Guest Post by Stephanie, a new mum, sharing her thoughts on decorating her baby’s nursery.
Throughout my pregnancy, and since the birth of my son, I have battled with my nesting instinct, and this weekend, I finally gave in to the temptation to sort out my son’s bedroom. His room, beforehand, was just a blank canvas, a cream room, with a cream carpet and a cream blind, with nothing special about it, and naturally, it became my priority, as it had become more of a ‘baby paraphernalia’ dumping ground in the early days of his life.
As anyone will tell you, the bedding and curtains selected for your room, along with fabulous accessories, can make an enormous difference; in some cases, you may even be able to get away with leaving the decoration as it is. All you need to do is choose the style you want to achieve.
- Do you want the room to be especially dark at night, or do you prefer to be woken by natural daylight?
- Is the room overlooked, or do you require an extra element of privacy?
- How big is the room? Dark colours may draw a room in, where light colours will brighten it up.
- How warm is your house? Do you need extra blankets, or is a duvet sufficient?
- What image do you want to project? A light airy haven, or a cosy, sultry boudoir?
The image I wanted to achieve was “warm and peaceful”.
For a child’s room, people I have spoken to have recommended heavier or ‘blackout’ curtains, calling them a ‘lifesaver’. As a child grows up, they may think that daylight means playtime. By keeping them in the dark, they are said to sleep for longer. Also, in my son’s room, it is a very cold room, with the temperature checking in at around four degrees lower than the rest of the home. For him, I chose a warm, thick dark blue quilt, with two lightweight pale blue blankets. This meant, if cold, he has enough covers, but he can choose to get rid of them on a warmer night if he is too hot. His room is quite a small room, and so I chose some neutral coloured thermal blackout curtains. By keeping them neutral, it allows for his bedding to change as his interests change (because who know which children’s character duvet they are going to ask for next!).
The room will also be used as a play room through the day as he gets older. However, being in a downstairs flat, his room is looked on by our upstairs neighbour’s garden. I want the room to be light enough, while still retaining an element of privacy. To achieve this, I installed cream net curtains. Although they are less common, there are some beautiful ones out there, and from the outside, they look beautiful, while masking the mess my son makes on the inside.
To add finishing touches, I got a few cream and blue cushions and some character cushions (with a few matching wall decals), and scattered them at the head of his cot-bed. A cosy little haven for my little man!