Nursery Design Ideas | The Manila Times

Having a baby is probably one of the best times for a couple. It also marks the start of a family which, in turn, means they are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with it.

Any parent would like to ensure that their child will be comfortable to ensure that they will have a fulfilling childhood. Thus, they will spare no expense to get there. While some couples would love to have their baby close to them, there are those who would like to have a “baby room” or nursery built. Essentially, this would be the baby’s first home.

According to interior designer Anla Li-Tan, “A baby’s room is truly one of the most endearing spaces to design. It is delicate, intimate and playful all at once.” Whether you do it yourself or hire the services of an interior designer. Here are some ideas in designing a nursery for first-time parents.

Location

In an existing home, you may need to redevelop an unused room to serve as a child’s bedroom. You would choose the one that would provide comfort. Since this is the baby’s first home, it should have an inviting, soothing and fun atmosphere – a great way to welcome the newborn into the world.

Li-Tan said “good space planning is the key to maximizing an area to its full potential.” Parents need to visualize what they would like it to look like, even put it on paper, and then set a budget.

“Measure the space as accurately as possible, including all necessary furniture, appliances and equipment to be placed inside the room and ensure that bulky items (e.g. cribs and lounge chairs) are proportionately sized to the given room,” she said.

Theme

If the budget allows, the nursery can have a theme. Li-Tan advised that the theme should remain constant. She cites an example from one of her clients where parents decided on a tropical theme for their nursery.

“A tropical theme has been incorporated into the design with the following features – an oasis mural accent wall, solihiya patterned closet doors, rattan center light, moss green paint, wood blinds and decors like an oversized giraffe plush and floral accent rug.” she shared.

As for decorations, it is recommended to use non-toxic materials. It is necessary to pay attention to what the baby breathes. When he crawls or plays on the ground, make sure there is nothing harmful he could come into contact with. Avoid materials like those made of volatile organic compounds, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and lead to name a few. These could affect the child in the long term.

Function and durability

When it comes to furniture and accessories, the most obvious piece of furniture that needs to be there is the crib. Other pieces of furniture that would be needed in the nursery would be a wardrobe or closet to store baby clothes and items. A table or something similar where diapers can be changed is also essential. For lighting, it is advisable to use soft, dim lights in the nursery. Avoid using “blue light”, which is emitted by sunlight or by digital screens or LED bulbs. Overexposure to this type of light can cause vision problems over time.

The baby’s room will also need adequate ventilation to expel stale air and bring in fresh air, which is essential for baby’s brain development. In addition to an electric fan and/or an air conditioner, invest in an air purifier to clean the air in baby’s room.

Although the baby is at the center of the room, it should also be functional and comfortable for the parent, as there will be times when they need to be there for the baby. So you could even place a comfortable chair where you can sit and watch the baby.

Li-Tan also suggested that the design of the crib should be durable, meaning the child can still use the room as they grow. The cradle can be replaced by a bed and the changing table can be converted into a study desk. Baby clothes will soon give way to older clothes in the closet and wardrobe.

“Finally, have fun decorating the baby’s room during your ‘nesting’ time,” she said.

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