Use wall­pa­per to cre­ate bed­room am­bi­ence

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In th­ese cost-con­scious days, first-time par­ents may not be able to buy a larger house upon the birth of a lit­tle one. And a nurs­ery might have to ac­com­mo­date a home of­fice or a place for grandma to sleep while she’s in town. In­stead of paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing the room in a very gen­der-spe­cific, in­fan­tile style it could be wiser to ap­ply a more grown-up feel to a room per­form­ing dou­ble duty.

There are dozens of an­swers to this dilemma of com­bin­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate theme for the sand­box set with more typ­i­cal adult needs. Con­sider start­ing with your color se­lec­tion. This whim­si­cal pat­tern is part of the Peek-a-Boo col­lec­tion from York and is called “Gar­den But­ter­flies and Birds Mu­ral” and sells for un­der $200. For a fin­ished panel of 72-by120 inches, the rea­son­able cost is very at­trac­tive. While it is of­fered in three-color ways — white on laven­der, white on pink, white on grey — this color choice is the most adult friendly. In­tro­duce vi­brant color by way of the crib bed­ding or an area rug that can spice the room up when des­ig­nated for baby. Once the child has moved out, you could ei­ther re­move the 3-D bird­houses or leave them. Of­fice fur­ni­ture or adult bed­room fur­ni­ture could take the place of baby items.

This sort of gen­der-neu­tral ap­proach might also be use­ful in the grand­par­ent’s home where the home of­fice or guest room now might host a grand­child a few af­ter­noons a week. Of course you want to make the room baby friendly, but not so much so that a guest will feel like they are spend­ing the night with Bambi. Many grand­par­ents use a por­ta­ble crib that can easi- ly tuck away into a closet and out of sight, thus re­mov­ing the overt baby pres­ence in a room.

Re­gard­ing the use of paint, the most in­ex­pen­sive dec­o­rat­ing tool, se­lect a low VOC paint be­cause that’s best for baby. Col­ors such as aqua, sage green, sun­flower, salmon, tan or grey can be gen­der neu­tral when com­bined with other com­pli­men­tary color choices. This mu­ral is made from har­vested re­new­able re­sources and has no cad­mium or mer­cury. It is made with wa­ter based inks and coat­ings. Check into pee­land-stick de­sign mo­tifs as an­other way to add in­fant ap­pro­pri­ate dec­o­ra­tion that can be eas­ily re­moved.

Win­dow treat­ment does not have to be over­the-top ei­ther. A prac­ti­cal blind or shade that ei­ther matches the wall color or the trim is best for blend­ing. Avoid a frilly, su­per fem­i­nine cur­tain or a toy-driven theme for a lit­tle boy. Pleated hon­ey­comb shades are a great way to let in fil­tered light while block­ing out sun and keep­ing a room tran­quil.

An­other way to keep the room baby-friendly might be to in­tro­duce a kid-friendly area rug, shelves lined with stuffed an­i­mals that might later hold books, or por­ta­ble cub­bies that might hold toys and clothes. It is much eas­ier to move ac­ces­sories around when­ever you need the room to per­form in a more adult way than to try to dis­guise nurs­ery rhymes or ABCs on the walls.

Chris­tine Brun

Small Spa­ces

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