When you are expecting, there are a lot of things to think about. One of your top concerns is having a comfortable, functional space to bring your new baby home to. When you are designing the nursery you naturally want something that looks nice, but because you and your baby will be spending quite a bit of time there you also want it to be a comforting space. Here are three ideas to make your nursery a comfortable place to be.
Choose A Soothing Color Palate
When you think of a nursery, you generally think of something with gentle tones and pastel colors. That is because bright colors can over stimulate baby. There is nothing wrong with having bright pops of color, but you do not want to overwhelm your little one. Tranquil blues, greens, lavender and even grays are a great place to start. But if you prefer warmer colors, pale rose, peach and even a creamy yellow are nice choices. You could even go with a neutral scheme with off-white, cream and sand. Check your local home and garden stores, like Koontz Hardware, for more paint ideas.
Comfortable, Durable Furniture
Of course you will have a crib and a changing table for taking care of baby. But what about mom? No nursery is complete without a rocking chair. Holding your baby as you feed her or put her to sleep promotes bonding. Rocking provides rhythmic motion that will calm and soothe her– which is especially important if you are trying to get her to sleep. If you are going to be spending significant time in this chair, it should be comfortable. Choose a rocker with plenty of padding. You may even like a rocker that comes with an ottoman. Also, consider what will fit in with your previously chosen color scheme.
Hardwood floors are beautiful. In your baby’s nursery, however, you should have a floor covering to help absorb sound. If your home is not carpeted, consider getting a large area rug. Not only will this help to prevent scratches and dents from furnishings, but it can allow you to tip toe in to check on your baby without the risk of waking her. It is also handy in the event that you drop something. The item in question will make less noise as it hits the floor.
When designing your nursery, you should make sure that it is functional and attractive. But since it is a place you are likely to be spending a lot of time during baby’s first few days and weeks, it should also be comfortable.