Interior Decorating For Nurseries

Interior Decorating Tips: Planning a Baby’s Room

Decorating a nursery is an exciting experience, but it can certainly feel overwhelming as well. With so many options for furniture, bedding, and paint, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Luckily, Ellecor Interior Design has worked with several new parents, using our interior decorating knowledge to create functional, beautiful spaces that they can enjoy with their little one. If you are expecting a newborn, follow these interior decorating tips for your nursery.

Keep it Simple

From changing diapers to late night feedings, you will spend a lot of time in your baby’s nursery. When you are decorating, remember the function of the room. Keep your interior decorating choices simple and create a space where you can see yourself taking care of your newborn. Most of all, avoid clutter. Tripping over a misplaced toy in the middle of the night is the last thing you want.

Consider Storage

Storage is incredibly important in a nursery. Not only will you have diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and bottles, but you will eventually accumulate clothes, books, and more toys than you can imagine. To avoid clutter, make sure you have a place to store it all away. When you purchase a crib and changing table, try to find something with plenty of drawers and cabinets.

Invest in Thick Curtains

Naptime is important for both babies and parents. If your nursery is too bright during the day, your newborn may not be able to fall asleep. To ensure naptime runs smoothly, invest in some thick curtains that block out plenty of light.

Remember: Safety First

Lost in the details of interior decorating, it’s easy to forget about safety. When it comes to nursery safety, the list goes on and on, but there are a few general rules to keep in mind.

First, keep your crib away from the window. If your baby is too close to the window, they may reach for the chord, which can be a strangulation hazard.

Second, baby-proof all electrical outlets and keep all cords out of your child’s reach.

Third, choose water-based paints with low levels of volatile chemicals. Paint well before your baby arrives to give the room plenty of time to ventilate. If you are using wallpaper, choose something that is paper-based or made from natural fibers. Once again, this will decrease the chances of your newborn breathing in harmful chemicals.

Have Fun with Your Interior Decorating

If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that interior decorating is supposed to be a fun experience. This is your chance to create a home for your child, so let your imagination run wild. Choose a bright paint color and buy the cutesy lamp you saw at the home decor store. Remember that a nursery is only a temporary room that you will soon redecorate as your child grows older, so have some fun with it while you have the opportunity.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design

Ellecor Interior Design works side-by-side with our clients to create beautiful spaces that fit their lifestyle and needs. If you are planning an interior decorating project, contact us today!

 

Wood on Display

Brady and Haden Long, the husband-and-wife duo behind Ellecor Interior Design, share how to make eye-catching wooden wall displays.

The frame of Mind: To give their bedroom a pop of style, David Wenzel-Arizaga, and Jesus Arizaga-Wenzel made this wooden headboard with the help of Brady and Haden Long at Ellecor Design & Gifts.

Decorating an enormous, blank wall is often a challenge for anyone, even designers. Interior designer Haden Long and her husband, Brady, were faced with this challenge—specifically 1,000 square feet of blank drywall—when opening Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com), an eclectic design and gift store in Farmers Park. To break up space, they decided to create several wooden wall features.

The inspiration came from vignette pieces Haden saw while at a market in Las Vegas. Vendors had displays on rollers and used them to separate items into 1,520-foot spaces. The Longs took the idea in a different direction by inventing wooden structures designed to distinguish space while making a bold statement on the blank walls of their business.

Haden says the wall features are not only aesthetically appealing, but they’re also versatile and practical. “The nicest thing about them is they finish off space without you having to have a bunch of art,” she says. The creation itself can function as a piece of art, or as a one-of-a-kind background to other pieces. One Ellecor client has a recreated form of the display used as a headboard. Another client uses a version to hang a deer mount. It can also be used as a collage wall, a place to hang the television or even a rustic backdrop for wreaths. Depending on the wood and stain used, the look can fit in almost any home. If a rustic look isn’t your thing, add a coat of paint in whatever color suits your taste.

If you love the look and you’re up for creating the piece for your own home, you’re in luck. Brady, who shares step-by-step directions on the following page, says the construction is fairly simple, and a 10-by-9-foot piece can be designed in about eight hours. But probably not if you’re building it all by yourself. The work, while doable, does require an extra set of hands, especially if making a larger piece. The wood is extremely heavy.

Directions

1. Choose your wood. Brady used maple and poplar. Choose something that has the look and character you want. You can use equal or varying widths. Buy a little more than you might need.

2. Sand the wood just enough to smooth any roughness that might cause splinters.

3. Layout pieces to determine exactly how you want them to look on the wall. Stagger the lengths, and the widths if desired.

4. Using a tape measure and saw, cut a couple of small scrap pieces equal to the space you want between the horizontal boards. These will serve as spacers when hanging the wood.

5. Apply finish. Brady used natural Danish oil and wiped it on with a rag. Do this before hanging the wood.

6. Also before hanging the wood, locate the studs in your wall using a stud finder.

7. Secure the 2-by-4s vertically to the studs with construction adhesive. Then, add the 3½-inch screws to the 2-by-4s about every foot. (This thing is heavy, so there needs to be plenty of support to keep it from ripping out of the wall.)

8. Have a partner help you hang your horizontal wood pieces. With one person standing on each end, attach the bottom board to the 2-by-4s using an air nailer. Place the spacers you cut on top of this board. Then get the next board, and rest it on the spacers to ensure a correct width between boards. Continue this process until all of the boards are placed where you want.

9. Drill 2-inch screws into the center of the boards on each side for additional security.

10. You’re finished! You can leave the wooden fixture as is or decorate your new wall feature as desired. Hang art on it, use it as a headboard… there are plenty of options.

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