Looking through Pinterest these days you’ll see endless ideas for designing a beautiful nursery, and they kind of fall into to two camps of aesthetic: stimulating or soothing. Some have bright pops of color and patterns galore and others are more subtle and simple with neutral shades throughout. Which are you drawn to? Since you’re reading this post, we’re going to assume you lean towards the side of soothing spaces – a room that fills you with a feeling of serenity and calm. It makes sense when you stop and think about it because what’s going to happen a lot in this room? Sleep (hopefully). At Cloud b, we’re always trying to think of new ways we can help your family sleep better, so if you’re interested in making a sleepy space for your baby, try our easy, DIY design ideas for a super soothing nursery.
- Choose a calming color palette. What colors are most soothing to you? You don’t have to rule out color completely just find lighter shades of whatever your favorite colors are and don’t use too many of them. Stick to a simple color palette and keep it consistent from the walls to the bedding and decor.
- Organize, organize, organize. Everything that can be put away out of sight should be. Of course things are going to get messy sometimes, but good organization will help you clean things (and find things) faster. keep your stress level down. Planning for functionality is a good first step towards a room that makes you feel more relaxed.
- Keep it simple and avoid clutter. Between baby shower gifts and impulse buys (baby things are SO cute!), you’ll likely end up with far more stuff than you need. Get rid of anything that you don’t love or need and pack away things that you won’t need until baby’s bigger. Keeping things a little more sparse in the beginning not only creates a simpler aesthetic for the eye, it also helps prevent inconvenient accidents. (In the middle of the night when you’re less than half awake you don’t want things in the way that you could accidentally knock over and maybe trip on or make a clatter.) A great thing about a simple design in the beginning is that you can easily change it and add to it as your child gets older and you get a better sense of their personality.
- Make it comfortable for you. Your baby has a cozy crib and all the softest blankets, but what about you? You’ll likely be spending oodles of hours rocking and soothing your little one, so consider your own comfort, too. You may have a beautiful, old rocking chair that was your great-grandma’s that you think would look absolutely lovely in that space, but if you don’t like sitting in it for long stretches of time, it shouldn’t go in the nursery. Get a rocker or glider that’s as comfortable as possible. Something you could doze off in for a while and not wake up with a kink in your neck and a sore bottom. If you have the space, a plush ottoman is a must. And, keep a cozy blanket or wrap and plenty of pillows nearby, as well. If you’re comfortable, you’ll be calmer, and then you’re baby will calm more easily.
- Have several lighting options. You won’t always want to turn on a bright, overhead light. A dimmable, up-light in a corner of the room can be nice to use during bedtime stories. A night light like Cloud b’s award-winning Tranquil Turtle can be turned on after you’ve laid baby down to help soothe her to sleep. Also, find a soft, indirect light source that makes it so you can safely move through the room at night without waking anyone up more than necessary. Another thing about lighting to consider is keeping it out during the day, so you may want to buy blackout curtains. You don’t want bright light keeping your baby awake when she needs her afternoon nap!
- Make it multi-sensory. Soothing design isn’t only about what you see, sounds can play a big part, too (especially if you’re trying to block out loud neighbors or a nearby busy road). White noise is perfect for babies and Cloud b’s sound products have been lulling little ones to sleep for a decade. From our classic Sleep Sheep to Marvin the Monkey, Frankie the Fox, Bubbly Bunny and more, you’re sure to find something that’s not only practical, but also perfectly fitting for your nursery theme.
The ideal, soothing nursery is going to be different for everybody, but if you stick to these basic concepts, we’re sure that you will create a space that is blissfully calming for yourself and your little one!