Decorating the Nursery: What to Put on the Walls
Decorating your nursery walls is a great project for channeling all your excitement and energy. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered—check out our tips for creating a nursery that suits your style, budget, and makes Baby feel right at home.
Having a girl? Though you certainly don’t have to go with pink, it turns out there’s a method to the madness. Design experts agree that bold colors such as red, orange, and bright yellow can stress Baby out. If you’re stuck on using a brighter hue, use a creamy shade.
Don’t know the sex? Your nursery options aren’t limited to green and yellow anymore. Try a neutral shade like beige and add in splashes of bold color with a rug and toys. Murals are also a fun way to liven up it up. Consider ABCs or your favorite characters.
If you’re not a butterflies kind of gal, consider these trends: chocolate brown and ice blue for a boy’s room and chocolate and pink for girls. Another hot combo is pink and gray or blue and gray, or adding touches of animal print in a beige room.
Babies spend a lot of time looking up so why not make it interesting? A mural is a great way to keep Baby entertained. An inexpensive option is to purchase a package of fluorescent stickers in the shapes of stars and planets and place them on the ceiling.
DIY mobiles are inexpensive and fun to make because the possibilities are unlimited. Cut colorful shapes out of construction paper and put them in an interesting design. Don’t worry about mistakes because Baby never cares if you color outside of the lines.
Put a Name to the Face
Placing photos of family members around the crib will grab Baby’s attention. Before you put Baby down for bed stop at each picture and say who each person is. This is a fun way to share your memories with Baby and keep him entertained.
Magnetic paint allows you to put objects on your walls without needing tacks or nails. The paint is applied like any other paint but is used as a primer. After it dries you cover the coating with any color you’d like. (Be sure to keep all magnets out of Baby’s reach!)
A Clean Slate
Chalkboard paint will convert your nursery walls into a usable chalkboard. You probably don’t want to devote an entire wall to this so mark off a space that your child will eventually be able to reach. Decorate it with your own sweet nothings until Baby can take over!
Soak It Up
Feel free to trade that pristine paint job in for walls that scream FUN! Sponge painting is an easy way to achieve a unique look that’s all your own. Use a large sponge to make patterns on the wall as you paint. Stars, leaves, underwater creatures… anything goes.
It's a Wrap (Up)
So remember, there is no rulebook when it comes to decorating the nursery—and if you find one throw it away! Don’t let marketers decide what your child will find interesting. The imagination and love you put into your nursery will always be remembered.
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