You may find it easier to choose your color scheme first so when you are painting you aren’t stepping around any furniture, however if this is too hard than by all means start with the cot and design the nursery around it.
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Introducing colour is what can make a nursery. Colour can change your mood. When deciding on the colour for your nursery remember to keep the shades pale as you are not trying to create a loud bright room but a soft and inviting room.
Yellow - means Hope and Happiness it is a warm colour that leaves you feeling cheerful.
Using Yellow - Although it can work as the primary color, yellow often works best as a companion to other colors.
Yellow with other colours - yellow will perk up more subdued cool colours of blues and grays. Use lemon yellow with orange or red to carry out a healthy, summery, citrus theme. Very pale yellows can work as neutrals alongside darker or richer colors. Yellow and blue are a high contrast comfortable combination. Yellow with orange a neutral gray and a dash of black for a great look. Interior Design & Furniture
Green means Life, it is a calming restful colour that signifies growth, renewal, health and environment.
Using Green - With both a warming and cooling effect, the color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability.
Green with other colours - green with blue produces echoes of nature, water and forest. Green with brown, tan or beige says organic or recycled. Tri-color combinations of green with yellow and white are sporty, outdoorsy colors. Purple with green can be high contrast, lively. Lime green with orange and yellow is a fresh and fruity.
Pink is a soft it is the sweet side of red. It's cotton candy and bubble gum and babies, especially little girls.
Using Pink: Both red and pink denote love but while red is hot passion, pink is romantic and charming. Use pink to convey playfulness and tenderness (pastel pinks).
Using Pink with Other Colors: Pink and light purple or other pastels used together maintain the soft, delicate, and playful nature of pink. Interior Design & Furniture
Blue is calm and cool. It can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Almost everyone likes some shade of the color blue.
Using Blue: Although blue is a year-round color, pastel blues, especially along with pinks and pale yellows suggest Springtime
Using Blue with Other Colors: Mix the color of blue with green for a natural, watery palette. Add gray for understated elegance.
Sky blue and robin's egg blue, especially when combined with neutral light brown, tans, or beige are environmentally friendly color combinations.
Throw in a dash of blue to cool down orange scheme. Grab attention with the contrast of blue and yellow. Blue with white is fresh, crisp, and nautical. Red, white, and blue is a patriotic color trio for many countries including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. Interior Design & Furniture
Orange - Energetic. Orange is vibrant. It's a combination of red and yellow
so it shares some common attributes with those colors. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun.
Using Orange: The softer oranges such as peach are very friendly and more soothing. Peachy oranges are less flamboyant than their redder cousins but still energetic.
Orange is often synonymous with autumn yet the brighter oranges are a summer color.
Using Orange with Other Colors: While orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, orange really pops with a medium blue. Red, yellow, and orange can be a fiery hot combination or, in tamer shades, a fresh, fruity experience. Make it tropical with green.
Colours to make a room look bigger Cream colors and icy blues are just a few of the best color combinations that can open up a tiny room into a bigger area. It is all about illusion. Light colors make your room look bigger and brighter. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space feel open and airy, which will help to maximize the effect created by natural light. While dark colors absorb light, making the room look smaller. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens, and always remeber that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting. Good lighting is also a key element to opening up space. Mirrors can also make a room look larger. Interior Design & Furniture
Girls Top 5 Themes - Butterflies, Angels, Princesses, Bunnies, Flowers
Boys or Girls Top Themes - Farm animals, Zoo animals, bees and clouds, Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Poo, Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Without a doubt, the most important piece of furniture is the cot. It’s not only the centerpiece of the room, it’s the whole reason you’ve built the nursery! If you’re on a budget, devote most of your resources on buying a good quality cot, mattress and sheets. Because baby will be spending more time here than anywhere else in the house, you will need the cot to last, to be comfortable and, most importantly, to be safe. Because of updated safety guidelines, it is not recommended you buy one used. All new cots should have the Australian Standard approval sticker on it.
For the mattress, make sure it fits tight inside the cot, with no more than 2 finger lengths of space (preferably less). Foam mattresses are the most popular, both for the lower cost than an innerspring and their lighter weight, which can be a godsend when cleaning it after a midnight accident. It should be no more than 6 inches thick, and the surface must be firm.
For the sheets choose good quality that you know will last and ones that baby will feel comfortable in.
The Change Table
Babies will need to be changed 8 to 12 times a day. Change tables provide a sanitary station for all that changing. They come in a variety of styles, from simple tables with shelves to dressers with fold-out dressing stations and large drawers. Whatever you choose, look for plenty of storage for diapers, wipes, lotions, and baby powder.
However, if you wish to save money, you can buy a change pad to attach to an existing dresser. There are also special attachments to place over a cot, and change pads you can simply carry and place on a table. However, the convenience of one change location, complete with all necessary supplies, might make an actual change table a worthwhile investment. Depending on the type, you can use it for storage or a dresser in the future.
