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Safe, Smart, and Stylish Nurseries

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Last updated on July 19th, 2019

From the moment you learn you are having a baby, it is difficult to think of anything else. From choosing a name to picking out the birth announcement, your mind races with the excitement and the preparations. At the top of the to-do list is setting up the nursery, and we’ve outlined some helpful safety tips and smart, stylish design ideas to keep in mind as you prepare a beautiful space for your new arrival.

Nursery with light, beige color scheme
Solano at Altair, Bianca model home in Irvine, CA

 

Safety First

Safety may not be the most enjoyable part of decorating a nursery, but it is the most important. The following list of safety considerations is a helpful place to start, while a more detailed checklist is available on thespruce.com.

The Crib

If you’re thinking about using a second-hand crib, make sure it was manufactured after 2011 and doesn’t have drop sides. A new crib should be purchased if the crib doesn’t meet current safety standards.

Hanging Items

Never hang anything heavy on the wall above your baby’s crib, including shelves, mirrors, or artwork. It is better to use lightweight décor throughout your nursery to avoid any injuries from items falling, especially once your child starts crawling. Any crib mobile needs to be hung from a string no longer than seven inches and removed once he or she is able to pull themselves up. 

Paint

To protect your baby from harmful chemicals, use a water-based, lead-free, zero VOC paint, like Harmony from Sherwin Williams. This paint also incorporates anti-microbial technology to prevent mildew and mold growth in addition to formaldehyde-reducing benefits that offset VOC emission from other items in the nursery.

Furniture

Secure all tall furniture, including the changing table, to the wall with anchor straps to prevent them from tipping over or being pulled over when your child becomes mobile. 

Windows

Keep the crib and all furniture away from windows and consider installing window guards or stoppers, which not only keep your child safe, but help keep your home more secure.

Baby's room highlighted by light, geometrically painted walls.
Villages at Chester Springs, Colman model home in Chester Springs, PA

Smart and Stylish Nursery

The first step in designing your nursery is to determine the best location. Preferably, it should be close to your room and, based on recent studiesinclude as much natural light as possible. Once you’ve determined where to put the nursery, the fun begins. You’ll find numerous decorating ideas in magazines and on the Internet. Create a Pinterest board of your favorites or print them out and pin them on a corkboard. 

Dual cribs with decorative canopy display
Toll Brothers at Whitewing, Cholla model home in Gilbert, AZ

 

Pastel Alternatives

If you’re looking to depart from pastel colors, consider a neutral like this timeless Sherwin Williams Serious Gray SW6256 that provides a more mature look as your baby grows. Use of non-traditional furniture, like these blue-velvet rockers and modern hanging lights create a space you will love as well. 

You can learn plenty more about color options for your little one’s room in Color Psychology Leads to Smart Nursery Paint Choices.

space with gray color scheme and natural lighting.
Alara at Altair, Ariel model home in Irvine, CA

 

Impactful Ceilings

Studies show that infants respond positively to contrasting colors and patterns. And what better place to provide visual stimulation than on the ceiling of your baby’s nursery.

Nursery featuring spectacular two-toned ceiling and pendant lighting fixture.
Fenton’s Corner, Swarthmore model home in Doylestown, PA

 

Transformational Furniture

Get the most from your furniture purchase with a crib that can transition into a toddler’s bed. And choosing a theme that works as your child grows creates a space that your child is sure to enjoy for years. 

Nursery featuring crib that transitions into toddler bed.
The Villages at Lenah Mill, Parker model home in Aldie, VA

 

Sophisticated Nursery

The soft colors and patterns of this nursery show how pastels can be used to create a sophisticated yet charming space. It also exemplifies the role a beautiful area rug can play in bringing the décor together. Some furry friends and a pint-size rocking chair give the room a playful, kid-friendly feel.   

Sophisticated space with crib
Reserve at Makefield, Harding model home in Newtown, PA

 

The design of a nursery is as much about you as it is your newborn, since it is a place you will be spending a lot of time together. If you create a space that brings you joy and comfort, your baby is sure to love it as well. For more nursery and bedroom ideas, visit Toll Brothers Children Rooms Pinterest board.

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