So you’ve found out that you are expecting and there are hundreds of thoughts running through your mind. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will the baby be healthy? Will it look like me? Do I have everything a baby needs? Where do you even start? Remember, this is going to be a learning process and you are not always going to have the answers for everything. This is a happy time, full of excitement. You are creating moments that you will remember for the rest of your life.
In times of change, it can often be beneficial to invest time and energy into a project. And, what better or more important of a project then decorating the nursery that your child will call home. However, decorating a room for a baby is different from most other rooms. Not only do you want to make the room as adorable as possible, but you also want to make sure it is functional and safe for small children. That is why here at CMWhatMatters we have given you the two must haves you need to keep in mind when decorating a nursery for your little bundle of joy.
A Calming Color Scheme
Thinking of a princess pink for your little girl or fire engine red for your tough little guy; you may want to think again. Did you know that there is a science behind colors and a direct connection to how certain colors make us feel? This is why picking the right color palette can make all the difference in your baby’s temperament. We advise staying with light pastels over bold or bright colors. Deep colors tend to make spaces seem small and dark which are often not comforting to a new baby. (We would like to note that these are simply general recommendations based on our research and may not apply in all cases)
Warms colors make spaces feel cozier and can often energize and stimulate the brain. If you prefer bright colors, we advise you to go with a pale yellow or orange. Yellow associates the mind with happiness and can increase motivation. In addition, orange is associated with friendly and welcoming emotions. Be careful not to overload on the yellow or orange accents in the nursery because too many bright colors can lead to a fussy baby.
Cool colors such as blues and greens tend to have calming and relaxing effects on babies, which every parent will tell you is essential. Light blue especially has been associated with lower blood pressure and decreased anxiety. Similarly, subtle green colors promote a calming environment as well.
Clean and Comfy Accents
As your child gets a little bit older and more adventurous, their confidence will build and they will begin exploring. Believe me, they will want to touch or pull anything and everything they can get their hands on. This is why it is essential to make safe, clean, and comfortable flooring a top priority. The saying goes, you have to crawl before you can walk and your baby will surely be crawling everywhere! In addition, in between strides they will be putting their fingers in their mouths constantly. Especially if you are a young parent, you are going to want to make sure you have your floors cleaned by a professional carpet and rug cleaner every 3-6 months. If you have hardwood floors be sure to mob and disinfect them at least once a week. Lastly, if you have hardwood floors consider adding a plush, high-pile carpet in the nursery. This way baby will have a safe and cozy area to play. Be sure to treat the rug just as you would any other home carpeting by vacuuming regularly and taking it to an expert rug cleaning company every three to six months.