Decorating the nursery
You found out you’re pregnant, announced it to your family and friends and started making plans for the baby shower. Let the “nesting” commence!
The first stop is the baby’s room, where your tiny bundle of joy will spend the majority of his or her time. From paint colors to furniture to storage for books and toys, here are the latest trends for the nursery.
Shades of Gray
Today’s savvy moms aren’t just thinking in terms of pink or blue, or even the gender-neutral yellow.
“Hot colors for youth rooms, from infant to toddler, have emerged with more upscale hues and tones,” says Eric C. Lackey, designer and president of The Decorator’s Edge in Thomasville. “New to the scene is gray, from frosty silvers to pewter.”
Lackey says it’s important to have an easy base color that accepts trends not only in color, but in themes as well. Ballerinas can easily become an animal theme, or you can switch from western to a sports theme.
“A room can be individualized as quickly as a child changes her mind by simply adding different pillows, bed coverings and wall art,” says Lackey.
Using a color that “pops” is another popular trend. For both boys and girls, decorators are seeing non-traditional colors, such as turquoise or tangerine, combined with gray.
For patterns, the geometric boldness of chevron stripes is replacing the more whimsical patterns that were popular just a few years ago.
Convertible cribs are still very popular, particularly those that can transition not only to a toddler bed, but even to a full-sized bed. But with convertible cribs, come thicker crib slats. As a result, crib-attachable mobiles are becoming obsolete, inspiring parents to get creative.
“A lot of customers decorate their nurseries with chandeliers or pompoms that hang from the ceiling,” says Amy Vore, owner of Rolly’s in Winston-Salem. “These are more for decoration and not so much for stimulation.”
Vore says she is also has more customers asking for furniture made in the USA. And despite the warnings about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the majority of the customers are still buying bumpers for cribs.
Practical is the new cool
Savvy shoppers don’t want to redo the nursery every couple of years. According to Vore, they’ll buy an entire collection, even if the baby is still too young for the furniture. For instance, the customer will buy the crib and changing table, but also purchase another dresser, a mirror and some nightstands for when the child transitions to a bed. Or they’ll elect to use a multi-purpose piece of furniture, such as the dresser/changing table combination.
“Utility is the big request today,” said Lackey. “Headboards are bookcases and storage units. Footboards are desks and tack boards. Bed rails have clothes storage or pull out trundles for that unexpected guest.”
And just like your room, go ahead and reserve some space for the flat screen TV.
“Technology has also changed the furniture choices as well, with every room needing space for flat screen TVs, not to mention, charging stations for all of those ‘smart’ accessories,” says Lackey.
Shannon Koontz is the associate editor/web editor of Piedmont Parent.