Decorating for your expectant child’s nursery can be a very exciting time for you and your partner. There are all different styles and themes that you can choose from, these can be ranging from pretty in pink princess themes, jungle and animal inspired, warm and natural colours or something completely out of the ordinary. For example you could create an outer space theme incorporating bold colours throughout, glow in the dark stars and moons scattered around the wall and ceiling or even a wild animal bold jungle theme with borders and bright accent themed walls incorporating animal pictures and stickers. However, just because these may be a fun idea for you, this may not be the best environment for your child to be sleeping in.
Could this be too much blue and boldness for a nursery?
When you put your mind to it, a really creative nursery can be designed but the need of you and your child must come first. Firstly, really think of the colour scheme that you want for the nursery, as for the first few months you will be spending a great deal of time comforting and caring for your baby in that room, so it does need to be a relaxing and natural environment. Motherhood is a stressful time and you need to be within a calm environment to help not only your baby but also yourself. So if you are having a boy and naturally think to use the colour blue, research has shown that this colour can in fact make mothers feel a bit sad, so we suggest taking the time to select the correct shades or to even opt for bright and optimistic colours for décor. Furthermore you want to make the nursery appear warm and welcoming, a calm and relaxing environment, not a space cluttered and busy with toys and decorations.
Not exactly a relaxing environment if you see all of this in your nursery!
Research shows that bright colours help to stimulate your baby and keep them awake, whereas other colours can actually help them go back to sleep if they do awake. For example, yellow appears to be a great colour to choose as it is bright and cheery and helps to provoke a happy atmosphere, however it is also the greatest colour for reflecting light back into our eyes. This can cause irritations such as headaches and potentially cause babies to cry more. On the other hand green is a fantastic colour for creating a calm and natural environment in a room. Soft and light shades of green emphasise a great feeling of peace, mixed along with some fantastic looking earth tones which are the friendliest and the most welcoming of colours. Furthermore, the use of light soft creams can evoke a great feeling of warmth, matched with a wonderful selection of décor and accessories, a real homely feel can be created in a child’s nursery.
Secondly, once you decide on your nursery’s colour scheme, consider the layout of the room and the actual room’s location. You need to ensure that your baby is not overlooking a loud bustling street; furthermore that is not right next to the door, otherwise every time you walk in you may awaken them or disturb their sleep. Furthermore, it’s always a great idea to never under estimate how much storage space you will need. You will find that suddenly you will accumulate more clothes and toys then you ever imagined and you will need somewhere to store them! Also make sure that your room has just the right heating and ventilation so that your baby is as comfortable as possible.
So once you have decided your décor and room layout, naturally the next step is to begin the purchase of the nursery furniture. However you do need to be aware of exposing your baby to dangerous chemicals. As a mother you can become concerned yourself about the amount of paint fumes you are inhaling whilst expecting, but there are also more hidden dangers that may harm your baby. Research from the Environment Protection Agency suggest that it is best to prepare your nursery in advanced of the birth as chemicals which circulate off new furniture and bedding contains the same amount of VOC (volatile organic compounds) found in the fumes of paint. Such compounds can be found on newly laid carpets, mattresses, rugs and window dressings causing the side effects of irritated eyes, nose and throat, it may also trigger headaches, dizziness and sometimes nausea. Exposure to VOC’s may sound frightening but please do not worry as the exposure to this is very easy to prevent. Simply set up your nursery early and allow for the room and its contents to air out naturally. Another option is to also select low-odour interior paint and choose flooring rather than a carpet.
Simple and natural decor creates a calm relaxing environment
In conclusion, enjoy creating a wonderful light, calm, welcoming environment for you and your baby. Select your layout of the nursery carefully and choose the appropriate storage facilities. Don’t be afraid to incorporate bold colours into the décor as this will add a bit of character to the room, it will also allow your child’s imagination to flourish and help to create a fun environment. Finally, consider the needs of your child and the environment it is going to grow up in, once they reach an older age you should then allow them to experiment with what style they want as their personality flourish’s.