When a baby arrives, it brings excitement but also a lot of insecurities, especially for new parents. You never feel completely ready for a child, but you can be as prepared as possible.
Decorating the baby’s room brings both nervous anticipation and excitement — here are some things to consider as you start the nursery decorating process.
Nursery decoration: The tips to follow in the first few months
The first months of life not only help them sleep and develop, but between dreams, they learn a lot about the world around them. When one nap is over and before the next one begins, they capture everything they see, touch and hear. When decorating, you should be aware of styles, patterns and colors that you want to choose but be careful when implementing this; as there is something known as over stimulation and this can lead babies to feeling a little unsettled.
These are some first and basic tips to adhere to when beginning the first decorating process:
- Less is more: It is better not to load the room too much because, soon you will accumulate a plethora of toys and sundries. In terms of patterns, this is the same. Pick a couple that you love or a theme that stands out and stand by it.
- Don’t use overly garish colors: Babies can love very bright colors – and they can be incorporated into some details – but we must take into account how they affect the mood of our little tots. As mentioned, it can lead to overstimulation. If the room is small, avoid using dark colors and colored curtains because they will eat up the light, it is preferable to use white where possible.
- Add warmth: Use rugs and blankets to warm the space up if your floor isn’t carpeted. Babies love warmth and cosiness, it reminds them of the womb, so be sure to look into these aspects.
- Carefully consider a changing table: Although the changing table is a great invention, we have to bear in mind that we are going to use it for a fairly short period of time, so try and use another piece of furniture as a stand-in changing table that can be adapted further down the line. It is preferable to buy a removable one and use it on top of a dresser that has a longer useful life.
- Research cribs: Choosing the right crib is so important as your baby spends a lot of time snoozing away. If you are health-conscious, you may want to look at a non toxic crib mattress which will not have any type of toxic chemicals laced within it. This could be a good first step to also becoming eco-friendly around the home.
Color codes. Let’s decode so you can choose the best shade!
Colors affect our minds and they can certainly influence our children. Reds and dark colors can affect them differently to pale blues and greens, so here is a breakdown of what palettes are best and how you can use them to your advantage.
Red: This is a very energetic color, which gives a lot of vitality and stimulates action. In fact, it is not recommended in hyperactive children, or in environments that require concentration. It is not really recommended in children’s rooms unless in small quantities.
Blue: It is the color of calm, it produces peace and sleep. In pastel tone, it relaxes, so it is ideal although many people discard it as the “typical color chosen for children.”. It can be used on the ceiling to represent the sky and also be used in girls’ rooms when placed on just one wall. If it is the wall facing the crib or bed, then this could work well to cajole them into rest.
Yellow: This color is used in children with low concentration. In a soft tone it can go well, but very bright it favors the crying and irritability of our little ones. It is a color that promotes intellectual activity, it is used in environments where you work with children who have learning difficulties or mental fatigue. Plus, it inspires energy and optimism. It can also be a blessing if you suffer with a lack of light in the room.
Violet: It is the color of meditation, inspiration and intuition. Stimulates the upper brain and nervous system, creativity, inspiration, aesthetics, artistic ability, and lofty ideals. More of the same, if it is a soft violet better considering that it is where they go to sleep and they do not need too much stimulation. It may be suitable for a teenager’s room but, it should be avoided in younger children’s bedrooms and play spaces.
White: This color is the perfect base color and is gender neutral. It purifies, stimulates and unifies. In combination, it encourages all colors. It is the light that diffuses. It expresses innocence, peace, childhood, divinity, stability, calm, and harmony. It’s the sum of all colors. It reflects everything and hides nothing. It radiates purity and cleanliness. White stimulates intellectual activity, and favors the imagination. For Feng Shui, it is a color that can evoke coldness. Therefore, it is not appropriate for the very small child’s room, but if we combine it with other colors it can be perfect or if we opt for an off-white. Again, avoid black, as it can conjure a sense of uneasiness in smaller children (even if it is your favorite color!).
How to light the room
Natural light is a blessing in any room, and if you are lucky enough to have a nice window, take advantage of it. Of course: during the first months, the baby sleeps much of the time, and although some recommend that he only sleep in the dark at night to organize his sleep, the ideal is to generate ways to darken the room at any time of the day. That means thinking of a heavy enough blackout curtain for the room; something that will also allow to regulate the temperature. Keeping the baby’s room uncluttered, cozy, and with that gentle lighting will ensure they always feel calm and at ease.Category: Babies