06 August, 2012

Seven Babies, Seven Neighbors = Seven Nursery Design Tips

By Lisa Peck, ASID

In Hastings Minnesota an unlikely event is happening. So unlikely, that Good Morning America has covered this local story.Seven neighbors with yards that all meet are all expecting a baby within a seven month time period. These expectant mothers, like all are apt to be planning a perfect nursery for their new arrivals.

Here is a mood board featuring some of our favorite resources for baby.

Fabrics from LuLu DK for Schumacher, Jane Churchill and rugs from Designers Guild.

Seven Tips for a successful nursery design.

1. Include a wall finish, floor covering and window treatment that will continue to be appropriate when baby turns to toddler, preschooler and big kid.

2. Balance happy colors, stimulating colors with soothing ones. We all want baby and parents to sleep.

3. Remember you are starting to build baby's aesthetic...kitschy or sophisticated? You decide.

4. Leave open floor space for tummy time now...playing later.

5. Don't hang anything on the wall next to the changing table or crib. Instead consider a painted graphic or a blank wall. Safety first in baby's room.

6. Incorporate low storage for books and toys that baby can reach on his own once he starts to explore his room.

7. Don't fill every space. Leave room for the special gifts that are sure to be given when baby arrives.

Congratulations to all the Moms and Dads.