Designing your dream nursery can be an exciting task. Here are a few things to consider before you dive in.
Furniture will be your biggest investment, so choose with care. Choose something timeless that will work with any colour scheme. It’s likely, at some point, your child will want to choose the colour of their bedroom, especially as they get older. Whites, creams and greys are a popular choice as they’ll go with pretty much any pinks, yellow or blues in the rest of the room.
Hard or soft flooring
Flooring is down to personal preference, with hard and soft flooring having their pros and cons. A soft, carpeted floor will be nicer for a child to crawl around on. They’re also better at reducing noise, so less stomping about! Wooden floors are much easier to wipe clean. If you can’t decide, perhaps wooden flooring with lots of rugs is the best option.
Making it future-proof
While your newborn won’t be making any interior decisions, your child as they get older may want to have a say. Try to steer their choices of expensive items, such as cushions, bed linen and lampshades, towards neutral colours. Then, allow them to have creative control over the accessories.
Don’t forget storage
Invest in some pretty storage. Neutral colours work best to fit in with any future colour scheme. Put toys away in baskets: you won’t trip over them in the middle of the night and it will encourage your child to become tidier. Baskets are often better than drawers because they don’t trap little fingers as easily.
Windows and blinds
A blackout blind is an essential – think daytime naps and summer nights. Often, they aren’t the most stylish so it can be nice to match them up with curtains. Fortunately, Great Little Trading Company offer a great selection of blackout curtains.
The right lighting can change the feel of a room. On a practical level, having a dimmer switch will come in handy when you’re getting up for night feeds. Invest in a low wattage lamp next to your feeding chair; low level lighting can be soothing for you and your baby.
Carefully plan furniture placement
If your nursery feels cramped, there is too much furniture in there. If more space isn’t an option, look at pieces of furniture you need to prioritise. Tape off areas that would be taken up by furniture, before making any purchases, in order to help visualise the room.
Playtime is part of the fun
Rooms are meant to be enjoyed too, and it will get messy. Things will find themselves in different places and paints may get used in the wrong place, but don’t panic – you’ve got happy children who love to play there. Things can be tidied and painted over, so don’t stress it.