Baby’s room should be pleas­ing to mom, too

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

Dear Deb­bie: We are ex­pect­ing our long-awaited first child in Septem­ber. My hus­band and I are both in the theatre, and our home decor is bold and full of spirit. We don’t fancy a pretty, pas­tel nurs­ery. Have you ever dec­o­rated a baby’s room with dark walls? Thanks for your inspiration.

— Ra­mona

Dear Ra­mona: I have al­ways thought a nurs­ery should be dec­o­rated as much for the mom as for the child. You can go bold, or per­haps think of it as un­con­ven­tional, and still have a calm and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment, which is the goal for your baby’s first room. It’s easy to add char­ac­ter with paint as seen in this mod­ern nurs­ery set­ting. The warm co­coa brown might be too strong for the en­tire room, but by paint­ing a creamy white dado (lower wall), the im­pres­sion is not so heavy. Be ad­ven­tur­ous with fur­ni­ture; paint up a chest of draw­ers in happy colours. Look for brightly patterned baby quilts and car­toon art to hang on the walls. And don’t for­get a comfy rocking chair for mid­night feed­ings.

I’m sure your theatre back­ground will spark many imag­i­na­tive com­bi­na­tions of colour and de­sign. And when the time is right for the next stage, it’s only paint and can be changed in a few hours. Thanks for your let­ter, and en­joy this spe­cial time, it goes very quickly.

Dear Deb­bie: We have a Brazil­ian cherry wood floor. The ceil­ing and one long 23-foot wall are cedar. The other walls are painted pale peachy pink. Base­boards run along both the painted and wood walls. What colour should they be? With thanks,

— Vic­to­ria

Dear Vic­to­ria: This is a good ques­tion. You are work­ing with two types of wood plus painted wall sur­faces and you want to avoid pro­duc­ing a choppy de­sign. There are two op­tions that will suit your space. You can choose a base- board that matches your floor and run it around the whole room, both cedar and painted walls. How­ever, there is a lot of wood in place, so I sug­gest you paint the base­board un­der the painted walls white. It will really lift the room and keep it fresh. Leave the cedar wall base­board nat­u­ral; it’s your fo­cal wall, and will look best un­bro­ken.

Dear Deb­bie: The stain­less steel is­land coun­ter­top in our kitchen has nu­mer­ous scratches on it; they aren’t deep, but they are all over the is­land. Is there a way to have them buffed out, or do I have to re­place the top?

— Karla

Dear Karla: Stain­less steel coun­ter­tops have long been used in com­mer­cial set­tings such as res­tau­rant kitchens and a few years ago they made the move to res­i­den­tial kitchens. They are easy to clean (wipe with damp cloth and mild soap, and then wipe dry), they can with­stand hot pots and don’t stain. How­ever, as you have dis­cov­ered, over time they will scratch. You can rub mi­nor scratches gen­tly with a ny­lon scour­ing pad. These scratches tend to di­min­ish over time and be­come part of the metal’s nat­u­ral patina.

Warm brown walls cre­ate a serene mood in baby’s first bed­room.

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