Last year, while writing an article for Parenting.com, about tips for designing a nursery, I had the great fortune to interview, Genevieve Gorder, interior designer, TV personality and super badass mom among many other things. During the interview, she made so many valid points about why to avoid pink or blue rooms, how to incorporate pieces that stimulate and soothe baby and why it shouldn't cost a fortune to design your dream nursery. Below are five tips to help you design and create a perfect nursery for your precious baby.
Consider Your Infant's Needs First
No matter what, keep the nursery airy, light and free of clutter. Stick to as many natural products and design elements as possible. Your baby won't even be able to see across the room for a couple of months, so think about health and cleanliness first. Fresh air, light and safe spaces should be your first concern. Also, babies grow quickly, so consider easy to change design elements. The last thing you want to do is paint and redesign your child's room every couple of months.
Avoid matchy-matchy themes
Sticking to one color palate is not stimulating, it's boring. The nursery is your first opportunity to share the world, it's colors, shapes, textures and sounds, so make the most of it. Sticking to gender-specific colors and toys creates a one-dimensional room. Babies need textures, colors and shapes to interact with, not just pink ruffles and blue bears. Start with a neutral wall color that allows for easy incorporation of different colors, shapes and textures, bold design elements. The neutral wall also makes it easy to change the room's design throughout the first few years of your child's life.
Include as many sentimental pieces as possible
Before you buy one piece of furniture, look to family and friends FIRST! And while you're there, look for folk art, antiques and other design elements to add a personal touch. Use grandma's old dresser for a change table, spruce up the old rocking chair on your parent's porch, beg borrow or just steal that mirror you've always admired at your mother-in-laws house. Have an artist in the family, ask for a piece to add to the room. Who knows, many years from now, your child may use that same piece in her nursery.
Look to Nature
One of my favorite tips from Genevieve Gorder during our interview was to use nature for design elements. She recommends walking around the yard or a nearby park to collect strong tree branches then wrap them in bold yarn colors in varying textures to create a sturdy shelf. One of Genevieve's favorite design element in her daughter's nursery was a large dried root from a tree that cost under $50. She hung it on the wall using a large hook and fishing line then hung photos and other child-friendly elements. Now, seven years old her daughter still cherishes her, "Tree of Life." (Shown below now hanging at the top of the stairwell.)
There's Only One Thing You Should Splurge On
Linens. Your infant will be spending a great deal of time sleeping on those crib sheets, make sure they are gentle, natural and hypoallergenic. Consider all linen options before buying off the rack at a big box store. All you need is two sets, and they'll be worth every penny.
What's your best Nursery tip?
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