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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
6 DN DECOR DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 It is always tricky to coordinate baby linen because most baby blankets and sheets are gifts from loved ones, and they come in different shades NATION|FILE Parents traditionally use two colours to decorate their baby’s room: pink for girls and blue for boys How to make baby’s room compact, cute and functional Get maximum storage from your space by using multifunctional furniture such as a changing table with shelves BY DÉCOR JUNKIE F or many young parents, nothing beats the excitement of welcoming a little one into the family. Whether it is a first child or not, there is always an indescribable joy associated with newborns. For many parents, the preparation involves many lists and tasks to complete before the “birthdate”. One of these is to make baby’s new space functional, baby-friendly and beautiful. Here are a few simple ways to make your baby zone as beautiful as your little bundle of joy. Baby stuff It is ironical that babies are so little, yet they need so much stuff. Mountains of diapers, little clothes and other accessories are must-haves during the first months. No wonder, then, that the most common nursery decorating dilemma is storage. To get maximum storage from your space, use multifunctional furniture. Go for a crib that has drawers, whether on the side or underneath. As for your changing table, go for one with shelves where you can keep baby’s toys, feeding equipment, etc. The next place to hunt for storage is your wardrobe, and thank goodness baby clothes are small, so you can further partition your wardrobe by using a smaller wicker shelf to store baby’s socks, mittens and other itsy bitsy accessories. NATION FILE Do not use pillows or cushions in the crib. Instead, use them on your Mummy’s chair - a good sturdy chair that you can keep in the room for breastfeedling times. On the wall There are two colours that parents traditionally use to decorate their baby’s room: pink for girls and blue for boys. Granted, these are the conventional choices, but the 21st century offers much more and you can decorate your nursery with a neutral colour such as grey, juxtapose the grey with some yellow neon accessories like cushions or stuffed toys, simple black-and-white gingham print linen on the crib, some dramatic black-and-white zebra print curtains, basic white furniture and you will have a vibrant but very trendy space. Bare necessities There are certain things that must always be at arm’s reach when taking care of a newborn, like a good baby blanket, a burp cloth, baby bottles and some rattles. Still in the spirit of being trendy, use a carved African stool to house these little items beside baby’s bed. To make the stool more contemporary, spray-paint it white and it will make a dramatic style statement effortlessly. Don’t forget the linen. It is always tricky to co-ordinate baby linen because most baby blankets and sheets are gifts from loved ones, and they come in different shades. There is a simple way to make sure the linen aligns with your décor theme; there are inexpensive natural fabrics that you can buy locally to cover, say your baby’s duvets. As for blankets, you can simply line them with co-ordinating cotton fabric and use them with the cotton fabric side facing up. Last but not least, invest in good heavy curtain drapes that will keep cold draughts at bay. Please remember not to use pillows or cushions on the crib; no matter how cute they look, they can be a hazard to a baby. Instead, use the cushions on your Mummy chair – a good sturdy armchair that you can keep in the space for breastfeeding times. On the floor As far as your floors go, use floor material that is easy to clean. Newborn babies are sensitive to dust, smells and everything else in between. If you can, buy a simple woven floor rug that can be washed and dried as frequently as possible. A faux sheep skin rug can also work, provided it is kept clean and aired often. Picture perfect They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and even more emotive and beautiful are a newborn’s pictures. Use one wall to frame two or three medium-sized black-and-white portraits of your little one’s first days. Another way to accessorize your walls is to make a gallery of all the congratulatory cards you get on the birth of your baby. To make them look coordinated, use a complimentary shade of paint to draw a heart shape at least one metre high and wide, then use super glue or magnetic clips to hang the cards. My name is Last but not least, put your baby’s individual stamp on the room by using a decal of their name just above the crib. There you have it, little things that will make your baby’s space beautiful in a big way.
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