Tuck your newborn into a nursery fit for royalty
Photo caption: The nursery above has luxurious fabrics and finishes fit for a princess. The Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades lower from the top of the window for privacy with a view and softly diffuse the light. To help ensure child safety, the shades are equipped with the LiteRise cordless lifting system.
(NC) – While the British celebrate their new baby prince, many of us have our own princesses and princes to plan for – and creating a nursery is a good place to start. With just the right tranquil features our wee ones will feel snug and happy and that helps any new parent to care for them with skill and dexterity.
So what's the best way to create the perfect nest for your littlest angel? We asked interior designer Zoya Bograd, to share her thoughts, since her exquisite nursery design earned high praise from visitors and fellow designers alike at a recent show house:
• Colours: “So many people worry about the colour scheme,” Bograd says, “with reports saying babies see colours differently than we do, some stimulate the brain, others don't.” Her view is to create a room that you, the parent, like and “look good in, too.” One reason softest blush pink is a favorite of hers is because “It makes everyone's skin look better.” She continues, “Save the primary reds, greens, yellows and blues for a mobile above the crib and accessories such as plush toys.”
• Fabrics. Another area that's of great importance and often misunderstood, says Bograd, is fabrics. “Keep in mind,” she counsels, “that newborns take up precious little room in the crib, and won't be in contact with draperies, upholstery and furniture for quite a while.” She loves using silk to decorate a nursery and fine, Italian cotton linens in the crib. However, to make things practical, she advises buying or making “tie sheets” that stretch over two-thirds of the mattress, the area baby sleeps on. “It's much easier to frequently wash these small-sized sheets than the standard larger ones.”
• Window dressings. Using one's brain is as important to the successful design of a nursery as using good taste. When it comes to window treatments, for example, look for styles that allow you to manage the amount of light in the room at different times of the day and night. For example, Vignette Modern Roman Shades with the 'top-down bottom-up design' option are often used by Bograd. In the show house, this Hunter Douglas line demonstrated the perfect choice by highlighting the city skyline and cloud-specked sky while delicately masking the less-than-exciting buildings outside. In addition, an array of lifting system options and the fact that there are no exposed rear cords make them an especially appropriate choice for a nursery.
• Style. Some people think a baby's room must be cutesy with a circus theme or animal figures, bold furniture styles and patterns. “You should choose what you like,” says Bograd, “be it Gustavian, a personal preference of mine, Arts and Crafts, Mid-Century Modern or Louis XVI. Remember, you'll be spending hours and days there, and not always in the best of spirits. So make it a place that calms you and makes you feel happy.”
• Furniture. The key to a practical and good-looking nursery is the placement of
the furniture. Bograd likens the essentials to those of the kitchen, where they are
the sink, stove and fridge. For the nursery, it's the crib, dresser with changing table and glider (safer than a rocking chair). The crib, for example, should never be close to a window – dust and drafts can leak in and once an infant is able to stand the windows themselves pose a potential danger – and you must be sure that your window dressings have a cordless operating system.
It's best to put the crib diagonally across from the entry on the opposite wall. And, if possible, place the changing table close by for easy efficiency. The concept is to make the room both “functional” and “beautiful” she admonishes, which is quite simple with a little pre-planning.● Healthy & sustainable. Always check labels on items used in the nursery. Hunter Douglas, for example, delivers products that are certified for optimal indoor air quality by Greenguard. Decorate your nursery with organic fabrics, sustainably harvested woods and use paints that are VOC-free.
“Subtle fine-tuning such as those in my nursery, seep into a child's being, as much as colour, design and style,” says Bograd. “What's important to you, becomes important to them.”
More information is available online at www.hunterdouglas.ca.
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