Kiki Interiors - Decor and Staging

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nursery by design

Your little bundle of joy is expected to be arriving soon and there is so much do to! There is so much selection, so many products and if this is your first baby, like me, it can be hard to know where to start. But relax, the set up of the nursery should be fun and it is a great activity to keep you and your partner busy.

If you have been to any baby or department stores - the choices are incredible! How to decide? Where to start? How much to spend? Those are some questions you should ask before you start. Here are some easy decorating tips to create your dream nursery!

1. Once you have selected the room (I would recommend one close to your master bedroom) clear it out and give it a good cleaning.

2. When choosing the colour palette or the theme opt for something with ageless appeal or something that can grow with your child. Re-decorating a room every year can get very expensive (and time consuming). Keep in mind your little one could quickly outgrow the Winnie the Pooh theme, so try and make your nursery easily adaptable for a young child's bedroom, with some minor modifications as he or she grows. Select at a colour palette that is soothing and calm, the addition of toys, stuffed animals, photos, curtains, bed linens and other baby belongings will add colour, pop and energy to the room. Neutrals colours are best, white, soft grey, light green or light yellow - they will compliment not compete. Themes such as florals, nautical, under the sea and jungle are good examples that will still be appropriate as he or she grows.

3. Before you arrange any of the furniture be aware of where the sun hits at different times of the day. Make sure you place the crib in a place away from direct sunlight. Other essential pieces in a nursery are: a change table, a dresser and a rocking chair. It's very important to choose a comfortable place for you to sit while you rock your beautiful baby to sleep.

4. Safety. The first step to organizing a nursery is to make it babyproof! Make sure there is a functioning smoke detector near or in the baby's room, cover all electrical sockets with plastic plugs, keep all electrical cords away from the crib and it is recommended to place non-skid pads under decorative area rugs. Another tip to keep in mind, wall-to-wall carpeting can accumulate allergy-aggrivating dust and pet hair so make sure to clean your carpet regularly.

Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience!!

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