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Whether you are first-time parents looking for a home with a dedicated baby nursery or transforming an extra room into one for the new addition in your family, there is always the consideration for budget, safety and space.
It can be pretty overwhelming, but do not fret as there are gender-neutral nursery designs you can do on your own. Keep in mind that a baby nursery can add value to your home when you decide to sell it someday, especially if you target young couples, so be smart when doing it up.
• Pastel colours – These colours never go out of style. Just do not get stuck with baby pink or baby blue combined with white. Better mix green, blue and white, or white pink and lavender, or pink, yellow and light purple. Combining three different colours will keep the nursery from looking too babyish. The most inexpensive and quickest way to do it is to get pails of paint and brush and just colour the whole room. The end result is stylish, but the fun memories while doing it are what makes it more worth it.
• Lighting and storage – Never install lights that are so bright it prevents the baby from sleeping well. Use dim lights to light all four corners of the nursery. A combination of table and floor lamps will make the room for your little one a much cosier and more inviting area. Think about comfort. Buy touch lamps or lamps with dimmer capabilities to illuminate the room with a soft glow.
• Chairs – Instead of putting a rocking chair, why not choose to place a small sofa inside the nursery room. Ideally, a seat where two can share is most conducive so you can read to the baby, or nurse him or her when necessary.
• Fabrics – Use durable fabrics in bright colours and attractive patterns, and are easy to clean.
• Flooring – Do not just throw a cotton rug. Better install wall-to-wall carpeting. This muffles any sound to promote better sleep. This will also be more comfortable for the tot to crawl on once he or she starts exploring his or her surroundings.
• Make decorations functional like funky hooks on walls to hang clothes
• Choose a neutral base paint and then add coordinating accent colours
• Install wall-to-wall carpeting to muffle sounds and promote better sleep
Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer