For nearly a decade, Jay-Z and Beyonce have fought to keep their relationship private. Yet, their recent announcement of a baby on the way came as a shock when the icon showed off her baby bump during a live performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Now the couple is back in the news again for reportedly planning to build a 2,200 sqft nursery in their Tribeca apartment. To the average person 2,200 square feet is more than their entire apartment, but it seems the new parents will spare no luxury for their first child.
How would you decorate a 2,200 sqft apartment? What are some must have items for the space? In honor of the young Carter on the way, we wanted to provide a few decorating tips along with our favorite nursery home furnishings.
Tips to Decorating Your First Nursery
- Play Safe and Go Neutral – Even if you know the sex of your baby, go neutral with big furniture pieces like cribs, dressers and nightstands. You can always incorporate color through décor and accents pieces (think rocker, window treatments, bedding and wall décor), but can at least recycled the furniture for a future child, or someone else in need.
- Add Furniture for Overnight Stays – Let’s face it, a newborn baby is going to keep you up all night. Rather than commute back and forth between rooms, spend the night in the nursery. No need for a full size bed as a futon or compact sofa (with a pull-out bed) will do. Add an end table with a lamp and you have a new place to lay your head.Note: While rockers and gliding chairs are nice, they are not so comfy for long-term sleep.
- Always “Go Green” – A newborn baby does not have the same immune system as us, and as a result, are susceptible to sickness. When decorating a nursery, always go green with home décor and furnishings. Choose pain with no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), and materials made from organic or 100% cotton. Synthetic materials carry harmful chemicals that may be dangerous to your child.
Kid’s Room Decorating Articles
- How to Design a Nursery and Make it “Green”
- Nursery Design for the Budget Friendly
- Affordable Styling Solutions for the Kid’s Room
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