Baby Bedroom Decorating and Design Ideas

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Baby bedroom decorating and design is an interesting endeavor. The room you are decorating is intended for your expectant child, but you are really designing it for yourself. After all, your baby is not going to remember anything about the room once he or she gets older. Your baby's bedroom should be decorated and designed to meet the needs and comforts of the baby and those caring for the baby. Set up your baby bedroom in a way that appeases both you and your child.

Pick a color theme:

It is safe to say that traditional baby colors still reign supreme. If you choose to discover the sex of the baby, you will no doubt be inundated with a pink and blue bonanza. Feel free to use this as a jumping-off point for decorating your baby's nursery, but don't feel limited by this color scheme. Softer versions of most colors will suffice. In recent years, gender neutral colors like yellow and green have taken over the baby decorating space. You want to make sure that you don't flood the room with any one color. Rooms that bombard you with pastel baby colors tend to be a bit overwhelming. Settle for a neutral and sprinkle in subtle, soft color. This will make for a tender and calm energy in your child's room.

Aim for soft lighting:

Maintaining a sense of softness is vital when decorating a nursery. One way to make sure your child's room isn't too bold or overwhelming is to play down the lighting. Use light bulbs with less wattage, and utilize heavy lamp shades. Make sure you don't place any bright fluorescents near the bed, and don't forget to include a soft night light in the corner, so your baby doesn't wake up to absolute darkness in the middle of the night.

Include a space for pre-bed bonding:

You want to spend as much time with your baby as you can, so set up some space for yourself where you can sit and rock them to sleep. Buy a comfortable rocker and foot rest, and set up a table with a radio. You can play music at bedtime and lull your baby to sleep in your arms. You don't need to stick with the classic lullabies either! Injecting some of your own personal, softer favorites will make bonding time calming for you both.

Include family photos:

The rest of your house is probably littered with family photos, and the nursery should be no different! Include photos of your child at birth, and updated photos as they get older. Make sure to include several full-family shots. Baby photos of other family members are another adorable addition, and fun to check the resemblance.

Personalizing the crib:

Once you've selected the perfect crib,that provides a safe haven for your baby at night, you want to make sure it's comfortable and cozy. Pick soft bedding that will be safe and supportive for your baby's tiny body. Add plush toys for your baby to hug and squeeze, but make sure they are age-appropriate and that they aren't hazardous in any way. Another thing to consider is what kind of mobile you want to hang over the crib. You can go with a classic lullaby-singing model, or opt for a brighter piece that will act as eye candy as your child drifts to sleep.

Set the scene:

It is fun to decorate and create a themed bedroom, and this is especially true when you are decorating a baby's room. At some point, your baby will develop their own interests that will be forced upon you regardless of your own personal taste preferences. One thing you should keep in mind is that a theme that can grow with your child will save you time and money on redecorating the bedroom. Specific brands and characters might date your nursery several years down the line. So, picking a theme that isn't sensitive to time is a good idea. This is your chance to set the stage, so pick a theme you will all enjoy! Some popular themes include:

For girls:

  • Ballerina
  • Princess
  • Bakery
  • Beach

For boys:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Knights
  • Superheroes
  • Racecars

For both:

  • Zoo animals
  • Jungle
  • Forest
  • Under the sea

Your child's nursery will be the first place they grow up. You want to make sure that is a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Feel free to incorporate as much of your own style as you want, and don't forget to make it warm, calm and fun!

Last Updated: January 18, 2012
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About Chanti Burnette Chanti was a freelance writer for IdealHomeGarden.com.

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