You’ve bought maternity jeans, checked out hospitals and are in the process of memorising your favourite baby books – but what about your home?
When you’re welcoming a new addition, planning where they’ll sleep, feed, play and where you’ll keep all their “stuff”, can be one of the most exciting but daunting aspects. And new additions can represent changes to the design dynamic of your home.
But before you get carried away, I’m a firm believer in design evolution not revolution in baby friendly spaces.
So, put down the traditional baby pink or blue and animal print curtains… and just follow a few simple ideas so you can live with all the new baby products, spaces and practicalities without compromising your design ideals and turning your place into Mothercare!
Storage is key
You probably already know that babies bring with them a whole heap of stuff. So, remember to include plenty of storage space. And keep in mind that your baby won’t be small and immobile forever so their storage need will change over time.
As such, storage is key, especially in and around the kitchen and of course the nursery.
Many rooms have built in robes with lots of hanging space, however, babies really need plenty of drawers and shelves in the first 12-18mths. If you have space in the bottom of your robe you can use simple Ikea drawer/basket solutions to tide you over.
You’ll also need to consider where to store the buggy, carriers and seats, slings, backpacks etc etc. So organise closets, consider furniture with storage and make space somewhere near your front door to store your buggy and everything else that goes with it. In some homes I’ve managed to install great wall racks in cupboards that when the buggy is collapsed can safely be put away.
Keep it simple in the nursery
It’s tempting to go all out and style every inch of your new addition’s room and beyond!
But keep in mind that relatively soon, they’ll have their own tastes and preferences, and you may want to add decor that reflects these. Stick to neutrals and choose furniture that is design friendly as well as practical…it’s still your home too after all.
When sourcing furnishings for the nursery try and source items that can become versatile as your baby grows.
A feeding chair, opposed to a rocking chair, can later become a really beautiful occasional chair that can stay in the baby’s room or be used in another part of the home.
Source a dresser with a removable changing table so the dresser can stay later. You can also find bassinettes that can be placed into the cot and them removed when your baby becomes bigger.
Colour and shape
When it comes to nursery colour schemes, I don’t like to make it too traditional with the blues or pinks. Rather going for taupes, greys and whites and accenting with golds or brass, or pewters and silver. Then add in a touch of colour such as a rich coral, a touch of orange or a beautiful emerald green.
But remember, babies can’t see very well (especially at first). They are, however, drawn to colour and pattern, so it’s worth choosing some art or prints that have great colour and pattern to stimulate but that are versatile and could work in any room in the home later on.
This can also focus baby’s attention in and around the cot, changing station, or feeding area.
Soft lighting works best in babies’ rooms, so opt for an overhead light with a dimmer, as well as a subtle night light (for feeding) and a bedside lamp (all on dimmers). And keep a few nightlights in the adult areas, so you can see what’s happening when your hands are full and you tired.
For more inspiration from SmartSpace Interiors on children’s areas or the rest of your home, contact me here.
NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.