Decorate your baby’s room with a color scheme or theme that relaxes you and makes you feel content, as your baby will feed off your feelings, especially in the beginning. His room is supposed to a tranquil retreat that makes him feel secure. Keep the main parts of the room, such as the walls and furniture, neutral so they can grow with your child if you don’t want to put time and money into redecorating the room in a couple years.
Paint the walls in a soothing color that can fluctuate among different themes, such as light blue, green or yellow. You can also paint specific themed murals and designs on the walls or put up wallpaper. A simple border that goes around the nursery is easier to cover up or replace if you don’t want to go the mural route.
Arrange the furniture to provide your baby with the best night of sleep possible and room to play as she grows. “Natural Home Magazine” advises placing the crib on a far wall so she can see the door, or where she won’t be subjected to a drafty window. Choose the least noisy wall for her crib. Add a dresser with a changing table attachment and rocking chair or glider.
Add storage for his clothes and toys. A shelving unit that can work horizontally or vertically can be set up horizontally now, to store his toys within his reach. Turn it vertically when he’s old enough to reach higher shelves without climbing to save floorspace. Use bins or baskets under the crib, in the closet and on shelves to store his clothes and supplies.
Place a rug in the room that complements your color scheme and theme, or provides an additional play area for your baby. For example, a rug with a railroad can serve as an area to play with her trains. Flower-shaped rugs add splashes or bright colors and add to a garden-theme nursery.
Install window treatments that allow light and privacy but don’t pose a safety hazard for your baby. For example, long drapes or blinds with long cords within the baby’s reach can be dangerous. Opt for simple roller shades or curtains that stop just below the window. Use colorful curtains or a patterned valance to add color.
Hang wall decor, such as framed prints or pictures or peel-and-stick decals. Posters and decals are easy to replace when he outgrows the decor. Martha Stewart recommends simple decorations, such as lightweight butterflies that are too large to become choking hazards. She suggests attaching them to the wall above where your child can reach with poster putty, which is easily removable and won’t damage your walls.
Pull the room together with accessories that set the tone for your color scheme or theme. Lamps, mobiles, blankets, nightlights and drawer knobs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns.