Choosing the Perfect Colors and Themes for Your New Addition
When it is almost time to welcome a new baby into the family, designing and decorating the nursery is something that many parents look forward to and enjoy doing. But, what many new parents struggle with is deciding how to decorate the baby’s nursery and what theme or colors should be used in the space. A nursery does not necessarily have to match the rest of the home but it is important for this room to be a space where both parents and baby are comfortable.
Consider Using a Theme
A great way to start the design of a nursery is to decide whether or not you wish to use a theme. Themes are a great starting point in room design and can help to determine room colors and textures, making the overall process easier. There are hundreds upon hundreds of nursery themes to choose from and which one is best is ultimately determined by the parent’s overall tastes. Some classic themes include nursery rhymes, moons and stars, and baby animals. For baby girls, princess and flower themes are always a fun choice and baby boy themes can include cars, planes, sports, and cowboys.
Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Colors
Choosing the color of a nursery is always the hardest decision to make when designing the room. If you know what the baby’s gender will be, it can help narrow down the choices but if the parents do not know or do not wish to know the baby’s gender before birth, choosing gender-neutral colors becomes the challenge. Traditional nursery colors are usually pinks and purples for baby girls and blue and green for baby boys. Some traditional gender-neutral colors include yellow, green, and brown. Sometimes, however, when a theme is involved some non-traditional colors come into play, like deep reds, royal purples, and vibrant blues. The most important thing to remember when designing a nursery is no matter what color you choose, make sure it is a calm, happy place for both the parents and baby.
Choosing the Right Textures
What many new parents do not consider when thinking about their overall nursery design is how the textures of the different fabrics will work into the way the room looks. Some of the most common “baby” textures include toile, ticking, and gingham. When designing, keep these kinds of materials in mind – for example, when designing a nursery for a baby boy, it may be best to stay away from fabrics like toile since this often reminds us of tutus and ballerinas, something that is generally associated with baby girls. Also, think about how the fabrics will feel to the baby – the ultimate goal is always comfort.
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