Once you've decided to decorate any room in your home, it may be a good idea to enroll in an online design course. You are planning to add a baby to your household -- congratulations! There are so many thing that you'll need to do before your baby's arrival: equip your car with an infant car seat, stock up on teeny-tiny clothes and diapers and of course, you'll want to get the nursery decorated. This task can seem intimidating, but in reality, it's pretty simple if you keep a few things in mind:
- Begin by getting exact measurements of the room and write these measurements down. Take note of where closets, windows and doors are located.
- Make a simple drawing of the room dimensions on plain paper and then make several photocopies of this drawing. You can "re-arrange" the room on paper until you come up with the perfect plan.
- Decide on a budget. It can be easy to get a little carried away while you are shopping (baby things are so cute!); having a dollar amount in mind before you ever enter the stores will help you to stay on track.
- Do you know the gender of the baby? If so, you may choose to decorate in traditional pink, blue or possibly a theme that has a gender preference. If you do not know the baby's gender, or if you simply prefer, white, ivory, soft yellow and mint green are popular colors for babies rooms.
- If you will be having a baby shower, be sure to register for furniture, bedding and other baby room items!
- Think ahead to save money. If you are planning to add another child to your family in a few years and have an extra bedroom, you may want to consider decorating the nursery in gender-neutral tones. When it is time to welcome your second child, you can move your oldest to the new room (they will be outgrowing the "baby" decor, anyway) and use the nursery for your second child without needing to redecorate two rooms.
- When shopping for nursery furniture, try to find pieces that will "grow" with your child. Many cribs can be converted into toddler beds and even twin beds as your child grows. Although they may be a little more expensive in the beginning, they will likely save you money down the road. Also, avoid purchasing dressers that are too small. In just a few years, those specialty items will need to be replaced.
- If space allows, include a rocking chair in the baby's room. You will be spending many hours rocking your little one (often in the middle of the night!) so it would be very convenient to have a comfortable chair nearby.
- Make safety your #1 priority. Childproofing the house begins before the baby comes home.
- Mini-blinds are a popular choice for window treatments, but older blinds might not be safe. The long cords can pose a strangulation hazard; if the cords on your mini-blinds are not the modern, "break away" type, secure the blind cords up high or better yet, replace the blinds.
- Check your entire house, and especially the baby's room, for the presence of lead based paint. Home test kits are inexpensive and readily available. If you locate lead paint in your home, it would be wise to seek the advice of a professional to secure its safe removal.
- If you are using hand-me-down baby furniture or equipment, check to see that the items haven't been recalled.
Hand-me-down or secondhand items add a great sense of style to your baby's room, and they can be refurbished so that they look like new. Online arts classes can give you ideas about how to strip, paint, or stain these items so that they'll be bright and attractive.
One final word -- decorate your baby's room using colors and themes appeal to you. In just a few short years your "baby" will have opinions of his/her own and the next time you are choosing room decor, you'll have to consider the opinions of a pre-schooler!