How to decorate a nursery
Decorating a nursery in preparation for a new arrival can be an exciting and exasperating time. We help out by providing inspiration and advice on the latest dcor trends and safety tips to give a new baby a stylish and safe start to life.
If you’re reading this article in preparation for a new baby, congratulations! You are facing many hard decisions at this time of your life and decorating the nursery is just one job on a long list of jobs to do. If time is on your side, plan the nursery so its style and furniture will last a couple of years so it won’t need redecorating until it is time for the little one’s transition from the cot to a big bed.
If decorating the baby’s room has been left until last, have no fear, there are plenty of stores filled with complete nursery sets; you don’t even have to worry about repainting or wallpapering as the packs contain decorative removable wall stickers in a variety of themes and colours.
If your budget is holding you back, you are in luck, as second hand baby furniture is a booming business and you may not have to look any further than your friend’s garage or classified advertisements, such as eBay, to bag a bargain. But if choosing pre loved furniture, make sure it measures up to Australian Standards, if you don’t, you could be putting your baby’s safety at risk (read more about this in our safety section further down the page).
Colours and theme
If you already know your baby’s sex, you’re half way there as you would have already chosen pink or blue for your colour scheme correct? Or nike store uk if you don’t know the sex of your child you would pick yellow wouldn’t you? Fifty years ago, those colours may have been the most popular choice, but today it is the parents choice to pick colours that suit their taste and style.
Sue Jackson, of Little Light House , is a children’s dcor and fabric stylist who advises parents to choose fabrics to suit their budgets, the baby’s needs and existing furniture. The most popular colours for girls are still the traditional pinks and purples, teamed up with flowers or butterflies. Boys have a gamut of colours to choose from, the most popular being blue and red, in cowboy, pirate or stripe themes. And if those colours don’t appeal, choose popular pastels, or use lime green as a base colour and team it up with pink or blue once the baby is born, says Sue.
Classic crisp white linen goes perfectly with a timber cot, or for a more elegant white look, nike store uk go for a ‘waffle pattern’. If the baby’s cot is white, use bolder coloured bed linen. If you are not sure what you want, paint or decorate with wallpaper using neutral nike store uk tones and accessorise with bright colours you can always change them if you don’t like them. Many new mums also rely on the comfort of cushions for back support when feeding their new baby.
Sue says some parents choose a lamp or cushions as stand alone eclectic pieces and don’t want them to perfectly match the remaining dcor as a show of their individual style.
There are also a myriad of different accessories such as fun toys on springs that hang from the roof, musical mobiles (good for to occupy little fingers when baby is on the change table) and personalised name plates for the nursery door.
How to safety proof
According to Kidsafe NSW, each year in Australia about 6500, or 125 children every week, will seek medical attention from injuries involving nursery products; 540 of those injured are admitted to hospital, and 10 will die. Many baby and toddler injuries involve nursery furniture, so before you plan and buy, take time to research current standards and guidelines so you can make informed choices about safe product design.
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Buy a well fitting, clean, firm mattress.
Follow Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) recommendations when investing in linen and making up the cot.
Bumpers and toys inside the cot can reduce a baby’s air flow, which could be a contributing factor to SIDS.
Babies don’t require a pillow until sleeping in a big bed.
Choose window dressings with no cords, beads or attachments that could pose a choke or strangle hazard.
Place cot out of reach of windows or other items such as toys or shelving.
Only use a heater to warm baby’s room and remove it when baby goes to bed.
Supervise a baby on a change table at all times the lower to the ground it is the safer it is and it is safest for the adult to change baby at ground level.