Designing the Perfect Nursery
Designing the Perfect Nursery – with Photos!
Finding out you are about to become first-time parents is exciting and terrifying at the same time. There is just so much to do, so much to prepare for; and so much for which you can never fully prepare yourselves at all. It is a huge life change. One that is often accompanied by uncertainty and a bit of fear.
But alongside that, there is still the excitement. There is naming the baby, finding out the gender, celebrating with friends and family, and decorating the nursery. As a pregnant woman in pure nesting mode; that last one may actually be the most exciting. There is just something really special about designing the room your baby will eventually call home.
If you’ve never decorated a nursery before, though, you may find yourself wondering where to even start – looking at this empty room as a blank canvas, but not sure what you want to do with it.
Pick a Color Scheme
First thing’s first: choose your color scheme. As with all decorating, it always winds up coming back to that. You may have a piece of furniture in mind that you already want to build the room around, or crib bedding that you bought on a whim when you first found out you were pregnant. Those can be great starting points, giving you a leg up when it comes to choosing your scheme. But whether you go gender neutral, or hot pink and teal, nothing can really happen on the decorating front until you have that color scheme in mind. So spend some time sifting through interior decorating inspiration photos and commit to selecting your preferred color scheme before doing anything else.
Use Your Photos
Well-chosen and placed photos can add a lot to the overall feel of your space. This is true of any other room in your house as well, but might hold the most meaning in a nursery, where the photos you select will likely reflect your journey to parenthood. Consider using some of your maternity shots or newborn pictures to line the walls of your nursery. You may still want to include a art for your child to stare at as well, but there will likely always be room for photos. And those pictures will take on personal meaning for your little one as he or she gets older. You have no idea just how much time you will be spending in the nursery once your bundle arrives, so you might as well keep yourself in mind in the design as well. Did you get maternity photos taken? Or have some favorite engagement photos you haven’t yet hung? Not every woman wants a picture of her pregnant belly hanging in the kitchen, but in the nursery, it can serve as a beautiful reminder of everything you went through in order to bring your baby into this world.
Optimize Space for Night Duty
In general, you want your nursery to be open and easy to navigate in the late hours of the evening when you will be up and attending to your baby. Sleep deprivation can rob you of most of your coordination and you would be surprised how easy it is to trip over a poorly placed footrest in the middle of the night. So focus on keeping the middle of the room empty, moving most of the furniture to the edges of your space. Get a pleasant night-light. Consider placing a rocker or glider near the baby’s crib, so that it is a short walk to get you both comfortable and ready for late night feeding sessions. And make sure diapers and wipes are also easily accessible too – because there will be plenty of diaper changes going on in the wee hours of the night. Remember that furniture can always be moved, but that your night hours will likely be the hardest for the first several months. Which makes decorating with those hours in mind essential to your sanity and baby’s rest.