How to Create a Stylish Nursery That’s Safe for Your Baby

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If you’re expecting a child, it’s important to get a head start on your nursery. Creating a safe and stylish room requires a lot of planning and design work. Here are some tips to help you stay on track and set up the perfect nursery.

1. Keep Paint Neutral

You don’t want your nursery’s color to be distracting to your child. Make sure you choose a paint color that doesn’t feel specific to one gender. It’s also important to use a water-based, low-VOC paint. If you need help, you can always hire a painter to ensure the best materials and beautiful results.

2. Choose a Theme

There are many themes to consider when decorating a nursery. Jumping into a nursery design before you know the gender of your child can cause last-minute redecorations. If you decide to go with a theme, make sure your accessories match the theme of the room. You can also paint murals on one or more walls to keep with the theme without redoing all the walls.

3. Add Appropriate Art

Framed prints, paintings and pictures are perfect pieces for your nursery. Make sure the art matches the theme and color of the room. It’s fairly inexpensive to find pieces of art at local secondhand stores.

4. Select Nice Furniture

Choose furniture that will last a long time. Avoid pieces with ornate cutouts or easy-to-remove detailing. Small bits of furniture can become choking hazards. Also, invest in a comfortable rocking chair or recliner for the nursery. You should also focus on furniture that will grow with your baby. Flexible furniture will save you money in the future.

5. Don’t Forget Storage

You will receive lots of gifts from relatives and friends as your child’s due date approaches. Use these tips to make sure everything fits:

  • Choose a toy box with an open lid.
  • Keep diapers, baby powder, etc. in a hard-to-open container.
  • Put everything necessary in close proximity to the changing station or crib.

To avoid your children getting into storage not meant for them, you can also think about installing childproof locks.

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