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How many of us, when we first see the positive pregnancy test,
have started decorating our child’s nursery in our minds? Many
women I know (myself included, I must admit) have only found out
the sex of their unborn child so that they can get a head start on
the clothes and décor! But it is worth putting some consideration
into how the choices you make when first putting your baby’s room
together will affect the room they will be living in for the next few
Firstly, when choosing your babies furniture, try not to put too
much focus on the cot. Obviously it is very important to find one
that is safe and comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing, but
try to remember that your baby will only be in it for about 2 years. If
you have bought furniture to match it, consider how that furniture
will look in 5 or 10 few years time. Unless you want to spend a lot
of money every few years, pick furniture that will work for an older
child as well.
Chests of drawers that have a change table attached are great as
long as you like the chest of drawers themselves. Otherwise you
are better off buying a cheaper change table and getting rid of it
when your child is out of nappies.
It is tempting to indulge in child size furniture but probably best
limited to chairs and tables. Scaled down wardrobes and chests of
drawers can look very out of proportion when your child upgrades
to a bed, especially in rooms with high ceilings. Children grow very
quickly, and their clothes get bigger and longer. You will need the
space an adult wardrobe provides. You can always make it more
fun by changing the knobs or painting it in a colour to co-ordinate
with the room.
Avoid babyish themes unless you really do want to change the
room every few years. It may be hard to reconcile the fact that your
gorgeous 6 week old baby will one day be a headstrong 3 year old,
but it will happen. Young children hate to be considered to be
“babies” and will reject babyish things. You can either choose a
colour based theme and add more sophisticated items as the child
grows, or choose a theme slightly older than your child to start with
and your child will grow into it. Wall to wall ‘Winnie the Pooh” will
be the bane of your existence by the time your child is three.
Choose your linen carefully. Falling in love with a cot cover and
designing your room around it is a great idea, but think about what
will happen when your child moves to a bed. Does the
manufacturer make a single bed doona cover in the same pattern?
If so, buy it at the same time as the cot cover. You will regret it if
you don’t because it will undoubtedly be discontinued a few years
later. If you change your mind and hate it a few years later you can
always sell it on ebay to someone with less foresight than you!
When designing a room for a client I usually start by sourcing
some great fabric for the bed coverings. I then have a cot cover
and single bed cover made, as well as matching cushion covers.
Then I co-ordinate the room around the colours and patterns in the
fabric and there is a seamless transition as the child grows up.
A child’s room will always be a work in progress, but if you start
with good basics you will save yourself a lot of money and hard
work in the long run.
Carmen Raynor is an interior designer specialising in kid's rooms. Her Retro Rooms for modern kids can be found at www.retrorooms.com.au
Last updated by Paula Kuhnemann:Smart Woman Jun 1, 2009.