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I could hear the excitement in her voice as soon as I answered the phone.
"Mum... I just wanted to tell you.. well, you'll never guess..."
I smiled. "Well, I might be able to guess, actually."
"No, no.. I'm too excited. I'll tell you. We're having another baby!"
I laughed, happy for her and at the anticipation of another sweet, little bundle of joy.
The thought of a new baby is always an exciting prospect and we talked and laughed and discussed it for some time: what date it was due, how she was feeling, how and when to tell others, and the name options, of course.
"So, Mum.. I've been thinking.... I'd like to fix up the baby's room a bit..what do you think?"
What fun! But... what about you? Have you been thinking that you'd like
to fix up your baby's nursery?
Well, let's get started!
New baby, new decor
If, like my daughter, you have a new baby on the way I'm sure that your first thought involves doing up the nursery. How exciting! And I'm sure you're wondering how to make your nursery special. How can you add those individual touches to a room? What special decor accents can you include that will make it come alive?
So, here are some suggestions. They are simple nursery decor ideas that can turn a simple room into a childhood wonderland, like something from the pages of a storybook.... and delightful!
1. A soft, colourful floor rug
It's surprising just what a difference this makes. If you've stuck with neutral colours for your room and furniture, this can be a way of adding a bit of colour, texture or pattern to your room.
Don't forget to think about the material the rug is made from. A soft shag rug sounds like a great idea but also consider how difficult this type of mat might be for a baby learning to sit or crawl.
Natural fibres are great, too. Cotton rugs can be easily picked up and tossed in the washing machine when the need arises but they can also get a bit out of shape and the corners can curl.
Jute is another choice. It's not a very soft type of rug but hard-wearing and easy-clean. Wool is a great alternative, too. It takes a lot of punishment and it's thick and soft. If choosing a wool rug, check that it has no chemical treatment, which can affect the absorbency of the rug. A natural wool rug doesn't absorb liquids quickly which means you can usually blot up any spilt liquid before if causes any damage.
2. Wall stickers
A simple way to add character and whimsical appeal is using wall stickers. Nursery wall stickers, particularly, are a great options for those in rental properties as they are easy to apply or remove and they are reusable.
You can find a wide selection of beautifully designed kids' wall stickers- quirky animals, clouds, polka dots, rockets, balloons, stars and more. A wide range of colours means that you can choose your wall stickers to suit your own colour palette.
3. Wall prints and posters
Engaging, watercolour nursery prints of cute animals are a lovely way to add a decorator touch to your nursery walls. These lovely, big-eyed creatures are sure to become firm friends with your little one.
Remember, the rule of thumb with design: using an odd number of kids' prints or posters (1,3, etc) will make your room look balanced... plus you'll have a friendly collection of woodland creatures decorating your walls.
4. Wall hooks
When it comes to kid's rooms and nurseries, it's great if beautiful, decorative items can be practical, as well. Kid's wall hooks are very useful and an easy way to encourage children to learn to pick up their toys or belongings.
These handcrafted oak veneer feathers, butterflies, cars and more are more than attractive decor accents- they're easy to attach wall hooks.
5. Soft lighting or a night-light
I've been noticing particularly, lately, how effective well-designed light features can be in creating soft atmosphere or character to a room or home. It's certainly no different in your baby's nursery. It's something important that you should consider as you choose your nursery decor.
But lighting is more than just a subtle decor detail. Lighting is particularly important in a practical way, as well. Remember, you'll often want to slip quietly into the nursery in the course of an evening to check on baby. A night-light might be all you want for this, or perhaps a string of fairy lights.
You might like to consider more of a feature lamp for the room. Whatever you choose, remember it's both practical and decorative.
But what if you're just starting to plan your nursery?
"Sure.." you might be thinking, "But I still haven't got the basics in place. These amazing nursery decor ideas are great, but I haven't even started! In fact, I don't know where to start!"
That's fine. Let's just run through a few basics to get you going.
One of your first considerations if you're just starting to plan a baby nursery will probably be the colour palette for the room. Yes, that can be an exciting decision, or maybe a daunting one. Don't worry... you can always try out the online Baby Room Decorator Tool. This allows you to place furniture in a room at the click of a button and try out different colour schemes.
Keep in mind... there are no hard and fast rules with acceptable colours for a nursery or kid's bedroom. It's up to your individual taste. But using neutral colours can also look great depending on your choice of nursery decor and accents.
Of course, if you're renting, you won't have the option of repainting walls in a new colour scheme. But that's fine, too. There are many other ways of creating a magical environment for baby's room.
Another thing to determine for your baby nursery will be your large furniture items.
You're also going to be thinking about a baby's crib, change table, storage options and a comfy nursery chair. There are Australian safety standards governing these items and the independent consumer group, Choice, has helpful information and advice on their site, too.
For example, if you're buying or using older furniture or cots, you need to be aware that bars or panels of cots must be spaced between 50mm and 95mm apart. It would be a good idea to read all the guides and advice before you buy anything.
You'll need to think about the change table, too. If space is an issue, it might be helpful to consider a changing pad on top of a dresser. That would provide you with your storage, too, and you certainly need some storage!
Don't forget a comfy nursery chair. You're going to be spending a lot of time seated for feeding and you'll need comfort and support while you nurse baby.
It's helpful to keep in mind that your room will look great if these large furniture items have a cohesive look or colour. Even if you obtain them second hand, you could paint them all the same colour... perhaps a bright white, for example, is hard to beat.
See? Creating a baby nursery needn't be a worrying task. In fact, it's a lot of fun. Take your time to check out all the options and plan what you will require to help quickly settle your new baby in a calm and comfortable environment.
But more than that, I hope, too, that these simple nursery decor ideas will help you turn the nursery into a childhood wonderland, filled with quirky characters and imaginative concepts.... and delightful experiences!
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