Creating the 21st Century Nursery

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As you prepare for the arrival of your little love in the next few months, you’re going to want to make sure the nursery is equipped with all of the gadgets, appliances and furnishings you and baby are going to need.

The nursery will be the first room they ever call their own, and you will want to make it a space that will transition with them from infancy to adolescence. To create a safe, happy and bright space, read on—you’re sure to find the suggestions here useful and easy to follow!

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The Nursery

If you’re like other expectant parents of the 21st century, then you have already decided against making the nursery about the baby’s gender. Whether the child is born a boy or a girl shouldn’t matter when designing the nursery. Because you do not yet know the likes or dislikes of your child (and won’t know for a couple of years!) it is best to keep the space neutral.

Now keep in mind that neutrality does not mean cold or dull. You can still make the nursery a magical wonderland for your child without resorting to traditional gendered decorating themes.

The Wall Paper

Nursery wall paper trends this season takes the wallpaper off the walls and puts it on the ceiling! While your baby is lying down for a nap, they can be visually swaddled by their mobile and the colorful wallpaper on the ceiling. By wallpapering the ceiling, you’re warming up the space and bringing character into the room. Wallpapering the ceiling also provides for more flexibility when decorating the nursery, as you won’t be limited by its design or color scheme as you would be if it were on the walls. 

The Furniture

A room can date rather quickly if its furniture isn’t up to snuff. For a welcoming and contemporary nursery, modern furniture will keep you and the baby comfortable while also not looking out of place in the rest of your home. All too often, excited parents go crazy decorating the nursery with themes and a vibrant color palette that throws of the personality of the house. And yes, all houses have a personality!

In selecting modern furniture for the nursery, such as with a dresser or changing table, you can keep the staple furniture pieces in the room for your child’s use as they grow up. Eventually the dresser will become a symbolic fixture of their childhood, and they’ll use it for their own child’s nursery, championing what will become a family heirloom.

The Lighting

You will want to create a warm and inviting environment for the baby. This makes furnishing the nursery in big, bold and bright lights out of the question. For the baby’s room, choose a soft, subtle and shaded table lamp to accompany the overhead ceiling light. This way when you go in for that 3 a.m. feeding, you aren’t blinding the child with the harsh-white light we’ve had years to get used to.

The Rug

You’re going to be spending a lot of time in the nursery for feedings, changing and eventually playing. You will want to have a rug that’ll be able to handle the room’s constant activity. The durability and likeability of the rug will be dependent on the material the rug is made of. When determining what type of rug to buy, make sure you do it in-store, you will want to personally check the rug’s fibers, density and twist yourself; ordering it online may lead to a regretful purchase. 

Most important, have fun decorating the nursery. As you get ready for the arrival of your child, make every moment count.

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