By Michael Turner*, Mothersforum.org Guest Author
Decorating a nursery is one of the fun parts of becoming a parent, and from primary paint colours to co-ordinated furnishings and patterned roman blinds, there are lots of themed products available for children’s nurseries to choose from. This is the perfect opportunity to let your imagination run wild and create a fun and stimulating environment for your impending new arrival, and given that you are likely to be spending plenty of time in the nursery for many months to come, you will no doubt want the room to be perfect. But if you are stuck for inspiration, read on for a few fun ways to decorate your child’s nursery.
Your child’s nursery does not have to be pink or blue!
The nursery is the one room in the house where you can have enormous fun with colours and adventurous decorative schemes. Instead of sticking to traditional ‘pink for a girl and blue for a boy’, try some exciting new colour combinations and patterns and transform a boring room into a magical wonderland you and your baby will love spending time in. You don’t have to spend a fortune: paint and soft furnishings can be bought cheaply if you are willing to shop around, and if you are handy with a sewing machine and have the time, you can always opt to make some of the items yourself.
Fun ideas for nursery decorative schemes
Small babies can only see bold patterns and sharply contrasting colours—pastel shades might look pretty to you, but a newborn baby will not appreciate the subtleties of pale yellow and candy pink stripes on the wall. He prefers black and white geometric patterns and bright colours such as red, blue and green. So think outside the square and choose bold patterns to catch your baby’s attention and help stimulate his brain development.
Put yourself in your baby’s shoes: in the early months, he is likely to spend a lot of time lying in his cot, staring up at the ceiling in between naps and feeds. So instead of concentrating on a pretty themed decorative border, decorate the ceiling with eye-catching patterns and colourful pictures. You can also use mobiles to great effect, as long as they are positioned well out of reach of exploring hands.
Once you have a colour scheme in mind, extend those ideas to soft furnishings for the floor and window. Although new born babies find it hard to differentiate between night and day, it makes sense to install a blackout blind or similar to help him sleep during the day. Patterned roman blinds and roller blinds with a blackout lining can be a functional and attractive way of dressing the window in a child’s nursery, but make sure you fit a cordless blind or install a cord safety device to prevent any future accidents.
Anyone with a bit of artistic talent can paint a simple mural on the nursery wall. Sketch out a design using pencil or chalk and then complete it with water based acrylic paints. Jungle animals, underwater fishes and anything else that takes your fancy is doable if you have the time and patience. Alternatively, print a few pictures and cartoons from the internet and paste them on to the wall and ceiling to keep your baby entertained.
About the author: This is an article about Patterned roman blinds is written by Michael Turner, a home improvement, design and technology enthusiast on behalf of Roman Blinds Direct.