Chests, Dressers, and Other Storage
Every new parent will underestimate how much stuff for baby there will be (I certainly did!) Whether from baby showers, your parents, friends or co-workers, you will need a place to store all the gifts, supplies, toys, clothing and gadgets. If you love looking in secondhand stores, this is the type of furniture to look for. Look for a nice dresser or armoire to store all those jumpers, sleepers, undershirts, pullovers and socks. Toy chests are excellent for storage, and can be used to store toys later on. If buying used, be creative and paint or stain it with non-toxic materials to match it with the nursery theme you have chosen.
A rocking or gliding chair is a piece of furniture for you. From the many days and nights feeding baby to rocking her to sleep, you will quickly appreciate the need for this. Glider chairs can be expensive, but they can be used for years as an easy chair in the living room. Unlike rocking chairs, gliders are constructed of wood attached to ballbearing joints, and rock forward or back (higher-end models can also tilt and
lock.) Companies to search for are Dutailier and Shermag. Don’t forget to rest your feet on a matching glider ottoman.
Bedding Sets: Snugabub sheet and blanket sets are perfect for keeping baby warm and snug as they are tailored to baby’s size.
Lamp: Every nursery needs a cute lamp or night light teddy! Many parents buy a lamp that matches with the nursery theme, be sure to place it out of baby’s reach.
Musical Mobile: It is best not to attach these to the cot but a musical mobile can complete the nursery sense with sound. There are endless varieties, from hanging butterflies to teddy bears to bunnies.
Baby Monitor: Keep tabs on baby with a monitor. A transmitter stays
in the nursery, and a receiver stays close to the parent. Video
monitors with night vision are a newer entry to the market.
Hamper: Optional, but inexpensive. You can choose plastic, but wicker gives a natural look, especially if the furniture is all wood.
Nappy Stacker: A decorative cloth bag with a slit in the middle where you grab a
nappy. A convenient storage solution, they are usually tied to the change table.
Chris is a proud new dad, and has turned an old room into a sparkling new nursery. He is the owner of www.good-night-baby.com, an information and resource site full of nursery design tips, shopping for the right cot, bedding styles and baby safety. We thank www.good-night-baby.com for the above information. Interior Design & Furniture
Feng Shui (pronounced ‘fung shway’) Translates literally to "wind-water". It is the ancient Chinese art of placement. The goal of Feng Shui is to achieve harmony, comfort, and balance, first in ones environment and then in one's life.
A calm and harmonious atmosphere is just what your baby needs.
Here is a detailed article. Our thanks to Baby World and the following people for their help with this article: Raymond Catchpole, chairman of The Feng Shui Society www.fengshuisociety.org.uk Tom Coxon, Feng Shui consultant www.fengshui-consultants.co.uk Kathryn Weber, feng shui consultant and publisher of The Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-Zine: www.redlotusletter.com
What is feng shui?
Feng shui literally means 'wind, water' and, as is the case with most Chinese philosophies, it involves balance in the environment in which we live. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as, "a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, and whose effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings." This flow of energy is called 'chi' and it sustains everything in life.
That said, it is also very fragile and can become either trapped or stagnant if conditions are not optimum. However, a feng shui practitioner can help to redress the balance to make living conditions more conducive to better well-being, as Kathryn Weber, feng shui consultant and publisher, explains. "Feng shui proposes that, by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will flourish and prosper better than if the energy is the room was not harmonious."
Feng shui consultants are trained in recognising where chi might be trapped or stagnant in buildings and use this knowledge to recommend ways in which it can be released, beginning at the very simplest level by rearranging furniture, adding or removing objects from a room and giving advice on colour schemes and other décor. Significant further changes follow from identification of electromagnetic fields, geopathic stress and other environmental risks. Improvement continues by setting the whole property harmoniously in its garden or landscape through design that collects and enhances natural energy.
If this all sounds a bit airy-fairy to you, it may interest or surprise you to know that brainiac Carol Vorderman endorsed feng shui in one of her regular columns in the Mirror - and not for financial remuneration either. (The question is where to put those vowels and consonants for optimum chance of success…)
Why is Feng Shui important for Babies
Feng shui experts agree that the nursery is a vital area in which to employ the principles of their system. Tom Coxon, Feng Shui consultant, explains why. "Babies and children are developing. The relevance of that to feng shui is that, whereas we adults are influenced by the feng shui whilst we're in it, and mostly leave the effects behind soon after we move, children gradually incorporate the influences into their make-up, taking it with them when they move." This, therefore, helps to form their profile and, accordingly, can have a huge impact on their health, wealth and lifestyle in later years.
