When considering your baby room design , you may already have a starting point for your baby room design. Perhaps you already have a furniture piece or set to work with. Perhaps you have chosen a baby room theme in which to build your baby’s room around. If you are here and have no idea where to begin, we’ll take a look at the array of options you have in creating a look you want for your baby’s first environment. Besides themes, we’ll talk about colors, patterns, furniture styles and decorative accents that work together for your baby’s room.
Maybe you have some baby room ideas in mind, but are looking for an “ahh factor” of an extra special quality in which your baby’s room decor will encompass. This could be an unexpected color scheme, a grand mural, or any pleasing quality, which could be one that evokes a happy side effect that is soothing to all who enter the room.
I have seen baby rooms that had a running theme in which the theme was overdone. The baby room theme permeated every wall, every nook, every shelf and any fabric that could have the theme on it, did. I can’t even remember what the furniture looked like. The baby room decor was all about the theme and didn’t make room for the baby herself! The room not only seemed overdone, it didn’t feel like that it was a good environment for the baby. I am not saying that a room should be simplistic. The best baby room designs I have seen had a cohesive look that had a freshness about them. Visual themes with a few well chosen items go a long way in achieving a baby room design. Let’s take a look at some baby room themes.
Baby Boy Room Themes
- Safari Theme
- Cowboy Theme
- Sports Theme
- Big Trucks Theme
- Construction Site Theme
- Racecar Theme
- Outerspace Theme
- Dinosaur Theme
- Pirate Theme
- Train Theme
Baby Girl Room Themes
- Sugar and Spice Theme
- Fairytale Scene Theme
- Stars and Moonlight Theme
- Country Cottage Theme
- Angel Theme
- Butterfly Theme
- Princess Theme
- Tea Party Theme
- Cowgirl Theme
A STARTING POINT
Now it’s time to envision your baby’s room design look and feel. If you’re not sure where to start, you have several options. There are more options for your baby room design than you may realize! All you need is a starting point. If you’re not crazy about having a running theme for your baby’s room décor, you can design it based on the rest of your home’s décor. While your baby’s room design can be a departure from the rest of your home’s décor, you can give it a similar feel that ties in with other rooms in your home. If you have country décor, you can create your baby’s nursery with styles and colors that reflect a country feel. Maybe the centerpiece of your baby room decor is an American Folk Art quilt hung on the wall. Or even more interesting, a child’s wooden wagon placed in the room, with several stuffed animals seated in it.
Perhaps you really would like a wall mural, but don’t know if you can do it, or how to go about hiring an artist. If you would like to do it yourself, but feel that painting characters is beyond what you feel you’re capable of…you’d be surprised that you may be more capable than you think! I’ve seen clever ways of achieving a great result. One way is to visit craft stores to find ideas and solutions. Craft stores have stencil kits that make painting characters and scenes relatively easy!
Another option is to paint a background scene without characters. You can then creatively add your characters in another form, attaching them to the wall! Your characters can be made of a fabric, or even in the form of a stuffed toy, hanging from the ceiling and resting against the wall. This technique also creates a 3-D effect, which has appeal in itself.
An example of using a stuffed toy for your wall mural
If you still feel that your best solution is to hire an artist, get a few referrals from a baby store or nusery boutique. Upon contacting any artist, ask for referrals and photos of their work.
Another good starting point to gain inspiration is to simply go sit in your baby’s room. Sit down, get comfortable and take a long look around the room. Try to get a visual of the type of atmosphere you want to create for your baby. Notice the room lighting. Envision colors that appeal to you. Imagine those colors utilized in the room. Look at the walls, window(s), floor and the ceiling. Think of ways in which you could treat them. Now imagine the crib, changing table, rocking chair and where they work best, according to the layout you did. If you’re unsure of what color schemes and design treatments that will work best, some great baby room design tips are listed below.
Perhaps the best starting point may be to simply visit some baby stores and nursery boutiques. Take a notepad with you, as well as your camera. Also bring along the graph paper of your baby’s room layout. At the very least, you’ll get some ideas and an idea of how much items cost.
USE OF COLOR
The simplest way to transform a room is to simply paint it. Even a subtle color change can make a huge difference in the appearance of the room. And when you add another color, accents, or various treatments, the room can become magical. When you think about possible colors for your baby’s room decor, the room’s dimensions and available natural light should come into play. Color affects the perception of space, the ‘feel of the room’ and how large or small the room seems.
Color also plays a part in your baby’s development. Exposure to color is stimulating to your baby’s mind and helps develop synapses, which are the vital connections across nerve cells in the brain. Research has shown that stimulation of the senses in the early years of development gives children a heightened predisposition to learning.
Artificial and natural light can affect the perception of color in any given space. Sample color chips at a store may look totally different in your baby’s room. When testing colors, place the chip on a wall and look at it during the day as well as at night. Also view it with the lights on and with them off. If you find a specific color that you like at the store, get several ones that are in the same tones and try them at home as well. Ones that may not appeal to you in the store, may look just right in your baby’s room.
- If the baby’s room is large, make it cozy with warm colors. Examples would be yellow, golden, and orange hues
- If the room is small, you can make it appear larger with the use of cool or neutral colors. Examples would be light blue, light green, pink, pastels, and off-white hues
- A color scheme, utilizing a combination of colors can be very appealing. Complimentary colors, such as blue and yellow, work well together
- Get a poster board to test colors out. Attach the poster board to the wall to get a feel for what it would look like in the room
- Most paint stores will now mix quart sizes, so if the color does not appeal to you when test it, you’re not out much money. Sometimes the color may just be off marginally, and the paint store can adjust the color just right, so you’ve wasted no expense
- Bright and lively colors give the feeling of a creative environment that is rich with activity
- Yellow is known as a “happy” color and is associated with the intellectual side of the mind
- Warm colors and neutrals are said to give a feeling of calmness
- Earth-tone colors lend themselves to a connection with nature
In closing, there are many factors in determining your baby room design. If you’re still contemplating several ideas and themes, perhaps you have a single idea in mind that can be your starting point. Sometimes, that single idea will be a springboard to a great baby room design.