Mis­takes to avoid when dec­o­rat­ing

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PER­MA­NENT FIX­TURES

Sim­i­larly, Goslett ad­vises home­own­ers not to get too cre­ative when con­sid­er­ing any of the per­ma­nent fix­tures of the room, such as the built-in cup­boards, floor­ing and ceil­ing. "There are plenty of ways to make a room feel cosy and kid-friendly with­out in­stalling polka dot car­pets or hav­ing the ceil­ings painted with the night sky. In fact, a busy ceil­ing might even stim­u­late a baby ly­ing on its back in its crib rather than lull it to sleep."

PAINT

"It can be tempt­ing to paint the whole room hot pink or bright blue, but the darker or brighter the shade of paint, the trick­ier it will be to re­paint in a more neutral shade with­out hav­ing the colour shine through," says Goslett. "Pale pas­tels, on the other hand, are play­ful enough to suit a nurs­ery but also neutral enough to al­low fu­ture buy­ers to en­vi­sion al­ter­na­tive uses for the space. As a bonus, re­search sug­gests that pale colours have a calm­ing, lulling ef­fect on the hu­man psy­che, which can aid rest­ful sleep."

FLOOR­ING

“Floor­ing is an­other thing par­ents should con­sider care­fully when dec­o­rat­ing their nurs­ery. Wooden and lam­i­nated floor­ing in bed­rooms are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly in newer de­vel­op­ments. But, while they are eas­ier to clean (which can be help­ful in a chil­drens’ bed­room), they are of­ten nois­ier than car­pets, which is less than ideal when you want to check in on a sleep­ing in­fant. Area rugs might be a great so­lu­tion to dampen the sound and si­mul­ta­ne­ously add a bit of play­ful­ness into the room, since these can be eas­ily re­placed if you need to sell or if your child out­grows it,” says Goslett.

“What many buy­ers tend to over­look when think­ing about a nurs­ery is the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of the space it­self. As much as it is pos­si­ble to trans­form any space into a nurs­ery superficially, not ev­ery prop­erty has a space that prac­ti­cally lends it­self well to hous­ing a sleep­ing in­fant. A pic­ture-per­fect nurs­ery that hap­pens to be against the wall of noisy neigh­bours or a busy part of the home, or is far re­moved from the main bed­room and the kitchen (keep­ing in mind you’ll need to wake up reg­u­larly for nightly feeds) will make par­ents’ lives mis­er­able for the first few years of their child’s life. In these in­stances, it is bet­ter to re­lo­cate than to re­dec­o­rate,” Goslett con­cludes.

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