If part of your plans for your new home include adding a family member, you’ve probably already begun thinking about which room will be the nursery! We were curious about how other parents are designing and decorating their babies’ rooms, so we’ve turned to the experts for the 2017 trends and some safety tips.
From pastels to earthy, muted colors
Your color scheme will be the basis of every design element in your nursery, so choose you paint color carefully. Last year’s Pantone’s Colors of the Year, Serenity and Rose Quartz, led to a slew of nurseries in peachy pink and lavender-blue. Pastels are still popular for 2017, but soft, earthy tones – like beige, turquoise, olive, and terracotta – are also being introduced.
This year, Pantone chose “Greenery” as its Color of the Year for 2017. This green is best suited to “a vibrant pop of color to increase the interest of the room” rather than as a wall color, suggests Belivin’Design. They go on to caution that “if you want your kids to fall asleep at some point … don’t get carried away with it.”
The crib as a design statement
Typically roomy with asymmetric lines, these cribs are made of modern materials like acrylic (easy to clean!). Many have amazing canopies, and even though matching furniture in the nursery was declared passé in 2016, you can find armoires, chairs, and other pieces that match your modern crib.
Your baby will be affected by toxic compounds quicker than older children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He or she will start life confined to your arms or the crib, but in time, your new addition will be crawling and exploring the entire nursery. And, as you know, whatever they pick up usually ends up in their mouths.
When you’re choosing paint, consider low-VOC (short for volatile organic compound) paints. “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are emitted by different gases and solids such as paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings,” according to the experts at Home Depot. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that some organic pollutant concentrations can be two to five times higher inside our homes than outside. A low- or zero-VOC paint will help maintain healthy indoor air in your nursery.
Carpets also emit toxicants in the home, especially newly laid synthetic carpets. Known as “off-gassing,” the largest release occurs within the first 72 hours after the carpet is laid. But, low levels will continue to off-gas for up to five years, according to best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola. “The ‘new carpet’ aroma is the odor of 4-PC off-gassing, which is an eye and respiratory-tract irritant that may also affect the central nervous system. The adhesive used to affix the carpet to the floor typically contains benzene and toluene, some of the most harmful VOCs,” he cautions.
The easiest way to avoid this off-gassing? Forgo carpet and install tile, hardwood or laminate flooring. Scatter floor rugs to keep your child warm while he or she explores.
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