A baby’s mind is constantly developing and absorbing things from its environment like a sponge. You’ll want to make sure a child’s nursery is a space that engages their mind and senses, and encourages their learning. Speak to your Seattle interior designer about these five great ideas that can help make a child’s nursery more stimulating.
1. Themed room
Pick a theme for the child’s nursery that relates to something you hope they will become familiar with from an early age. Some popular ideas are animals (a farm or safari theme), the alphabet and numbers, the ocean and ocean dwellers, seasons or night and day. Speak to your interior designer about ways to incorporate them into your room’s decor, e.g., through wallpaper, borders, having a mural painted and finding corresponding accessories like lampshades, blinds and painted dressers.
2. Decorate the ceiling
In its early months, a baby spends a lot of time on its back looking up towards the ceiling. Make use of this space – perhaps have contrasting colored patterns painted onto it or even a mural of the morning or night sky. You could choose several different designs depending on what each part of the room is used for, e.g., a plain design may be needed in the space where baby falls asleep. You can also add stimulating accessories like mobiles or hanging toys to certain areas.
3. Create a library
Reading is a wonderful way to stimulate intelligence. Begin your child’s interest in books from a young age by incorporating a library into your nursery. You might opt to have a few shelves of books put up or maybe a few book cabinets erected. Perhaps add a rug or a rocking chair that you and your child can settle on while enjoying the library’s books.
4. Define spaces
You’ll want your nursery to be both a stimulating environment and a calming space where your baby can be soothed during nap and bedtimes. Define areas in the room where baby can go to be stimulated and those where they can unwind and be put to sleep. In stimulating areas, the decor can include mobiles, colorful walls designs and items such as a play mat for tummy time. In calming areas, the decor can incorporate soothing colors, dim lighting, and furniture such as a rocking chair for bonding time between parent and baby.
5. Toys and more toys!
Toys can be enjoyed at all ages, are visually stimulating to even a newborn and will also add another dimension to your decor if you want to display them in your nursery. If you have a themed room, you might choose to fill the room with toys relating to the theme. You may also want a designated area, perhaps a toy box or cupboard, where you can store toys at the end of the day. Ask your Seattle interior designer how you might incorporate toys into your chosen decor.
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