Decorating the nursery is one of the most fun activities while having a baby on the way. Besides having a great time choosing the colors, shopping for accessories and spending some quality time with your significant other, be practical so you are ready once the baby arrives and you have to deal with more pressing matters. For those of you who have a prominent creative streak this might not be a challenge at all. However, some may need a little bit of a creative push in the right direction, so here are some amazing ideas that will help you decide faster and get to work as soon as possible.
Before you get to all the adorable small details, think of practicality first since it is the thing you’ll definitely appreciate most in the first couple of months. There’s going to be a lot of diapers around, so why not organize them into a kitchen cart you can neatly repurpose to complement the overall design. This way you can arrange all the wipes, toiletries, diapers, burp cloths and the like and keep them from being scattered all over the place.
If you have an extra dresser it would be a great addition. This is a DIY project where no sanding or taping is required. All you need to do is choose the color and get your paintbrush.
Another thing you can do is maximize storage. This is always a good idea, even if you have a large home. You want to keep all the necessities near the baby and you can do that with a low-profile plastic storage tub you can conceal behind or under the crib.
The right colors
Actually, there’s really no right and wrong here, but you do need to decide what exactly you want since repainting is one of the larger projects involved. If you decide to go with a theme, make sure all the details you’ll add later match the colors you have chosen. Should you decide only on adding a fresh coat of paint the decisions are a lot easier. You’ve probably done your ultrasound by now and know the gender of your baby, so you can opt for more traditional colors, such as shades of pink for girls and hues of blue for boys. You can also go with a gender-neutral approach and pick a light color you can add fun stickers and photos too.
The wall of memories
A section of your nursery wall can be dedicated to hanging up memories of your little one. You can even start before your due date and use the cards from your baby shower for decoration. Later, as your baby grows, you can add fun photos of family moments. Of course, photographs are not the only things you can treasure here. You can add a baby cap, a bootie that no longer fits or the first onesie.
Your baby will spend a lot of time in the crib looking up, so it might be a good idea to spruce up the ceiling. You can paint the night sky and add some glow-in-the-dark stars, or the sky during the day with birds, airplanes and the sun. Also, there are lots of fun accessories you can hang from the ceiling and make things a bit more interesting for the baby once they start flickering around. Speaking of things moving, there are literally thousands of mobiles and designs you can choose for your little one to coo over.
The parents’ corner
Believe it or not, the nursery is not completely about the baby. You’ll be spending a lot of time there as well watching over the little one, so make sure you have a comfortable place to sit and a place to put down your phone or a book. A comfortable rocking chair or a sofa alongside a small coffee table may just do the trick.
As exciting as the whole process is, try not to overspend. Your baby will grow and have different needs and wants, so choosing inexpensive furniture that can be of use for several years to come is a very practical option. Think ahead, be practical but remember to have loads of fun with the details and decorations.