Posts Tagged ‘nursery design’

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?

Window Treatments for your Nursery

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Baby is on the way, and it’s time to get serious about decorating your nursery. After all, first impressions matter, and you don’t want your newborn’s first memory to be “oh my, this woman has no fashion sense.”  But it could take you several years of studying and thousands of dollars to get a design degree … or will it?

Rest easy, because Carousel Designs is here to help you easily transform that nursery into a showplace that any 8 day-old child would be proud of … and it all starts with the windows.  But how do you create a nursery that has windows that are both practical and attractive?

It’s simple: dress up those windows with drapes, valances, or both. Drapes can be used to block light and sound, heat and cold … valances can hide unsightly hardware. And both are also extraordinarily decorative and add enormous personality to a room. Let’s fast track you on your advanced degree in nursery design:

Nursery Design 101 – Valances

Valances are the fabric coverings that are utilized as frames for the windows and can cover the curtain rod. They give the windows a touch of elegance or softness, especially if used alone.

The use of valances without any curtains or drapes can make a small room look bigger, airy and open.  The use of valances with drapes can give a more dramatic look or bold statement, enhancing the look of the drapes.

We offer two types of valances:

1. Tab-top valances. Tab-top valances have tabs hanging from the curtain rod, usually in a contrasting/coordinating color.  This type of valance is perfect if you have a decorative rod that you do not want to cover. Tab-top valances measure approximately 64″ wide, with a 16″ drop.



2. Window Valance with Accent Trim (aka balloon valance). This type of valance covers the rod, and typically the fabric for the rod pocket is a different, but coordinating fabric from the rest of the valance. It can drape straight down or be stuffed to give the balloon effect. These valances measure approximately 84″ wide, with an 18″ drop.

Nursery Design 201 – Drapes

Our coordinating drapes are a perfect way to finish off your nursery. And if deciding between valances or drapes or both wasn’t enough, you also have several options when it comes to drapes.

  • Tie top or hidden tab. Tie top has ties that tie at the top like this.  Hidden tab have a rod pocket like this.
  • Length.  We offer drapes in three different lengths: 64″, 84″, and 96″.
  • Width.  You can then choose if they would like the panel width to be 25.5″ or 42″.

Not sure?  This article offers great insight into how to hang drapes to make your room and windows look larger.

  • Lining. We also offer a standard cotton liner or blackout liner to go with your drapes.  Blackout liners block the harsh sunlight during naptime and will not pose any kind of danger to your child. Whether or not you need these liners depends on the way the room faces (sun beaming in early or mid afternoon), and also on the child (some children can sleep through anything, others need noise machines, blackout liners, etc).

Okay, play the graduation march. You now have your advanced degree in nursery design. Check out our Nursery Designer to customize your crib bedding and show us the inner designer in you!