Pregnancy is an exciting time, and this excitement often extends to the preparing and decorating of your newborn’s nursery.
However, for those couples deciding not to find out the sex of their baby beforehand, it often seems harder knowing where to begin when planning this essential room.
Fortunately, by not being restricted by your newborn’s gender, you may find yourself with a more creative license when compared to those who do know their baby’s sex!
Letting Your Creativity Soar
Years ago, parents were encouraged to decorate using pink for girls, blue for boys, or yellow if the sex of the baby was unknown.
However, while yellow may be a bright sunny color, reverting to this safer of choices doesn’t have to be the only option if your baby’s sex isn’t to be revealed until the birth.
There are many ways to utilize an assortment of other colors and designs while taking advantage of the unknown gender when it to comes to selecting this rooms scheme.
Designs That Stimulate
If you’re looking to decorate a section of the nursery which offers stimulation for your newborn, anything with a black and white pattern is proven to grab their attention and enrich the sensory nervous system.
This gives you endless scope to incorporate such patterns into mobiles, friezes, toys, and furnishings in an area where you would like your baby to observe. They can then take in such surroundings, staying awake for a time.
Why not implement such a space where your baby can lie, roll, crawl and discover in safety, but one which suggests this is for playtime?
Red is also amongst the most active color that babies will first pick up on as their color vision starts to increase. You could include further red items in this part of the nursery, working on gaining their attention.
Designs That Calm
A considerable part of your nursery will need to encourage a calmer area, thus promoting sleep patterns and routines. Your choices of decoration here, therefore, need to instill tranquility.
This is the perfect place to reduce patterns and introduce more neutral nursery design ideas. However, neutral doesn’t have to equal bland and dull. Beiges and greys can look stunning here and more so when incorporated into soft furnishing, trims, or motifs and picture frames.
However, for something entirely different, but just as calming in effect, why not try mixing it up a little and opting for mustard instead of yellow, mint instead of green or aqua instead of sky blue?
Hugely popular now is the addition of the sky, clouds, and glow in the dark stars onto the ceiling above a baby’s crib or cot.
Encouraging a Balance
In those first few months of a newborn’s life, your baby may only use this room for sleep. However, a nursery should be multipurpose ready as it will need to cope with the demands of playing and changing duties, as well as sleeping!
The trick is to naturally combine these activities into it, especially as the baby grows and spends more and more time in this room.
Room dividers can work here to separate areas off, for example hiding the play area when it’s sleep time or keeping the changing area and its paraphernalia away from the play mat.
Blackout blinds can be added to indicate to the baby that it’s sleep time, and immediately block off those other areas when a low-level night light is used next to your baby’s bed.
Working by Instinct
Work on what feels best for you as a family unit and let your baby come to appreciate a wide range of color, beginning early on, with their nursery.
With no one set color choice and so many variations accessible, designing your newborn’s nursery, regardless of their gender, has never been so exciting!