The time has come to design the nursery for your new arrival, how exciting! From choosing the colours, layout and furniture to shopping for all the super-cute finishing touches – this is one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy and a great way to mentally prepare for becoming a parent.
We’ve compiled our top ten design tips to help you along the way:
- Create your own mood board: Use Pinterest to pull together your favourite colours, fabrics and interior design ideas or go old school by ripping out images from magazines and piecing them together. It’s fun to do and will help you to develop a theme.
- Be practical: If you can, choose a room close to your bedroom – for those night-time visits! Make sure the room has adequate heating and good ventilation. If the room lets in a lot of light, you may want to consider black-out blinds or curtains to keep the room dark and help your baby sleep better.
- Measure up: Measure the room, write down the measurements and keep them with you – they’ll be essential when you go shopping for furniture, paint, etc. And if you happen to see something nice by chance – you’ll always be prepared!
- Keep it simple: With so many gorgeous baby things out there – it’s easy to get carried away, but bear in mind that your child will only be a baby for a short time. Think child-friendly rather than childish – choose a neutral background and dress with age-appropriate accessories – this way you wont need to redecorate every couple of years.
- Furniture first: Before you pick up a paint brush, choose your furniture! It’s easier and cheaper to match paints, fabric and wallpaper to your favourite furniture rather than the other way around.
- The essentials: Make a list of the items you’ll need in the first few months of parenthood, such as: a cot or cot bed, drawers for baby’s clothes, a changing table or dresser – with storage for nappies, cotton wool etc. and a comfortable chair for feeding. Plan how these will fit in the room before purchasing extras.
- Go tranquil: It’s a good idea to choose colours that are calming and tranquil. Your baby doesn’t have an opinion (yet!) so make the most of this special time with a relaxing environment to help you with the demands of a newborn.
- Be adaptable: Wall stickers are a great alternative to wallpaper – they’re inexpensive and can be easily removed when your little one gets older. Choose furniture that adapts with your needs, dressers that are also a chest of drawers are a great idea.
- Safety: If you are buying a new cot it should conform to BS EN 716, as all new cots on sale in the UK have to meet this standard. This standard ensures that the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby, that the bars are the correct distance apart, and that the cot does not have cut-outs or steps.
- Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber onto away from the cot too.
- Lighting: If you have dimmer control on your ceiling lighting there may be no need to consider secondary lighting. Undimmed ceiling light can be a problem for middle of the night visits to your child if you need to check on them. A burst of light and hey presto your baby is suddenly wide awake and wants to get up. So a second light source that gives you enough light to see what you are doing and no more can be very useful.