Congratulations, you are 18 weeks pregnant and your due date is in November. Great! Now you finally able to spread your news to your family and friends — celebrate — and most importantly to start getting ready for your little one come to this world.
However, you have a rental place, and your landlord is pretty straightforward about changing its home decoration. What are you going to do? You have a choice of moving to a new apartment, but then not every landlord happy to have a baby in their home. Here are some tricks and tips to help you to design a nursery/kids room without changing too much.
Regardless of your baby’s gender, the best choice of the wall colour is to keep it the neutral theme.
If you want to keep the room white, Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favourite choice. It is a classic soft white, which has a touch of grey that mutes the colour nicely in resulting as on off-white and not stark white.
The second choice is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. It was their 2016 colour for the year and a pure neutral white which is perfect for any room. It doesn’t have an undertone so its appearance is greatly affected by lighting. Under warm lighting, it appears yellow; in cool lighting, it appears blue.
Finally, Snowbound by Sherwin Williams is a gorgeous timeless white, and it is the perfect pastel shade of white. Snowbound has more of a greige undertone, rather than beige tone. It appears a brighter white due to the cooler undertone. Currently, it is part of the West Elm Spring/Summer 2019 colour collection.
Bored of white? Why not try some grey. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl is one of my absolute favourite neutral paint colours, and it won’t go wrong, that’s for sure. This calming grey has blue-green undertones. It all depends on your lighting source or what you are pairing it with.
Horizon by Benjamin Moore is deliciously soft, it has very pale blue-grey undertone which creates a particularly restful environment in a bedroom. Depends on the room exposure, and its lighting, it can appear more of a grey tone vs blue tone.
Light French Grey by Sherwin Williams tends to have a cooler look to it. It can give off subtle hues, like blue, for example, with the different lighting sources. All these wall colour choices are great for your nursery room; all you need is to add some wall accent to wrap up the theme. It won’t go wrong, and your landlord will surely be happy.
Try some wall decals that will save you from punching some holes on the wall. Whether it is just a simple wording or an excellent theme story decals, or some crazy geometric decals, it is easy to apply and can remove at any time without damaging the wall.
I find these decals are the best to add as an accent wall, or some minor detailing to make it fun. These decals can be attached directly to the walls, window, screens, mirrors, etc. What good about wall decals is they are self-adhesive that makes it water and steam resistant and it is user-friendly with no particular prowess required. But do make sure you choose decals that are eco-friendly and non-toxic materials.
Of course, if you DO want to hang some wall arts or photos, then use the 3M removable wall tape. They hold firmly onto wood, tile, metal and painted surfaces when remove, it leaving behind no holes, marks, sticky residue or stains.
They are a fun way to add some wall accent. When your little one is little, it will just be a wall decoration. Once he/she becomes toddler or kids, these chalkboard decals can be written on, leave a message or draw some fun stuff. These chalkboard decals similar to regular wall decals, it is easy to apply and can remove it at any time.
If you realized you have a thin wall between your nursery room and your neighbour bedroom, acoustic panels are other excellent options for a wall accent. These panels come in a different form, colour and design, such as clouds, scale, etc. All you need is to make it FUN!
If your room already has a carpet on, I would do another layer of either no pile or ultra-thin area rug. From my experiences, the accident happens during feeding time or diaper change. Having an extra layer of a rug not only will avoid stained the original carpet, but also add some style in the room. If you have hardwood/wood or tiles flooring, having an area rug can soften the surface. Not only create a calming and cozy environment, later on, your little one can lay down or have his/her tummy time comfortably.
Choice of an Area Rug
When choosing an area rug, pile determine the softness and thickness of a rug. Make sure it made from the synthetic fibre nylon that is stain-resistant and durable. Carpet tiles like FLOR are another great choice when choosing an area rug. It offers the convenience of being able to clean and replace individual squares rather than the entire rug when staining occurs. Carpet tiles are made from renewable and recycled resources. It is washable and is environmentally friendly, and they are recyclable.
If you follow the above suggestions, after all, getting ready for a nursery room is simple and easy. Yes, there is a lot to prepare; just don’t panic. I had my baby last year and was overwhelmed. Luckily my landlord was the sweetest person we ever know, and he lets us do whatever we like. Somehow I realize not everyone as lucky as I am. So I decided to share my thoughts with you.
I wish future parent Good luck, and enjoy your little one. I can’t tell you how much stress I had before he was in my tummy. Now it is all clear.
May-Kan Chan | Interior Designer & Owner, CMod+ Interiors
May-Kan obtained an MFA in interior architecture and design from The Academy of Art University in San Fransisco. She creates innovative spaces that are cultivated, tasteful and functional. Her retail visual merchandising experiences have given her a strong passion for incorporating simple, clean lines with unexpected color palettes. May-Kan believes that a creative, well-planned space will enhance every individual’s unique personality and lifestyle needs.
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