Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A room for the smallest person in the house takes biggest preparation

TODAY more than ever before parents-to-be have a wealth of options for decorating their child’s nursery.

TODAY more than ever before parents-to-be have a wealth of options for decorating their child’s nursery. No longer is it pink for a girl and blue for a boy — the only limit is your imagination. Here are a few tips:

Create a fun space

Take a playful approach with your décor by choosing a boldly-coloured wallpaper that will grab attention. Don’t be afraid to use pattern in a smaller room — try limiting it to just one feature wall with toning colours elsewhere for a co-ordinated look.

Play safe with neutrals

Decorating ahead of baby’s arrival? Hedge your bets with a neutral background in shades of white and cream, then add more brightly coloured accessories or token touches of pink and blue to the bedroom once baby has arrived.

Keep it gender-neutral

A soft shade of yellow on walls and soft furnishings looks clean but cosy. A simple white wardrobe and rocking chair can be used as the child grows or for new additions to the family.

Add a feature wall

Create a stimulating environment for little ones with a bold feature wall. Bright animal shapes on a wallpaper creates a strong colour contrast against a white background and a bold shape for baby to focus on from inside the cot.

Play with pattern

If you’re eager to add interest to your child’s room but want to avoid a strong theme, choose a toning colour palette in subtle shades of the same colour.

Keep it classic

In a nursery, it’s often best to go for a classic scheme that won’t date too quickly. A neutral nursery with pink toile blind and curtains is pretty without looking too babyish and can be easily updated as baby gets older.

Add accents of colour

Warmth and colour can be added to a new baby’s room in accessories and soft furnishings. Vibrant limes, pinks and blues in stripes and checks add a playful touch to a nursery, teamed with pale furniture to keep the look clutter free.

Choose adaptable furniture

Rather than choosing furniture specifically designed with babies in mind, opt for well-made items that can adapt with your child. For example, a chest of drawers can be topped with a mat to make a changing table, and a two-in-one cot bed will last until your baby is ready for a grown-up bed.

Go for grown-up colours

If you find pastels lack punch, opt for a more sophisticated colour scheme with subtle shades of taupe and grey. Colourful toys and decorative buys add a playful touch and the room is easy to update as baby gets older.

Create a room you love, too!

Don’t forget that this has to be a comfortable space for you, as well as your newborn. Go for decorative touches and soft furnishings that match the rest of your home, and plan the layout so that it suits your needs.

Safety tips

1. Think about bed location. Don’t position the bed underneath a window, directly against a radiator or with shelves, ledges or appliances above that a child can get hold of.

2. Avoid hanging heavy pictures or mirrors above the bed.

3. Secure freestanding furniture by fixing it to the wall with anti-toppling devices such as straps or fixing brackets.

4. Avoid open drawers that can be used as a climbing frame - use child-proof latches on lower drawers.

5. Avoid bunk beds if your child is under six. Cabin beds are a better option if you can squeeze them in - there’ll be plenty of extra storage underneath too.

6. Use socket covers to keep plug sockets safe from probing fingers.

7. Secure all dangling lamp cords or blind pulleys to prevent injury from pulling on them.

8. Childproof the windows. Use latches that will let the window open no more than 10cm.

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