Create A Beautiful Nursery Without Breaking The Bank
It doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to create a beautiful and functioning nursery for your baby – all it takes is some careful planning, a bit of research, and a little bit of creativity. If you’re feeling the pressure and you’re not sure where to start, have a look at these handy hints.
Don’t overthink the color scheme
Whether you know the sex of your baby or not, the colour scheme you choose for your room can seem like a big deal. It’s important that you choose a color you’re happy with, not one you expect your newborn to like. Neutral shades with bright, colourful accents can make a great unisex nursery. If you’d prefer something with more color, soft shades such as pale yellow or avocado are warming and genderless.
Once your color scheme is chosen, you can go all out on decorating the walls and ceiling with cute animal stencils, bunting, or free-drawn patterns. Let your imagination go wild, but try not to overdo colors and patterns, go for the less-is-more approach. The benefit of doing it all in paint is that you can redo it if you decide you don’t like it.
Lighting is key
You’ll want to make sure you’ve got blackout blinds and a dimmer switch, as much for your benefit as your baby’s. When you get up for a late night feed, you’re not going to want to sit under a glaring main light, so it’s a good idea to make sure you can vary the light level. And blackout blinds are a godsend for naptime, believe me.
Choose furniture carefully
Especially for first-time parents, it can be easy to feel pushed into buying one of absolutely everything that a shop sells, but if you’ve got a fairly small nursery you’re soon going to regret that. A convertible crib is a great start and a potential saving, since you basically get two beds for the price of one. A large chest of drawers is also an absolute must, but you might choose to forgo the changing table in favor of a mat. It may seem more comfortable to change a baby at your height, but as soon as baby learns to roll, you’ve got yourself a potential problem. It’s important to make sure you do your research before you buy any furniture so you can get the best deal within your budget. A website such as Tummy2Mummy is great for first-hand experience and reviews of everything your nursery could need.
Make it comfy
You’re going to have to spend a fair amount of time in that room, especially during feeds, you need to be comfortable and entertained. Make sure you’ve got a soft chair, a side table on which to put a snack and a laptop or tablet (for late night Netflix/feeding binges), lots of blankets, and a lamp.
As long as you’re careful with the big purchases, and make sure you do your research, the decor can be altered and completely redone until you’re happy with it, so don’t stress!