Tips For Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery

Decorating your child’s nursery is an exciting experience. Your little bundle of joy will finally be in your arms soon, and you want to make sure his or her new home is absolutely perfect. The biggest shock for a child is coming from the warmth and comfort of your stomach into the vastness of the world. Creating a home that is both safe and comfortable is your top priority when decorating your nursery.

Colors are especially important in designing a nursery. Although babies are said to see in black and white at first, bright colors will soon attract their attention and become quite important to their overall development. Having cozy, relaxing colors like peach, green, and blue in the room may help your baby to rest easier, and sleep better.

Using primary colors around the room will help stimulate your baby’s interest, but be careful about using too much. This can over stimulate your baby and cause them to have problems sleeping – something that will affect both you and the baby badly!

Diverse patterns and textures should be used in fabric and decorations around the room. The diversity will help stimulate and interest your child. Each time they touch fabrics with different textures, they’re learning something new about their world… and their own senses. The bumpers on the sides of the crib should be made of soft fabrics, but incorporating different textures should work fine.

Finally, you want to be sure that the decorations in the room can grow with your child. Although fish or Winnie the Pooh may be really cute for a nursery, your child may not like those decorations once they get past the toddler stages. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself changing the decorative touches every several years as your child becomes fascinated by one cartoon character , puppet, or TV show after another. Because of this, it helps to consider from the start how the wall color and basic decor can be used in the future to give your child a space they will enjoy.

Decorating the Kids Rooms

If you think that your home is starting to look tired and you are beginning to think about redecorating, one of the best places to start can be with the kids rooms. In order to reduce the headaches and stress of redecorating, you need to start room by room anyway and decorating the kids rooms first if its done right will lead to a general air of satisfaction amongst them and can even help you in the long run as you gather more ideas for how you want the rest of the house to look but also because the kids are feeling special and maybe even pleased enough o help you a little with the rest of the decorating chores (depending upon their age of course).

Decorating kids rooms can be a fun and enjoyable way to pass the time and it gives you the renewed opportunity to bond with your kids as well. There’s no better way to get closer to your kids than by getting down to their level and talking about things that interest them. Decorating their rooms might be the perfect way to do that. But where do you start? If you have more than one child you need to be careful whose room you’re going to be decorating first so that things don’t get fraught and create added tensions.

Decorating kids rooms can be fraught with tension if you don’t handle it properly so if you don’t have a preference over the best way to handle this, (providing you don’t have more than 2 children) it may be an idea to simply flip a coin in the air and have the kids call out what they want. If you have more than 2 kids, another way to handle it is to tackle the whole decorating process of their rooms at once instead of one by one. Having said that, if this feels like simply too much mess for you, agree with the kids which days will be spent decorating each room and what will be achieved on each of those days so that they can see you sticking to a plan and know that each of them is having the same amount of time and money spent on their room.

If you do decide to tackle all of the kids rooms in one go, be thankful that at least it’s not the whole house and just keep telling yourself that you are very brave and also that in this way you promote happier feelings amongst the children with no one feeling slighted or sulking because they are having their room done last. Depending on the age of your kids, you may well find that what tends to happen in most cases, when you’re decorating the rooms with the kids help, is that the paint gets everywhere except on its intended mark. But then again that was part of the reason you decided to start by decorating the kids rooms and perhaps even their play areas.

Hopefully you’ll at least feel happier that you have started on your decorating project and your kids will certainly be happier for having their rooms redone, and then there’s also the sheer fun you’ll have had whilst working with them. This last is of course a little tongue in cheek because decorating kids rooms generally isn’t hassle or stress free. On the contrary there’s a strong possibility that you’ll have had a boatload more stress by the time you’ve finished, but at least you’ll have had the satisfaction of getting closer to your kids and seeing their rooms clean for at least one day before they get back into their normal routine.

Holiday Decor – Festive and Neutral

By ‘go neutral’, we aren’t referring to decorating your Christmas tree in shades of tan and gray, but rather decorating for the holidays without specifically calling out one or another of the traditional holiday themes and religious following.

In today’s culturally diverse world, it is indeed a challenge to decorate a public space such as an office lobby in a way that will not offend someone who doesn’t feel that their holiday has been recognized. A similar challenge can exist in households that are multi-cultural and have parents of different religious backgrounds. Of course one could simply opt out of decorating during the holiday season. Baa Humbug!

Other ways to address the subject are to celebrate the season by celebrating nature’s beauty, or in the appropriate settings, decorating in an ultra modern fashion that breaks away from the traditional color schemes and themes.

Lights are one of the best ways to recognize the holiday season. When we see the sparkling white lights start to go up on the trees along populated shopping areas, it is a sure cue that the holidays are fast approaching. Stay with white lights versus red, green or blue to walk the neutral d├ęcor line.

If an evergreen tree is going up, decorate it with organic elements such as feathers, pomegranates, berries, apples, pears, pine cones, white birch branches, and faux animals such as birds. Colorful ribbon cascading down from the top of the tree is a good replacement for a traditional star or angel topper. Candles are also a fabulous way to decorate. Because live flames and dripping wax can be a safety hazard, we recommend candles that are lit with LED lights that are surprisingly realistic looking. To get the scents of the holidays, use live flowers wherever possible. Forget the Poinsettias and use festive options like Narcissus and Amaryllis plants. A large bowl of oranges studded with cloves is beautiful looking and great way to get a delicious scent wafting through the foyer of your home or an office reception area.

Some other non-traditional color scheme options could be silver, white and purple, or a sophisticated black, white and red scheme. Candy apple green and electric blue are sure to get attention and works well in contemporary settings. Snowmen and snowflakes are always fun, especially for environments where there are young children present. Silver and gold can also be used to evoke a feeling of elegance. Tiffany box blue with silver and white is another upscale color scheme to consider.

If you are decorating for a modern style setting, forget the fir, and go for the ‘bling’. Get a silver or pink tinfoil tree and decorate with purple, lime green, red and vibrant blues. Hang small faux trees upside down from the ceiling in groups of three or five. For a table centerpiece, fill a large black glass bowl with brightly colored ornaments of different sizes and shapes. Before guests arrive, implant a tall taper candle in the middle of the bowl (don’t forget to adhere the candle to the base of the bowl firmly!).

The key to holiday decorating in a non-denominational fashion is to forget ‘tradition’ and have fun with colors shapes and lights. There are no rules so don’t be afraid to break them.