresser that forms the focal point of your baby’s bedroom – or a beautiful large window that opens the room to plenty of light.
Remember, when you’re designing a focal point for the bedroom, keep in mind what your child’s focus point is going to be – the ceiling. Your baby will be spending a lot of time on their back, so painting the ceiling, or adding decorations could be a great way to keep them happy and entertained as they’re falling asleep.
3. Get the “Stations” Right
Once you’ve got the central point of the room focused, remember that there’s more to a baby’s bedroom than just sleeping. You’re going to do some nursing and sanitation in there too, so it’s best to keep that in mind. Nursing can be an extremely uncomfortable experience if there’s nowhere for you to relax. Think about investing in a rocking chair, or something elsewhere you and your baby can both be comfortable.
The most important factor for your sanitation station is making sure that you have all the supplies you need within arm’s reach. A waterproof changing station with nappies and wipes to keep things clean is a good idea. You should also have a nappy disposal system in place, so you don’t need to constantly run up and downstairs when you’re dealing with a child. You could even put a nappy bin into your storage system, alongside other items that you might need.
4. Have a System for Clothes
Keeping up with your baby’s wardrobe is likely to be quite the challenge as your little one grows up. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to start with a good strategy for organising clothing from day one. A good option could be to start arranging clothing by type and size. Fill the nursery closet and any dresser drawers with all the things that you can use now and label the rest for when you’ll be able to use them.
If you want to donate the clothes that your child doesn’t really use – and there are likely to be some of these lingering around – it helps to get a box where you can store all of these items. Have a handy compartment where you can throw unsuitable clothing, then wash and donate them when you’re ready.
5. Give the Space Room to Grow
Remember, when you’re choosing furniture for your child’s room, it’s important to consider long-term needs. Your baby’s small crib might look fine now, but you need to also save enough room aside for when your child migrates into a much bigger toddler-sized bed. You’ll also need a changing table in the bedroom too, so keep that in mind when you’re decorating with piles of toys.
It’s also worth having a system in place for baby proofing your nursery as quickly as possible. Children can start to crawl a lot faster than you would think. The last thing you want is to be celebrating your child’s growth one day, then panicking about baby-proofing the next. Avoid the panic by getting this essential step out of the way as quickly as possible.
6. Think About Lighting
Lighting is just as important in a baby’s room as it is in any other room of the house. Heavy blinds or curtains will help your child to sleep better during the night. Additionally, these heavy curtains can also stop the bedroom from getting too warm during the day.
Stay away from any harsh lighting that would upset or distress your baby. If you have any particularly intense overhead light features to think about, then you might want to consider installing a dimmer switch. You can also opt for lamps to help you with lighting when you don’t want to use the overhead bulbs too. Remember the night light for comfort and safety for your baby also.
7. Stock the Necessities
Finally, don’t’ wait until the last minute to ensure that your baby’s room is all stocked and ready with everything you’re going to need. It’s best to get the nursery project underway as quickly as possible, so that there’s still plenty of time to air out any new furniture and test things before the baby arrives.
Purchase all the necessary nappies, wipes and lotions, and have them stocked as far in advance as you can – it’ll be great for your peace of mind.