Planning for the new arrival is a big part of preparing for a new addition to your family and you want everything to be just right. Shopping for the perfect nursery bedding and décor can be a challenge because there are so many adorable choices it can be hard to settle on just one. The good news is that you really don’t have to get locked in to just one look for baby’s room, especially when you use home textiles to create the decor theme.
It can be tempting to get very specific in terms of wall treatments but painting the room a bright color or wallpapering it with a juvenile print can be very limiting. Babies grow quickly and their tastes and needs evolve; the darling baby print or patterned wallpaper that seemed just right will soon become dated. A better choice is to paint the walls a neutral tone such as buff, eggshell or cream because this way you can easily repurpose the room by simply changing furnishings and décor. If you really want to personalize the nursery there are many modern removable wall borders and wall art designed specifically for temporary use; these are especially helpful if you live in an apartment or are renting a home and need to leave the walls in pristine condition.
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Decorating with home textiles opens up a range of possibilities – use area rugs, window treatments, pillows, throws, slipcovers and bed clothes to add colors and prints to your heart’s content. As your child grows and tastes change it is easy to revise the décor by switching out individual items or starting out fresh with all new home textiles.
Perhaps you simply can’t decide on a particular crib ensemble – there’s really no need to settle on just one because changing the look requires little more effort than making the bed. Generally a crib ensemble includes a crib skirt (which is like a bed skirt), a fitted crib sheet (starting from $— at www.bedbathandbeyond.com) and one or more crib bumpers. Experts recommend three sets of sheets for any bed with one on the bed, one in the laundry and one set at the ready; when it comes to crib sheets savvy parents know that four or five sets will ensure you are never caught short because laundry chores can get backed up.
It can also be tempting to go over the top and invest in luxury bedding for your little prince or princess; while this looks great in the fancy home décor magazines, it often simply is not practical. Look for baby bedding that is machine washable because sending it out to the dry cleaners is costly and time consuming.