Raymond Catchpole, chairman of The Feng Shui Society, agrees, adding, "Feng shui facilitates holistic development of all individuals and it is valuable that these influences should be appreciated in youth when the child is receptive and developing. Good fortune and increase energy will accompany proper implementation." Interior Design & Furniture
Kathryn also adds, "To maximise the energy in baby's room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colours, and furniture arrangement. These make up the foundation of good feng shui in the nursery. Plus, using feng shui will help to make babies less fussy, make them feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and will promote their health and well-being.
Coo-chi-coo! nursery basics
Creating perfect feng shui will depend on each individual's living space so to make sure you get it absolutely right, you'd probably need the help of an expert. However, there are some basics to bear in mind when designing (or redecorating) a nursery.
The first is to do with timing. The Chinese are very superstitious and therefore believe it's best to leave decorating the nursery until the last few weeks leading up to the birth - so mischievous spirits are not tempted to do damage to the baby. However, we don't think that leaving the heavy-duty decorating is the best idea for a heavily pregnant woman! Maybe it's best to sit in a comfortable chair and give instructions to your partner…
The very basic principles for a harmonious nursery space include the following points.
Position of room within the house
Ideally, a child's room should be in the middle, or the 'bosom' of the house, as Raymond calls it, to induce feelings of security in the child. Kathryn also advises, "A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn't be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on or close to a noisy street or neighbour."
Position of the cot
Position your child so his or her feet are not pointing straight out of the doorway and avoid placing their cot underneath beams and overhead cupboards. Ideally, the cot or Moses Basket should be protected on two sides by walls. Kathryn offers the following tips.
"Whenever you enter a bedroom, the bed is placed in the proper position for an adult: you'd expect to see the head of the bed against the furthest wall. This is a command-type of position. However, so many people put cots in odd ways. Cots are lined up with the door (for the parent's convenience) which is disastrous in feng shui as this attracts harsh energy, or they are placed along side a wall, but rarely, if ever, is a cot placed like it should be: with the head against the wall."
Tom Coxon has seen at first hand how placing a cot or cot correctly can make the world of difference. "Babies can be very sensitive to energy and move to the good chi. I was once asked why one baby always curled up under the covers at the top of the cot, no matter how often her parents tried to move her to the end. When I worked out the feng shui of that room, the answer became apparent: the top of the cot was in beneficial energy and the bottom was in harmful energy. The baby knew instinctively which position provided the good energy to sleep."
Choosing appropriate colorsSome experts advise that babies' rooms should be in soft 'yin' colors - pastels such as blues and greens, peach and light buttercup - as these induce serenity and rest. Primary colors are not ideal as they can be quite stimulating and, therefore, not restful in a sleeping place, as Annabel Treacher told us, "My newborn son was unsettled the moment he moved into his nursery. We had painted it bright green, with little monsters and animals everywhere - what we thought was a typical boy's bedroom and would inspire his creativity! Unfortunately, every time we laid him in there, he would fuss and it would take ages for him to fall asleep, especially when he woke in the night. Our feng shui consultant advised us to make the room less 'busy' in terms of design and to paint the walls a softer green. As soon as we had done this, we noticed a real improvement in Noah's sleeping and behavior."
However, older children can benefit from stronger colors, as Raymond explains, "Colors in the room should be specifically advised by a feng shui expert to suit the personal development of the child. However, for overall stimulation and creativity, the bedroom should have some representation of the primary elemental colors of Water, Tree, Fire, Earth and Metal, which will bring specific benefits to the child if enhanced properly."
Clutter vs clean spacesKeeping clutter to a minimum is common sense if nothing else. In feng shui, the argument against clutter is the same as in any other way of thinking. "Clutter is the first and most important rule of feng shui - get rid of it. Now!" urges Raymond Catchpole. "Clutter makes it difficult for the child to think and see clearly. Encourage the child to give away and pass on things to others. Make this a regular, fun process. In feng shui, something has to go before something new can enter." The additional benefit of this is that it teaches your child to give to others, so it's character-building stuff all round!
Dawn Redcoat found de-cluttering her daughter Claire's room a lifesaver. "We had taken all her toys upstairs and they ended up scattered all over the floor of her bedroom. Each night, she would leap out of bed and play with them as soon as we had left her room and her sleep patterns went out the window. Just by investing in some cheap storage boxes, and making sure her toys were put away from sight for the day, helped her wind down and sleep well."
It's nice to personalize a room and carefully selected items can do this. Framed family pictures are ideal as they provide security and happiness. A green plant is essential as it cleans the atmosphere - but make sure it is out of reach of little hands! Lighting should be soft and keep electrical goods to a minimum to reduce the amount of electromagnetic radiation. Curtains are apparently better than blinds too, and often white is the preferred color, although this may lead to early mornings in the summer!
Decorations can also help with the movement of chi, as Kathryn explains, "A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy." Interior Design & Furniture