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How to Design a Nursery that Will Grow with Your Child

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Before you embark on the exciting task of decorating your baby’s nursery, you may want to fast forward the clock a few years. One day your newborn will grow into a preschooler who, like it or not, will inevitably have tastes and opinions of his or her own. So unless you want to chuck everything and start from scratch, you may want to consider designing an “age neutral” nursery.  Not only will this prevent some unwanted debates between you and a young opinionated child, but it can also save you a little money.

Here are 8 ways to design a nursery that will grow with your child:

1.  When choosing a color palette, think beyond the traditional baby pink and baby blue. Bright colors like turquoise, lime green, and tangerine are fun for babies, yet sophisticated enough to suit an older child.

2.  Or, think about combining traditional baby colors with more mature hues, such as gray or taupe. Yellow & gray and blue & khaki nurseries are gorgeous yet more sophisticated.

3.  If you’re designing your nursery for the long haul, definitely opt for paint rather than wallpaper. Painted walls can be easily re-painted but it’s difficult to remove old wallpaper.  As far as color, neutral colors are more timeless. Cream, white, taupe and beige all work well as backdrops to any room, allowing you to introduce other colors through bedding and room décor that can be easily swapped out later.

4.  Consider using eco-friendly wall décor on your wall to form cute and stylish designs.  Check out these lines of wall art and wall graphics.  So much easier and more flexible than wallpaper or decorative borders, wall art is easy to remove when your 6 year old starts to object to the cute little fish swimming around his room because he wants skateboards instead.

5.  Use inexpensive decorative pillows, curtains and rugs that you can easily replace with pieces reflecting your child’s tastes as she grows. Just make sure not to put the pillows in the baby’s crib.

6.  Buy convertible furniture or pieces that can be used differently as your child grows. For instance, a dresser can double as a changing table by simply adding a 4-sided foam changing pad found at any baby store. And, the rising popularity of cribs that convert to twin beds make it easier than ever before to find a style, and price point, that suits you. And make sure to purchase full-sized furniture instead of miniature versions often sold for nurseries.

7.  Use bulletin boards to display your toddler’s drawings while he’s young and his favorite posters as he gets older. This will also prevent holes in the walls.

8.  Forgo themes and go with more sophisticated crib bedding.  Carousel Designs offers several gorgeous, age-neutral bedding designs that combine sophisticated fabrics and textures and will stand the test of time. And because we sell all of our fabrics by the yard, you can have additional items made to customize your baby’s room now, and later and she grows!

Readers, are there any tricks to designing an “age-neutral” nursery that you’ve discovered?

14″ or 20″ Crib Skirt – What’s the Difference?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Many of our customers have questions on how to choose a crib skirt length. You’ll notice that for every crib collection Carousel Designs offers two sizes of crib skirts: 14” and 20.” What’s the difference?

Cribs are designed with different height settings for the mattress to fit the needs of growing babies. So when your baby is brand new, you’ll most likely use the highest crib setting. This means that you can reach into the crib and easily pick up your sweet bundle of love. However, as babies grow and begin to stand and climb, the mattress setting needs to be lowered to accommodate the growth of your little one and ensure that your baby is safe.

As a result, the space under the mattress will change. So which size is right for you? Well, the 20” skirt is designed for when the crib mattress is at the highest setting. The 14” crib skirt is designed for the lower settings. Some of our customers purchase both sizes so they will be ready for all growth stages.

However, it really depends on the look you want to achieve. Do you want the crib skirt to ‘sweep’ the floor, or do you prefer a bit of space between the bottom of the crib skirt and the nursery floor? Your answer will help to determine if you want the 14”, 20”, or both!

For me, it helps when I can see an example. Why not browse through our crib bedding collections to get an idea of what look you want. Then you can play around with the Nursery Designer to see what the different lengths look like.

Nursery Designer

When you are viewing the Nursery Designer, simply select the Bedding Options button under the photo area and select the Skirt tab. You can select 14” or 20”. You can even change the trim options. If you like, you can add a trim and accent to your crib skirt(s).

Crib Skirt Options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is such an exciting time for you and your family. You deserve to have some fun choosing all the pieces for you baby’s crib bedding – including the skirt!

We want you to have fun and feel comfortable about your purchases. If you still have questions about choosing your crib skirt, or anything else, please give us a call. We look forward to assisting you!