Good news for modern design lovers, soft pastels are not the best nursery choice. According to parenting guru Dr. Sears: “The best way you as a parent can stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors. So what about those nice soft pastels that used to be so popular in baby toys and nurseries? While these may look pretty to you, they do nothing visually for your baby. Research has proven that black and white contrasts register powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to baby’s brain. Stronger signals mean more brain growth and faster visual development.”
When creating a nursery that is practical, safe and will look great as baby grows, keep the following tips in mind: - Add a dimmer to lighting. It’s an easy project that will allow you to adjust the mood of the room as needed. - Select durable, washable fabrics and rugs that can be easily cleaned. - Select furniture pieces that can evolve from nursery to a teenager’s room. - Think about furniture placement and safety as baby starts getting mobile. Some good baby-proofing ideas include covering wall outlets, keeping the crib away from window treatments and cords and placing valuable items on higher shelves. - Focus on creating an uncluttered nursery with plenty of storage options that make cleanup while holding a baby easy. - Allow for plenty of floor space so baby can have floor playtime.
Select modular furniture that can be used beyond the first year. Many crib styles nowadays convert into children’s beds, while changing tables are often a regular dresser with a detachable dressing table top. And don’t forget to add fun elements to a nursery like a tent or animal rocking horse that baby can use as he/she grows into a toddler.
And black and white are not the only colors that babies are attracted to. Any bold, contrasting colors in graphic patterns will work. Great places to include pattern are: a wallpaper or mural wall. upholstery and other textiles. an area rug.
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