2017 Trends for Nursery Heavens
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If you’re planning to redecorate the nursery, there’s no reason why you should stick to the basics and tradition. Instead, explore the innovative and exciting ideas and designs that the year of 2017 is bringing. By creating stimulating surroundings for your children, you’ll contribute to their overall development. Therefore, jump into the rabbit hole and take a peek at the wonders of the interior design.
The Colours of Childhood
The principle “pink is for girls; blue is for boys” is long behind us, and new possibilities are ahead of us. When it comes to the 2017 trends, pastels and gentle hues will colour your child’s surroundings. The colour palette will include light grey, beige, pale turquoise, soft terracotta, which will create an atmosphere of softness and purity. However, in order to create a contrast, you can include details in more vibrant and darker colours, such as dark green, red, gold or orange.
Bringing Nature into Nursery
Teach your children to cherish nature and the environment by bringing natural life to them. You can do this by using natural materials such as wood that will enjoy enormous popularity among nursery designers, and by focusing on motifs inspired by nature. Nursery décor in 2017 will embrace natural wood, so think in terms of wooden cribs, shelves, toy boxes and floors. As regards nature-inspired motifs, you can include animal prints and botanical designs by using wallpapers, artwork or patterns.
Three Areas of Nature
The trends in 2017 will be nature-oriented, which will lead to reflecting natural life and different environments inside a nursery. With this in mind, three main areas have emerged as most popular ones in nursery décor: the Tropics, the Far North and British Wildlife.
- The Tropics – With even children’s movies embracing the tropical motifs, flamingos, cacti, beaches and pineapples will be happily greeted by your kids. The Tropics trend no longer refers solely to jungles; on the contrary, it’s closer to the Pacific and tropical colours, including warm yellow, bright pink, and bright teals.
- The Far North – This design focuses on mountains, penguins, reindeer and polar bears, and crafty details. All of this will be incorporated into patterns and decoration coloured in greys and blues and contrasted with the use of warm pinks.
- British Wildlife – Rabbits, owls, foxes and even insects will find their way into the nurseries bringing the colours, such as blues, greys, browns, and warm orange, with them.
A Comfortable and Stylish Crib for a Good Night’s Sleep
You can keep up with the 2017 nursery trends by opting for a statement crib or a cot. Vintage cribs will be replaced by modern and stylish ones where your kids will be happy to go to sleep. In addition, convertible cribs made from transparent acrylic will find a way into nurseries. You should move away from the traditional look of cribs, and go with more innovative and creative ones with carefully embellished canopies. When it comes to the rest of furniture items, the year of 2017 will bring a blend of modern, vintage and shabby chic styles for armchairs, toy boxes and wardrobes.
Being Closer to Your Children with Open-Floor Plans
The open-floor plan has enjoyed great popularity in interior design as a simple, but stylish and smart solution for small living areas. In 2017, this concept will be applied by joining nurseries and parents’ bedrooms or living rooms, thus enabling parents to keep an eye on their children. Additionally, mobile dividers will help you not to worry about being too loud while your little ones are asleep. You can opt for heavy curtains, screens or sliding doors to separate two areas when needed.
Encouraging Creativity by Being Creative
Find that children’s carefreeness and playfulness and express them in the nursery, which will encourage your children to do the same. Create interesting and inspiring wall murals, or transform the internal doors into artwork by painting on them or decorating them with beautiful decals. You can involve your children and create a family piece of art and some long-lasting memories.
By using creative ideas from the world of interior décor, you can design a nursery or a children’s room that your kids will love and that will encourage their creativity. With little effort and investment, you can create a little piece of heaven for your children.
Guest Post: Mackenzie Fox
You've probably heard of the many benefits of decluttering your home including the one that says clear your space, clear your mind. However, do not confuse organizing with decluttering because there is a very clear distinction between the two. The first and the biggest difference is that organizing brings order into your possessions while decluttering is all about keeping only what you really and truly need. Another difference is that even if you perfectly organize your home, remember that you are still a human and that things will get messy again. That's the thing.. With organizing, you simply have to keep up with it.
Did you know that an average 3-bedroom-house has over 300,000 items in it? How many of them do you use on a regular basis? And how many of them you haven't used at all in the last, let's say, a year? This is where decluttering is king. Not only are you going to gain more space by throwing out, recycling or donating things that you really don't need but you are also going to save money on unnecessary purchases, you won't have to clean as much, you'll sleep and eat better, you'll definitely have more free time and be more productive. In terms of money, decluttering is an inexpensive way to add value to your home because prospective buyers can see the true potential of your home only when it is well-organized and clean. Most importantly, decluttered home will give you a feeling of calm and is generally a healthier environment to live in.
The most importantly, there are the little members of your family that you definitely want to see healthy and happy – your children. Believe it or not, they stand to gain even more from decluttering. First and foremost, there is the health aspect. Clutter is a germ haven. There are also dust mites, mold and other allergens that just love clinging onto clutter and that can cause severe health problems. Not to mention that clutter is a fire hazard and can also lead to accidents (tripping, slipping and similar).
By decluttering your home, you are also going to set a good example for your children and you know that children always learn better by example than through words. Having them involved in cleaning can be a bonding experience, particularly if you are decluttering their rooms. Furthermore, they will learn about discipline and responsibility. You can also instil a love of charity work in your children by urging them to donate toys and clothes that they no longer play with or wear.
Just like adults, children can also be affected psychologically by excessive clutter. They might get frustrated by not being able to find their favorite toy or a book or having to go through a pile of laundry to get to their gym clothes. Children thrive in a stress-free environment and a decluttered home is definitely that. Clutter overwhelms their little minds with a lot of stimuli, both visual and tactile, which can take a psychological toll on them.
Getting rid of clutter will help them focus and have better mental clarity which is especially important if they are of school age. Not only that, you are going to inspire your children to live more simply, effectively and healthy. On surface, decluttering might look as an exercise in throwing things away but it is actually a learning experience. It teaches children how take better care of their stuff and how to enjoy it more. It is important that you do it together because they are bound to get distracted halfway through (they are children, after all), and the cleaning process will strengthen your relationship with them. Believe it or not, children will be content with fewer toys too. Not having a mountain of toys will stimulate their imagination and send their creativity into overdrive.
So, these are the essential benefits of decluttering your home that will hopefully get you going in the right direction. If you have been procrastinating with this difficult but such a beneficial process, remember that there is always someone who is looking up to you to show them how things are done in life – your children.
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The process of choosing and decorating the nursery room is a serious and challenging task for all new parents. With a new little one on the way, your house - as well as your life - is going to be turned upside down in many ways. Keeping your infants and toddlers safe and sound is a 24 hour duty. Your task is to ensure that your kid has enough freedom to be active, but at the same time, to protect them from any possible injury that might occur in your household. Here are some of the most important steps that will help you childproof the areas in your child’s room.
Priority number 1
While choosing the nursery, keep in mind the amount of light and noise, as well as fresh air. These are the priorities. The room should be in a quiet part of the house that gets enough - but not too much - direct sunlight. Too much direct sunlight is harmful to infants who are less than six months old. When windows are concerned, the best option is to have blinds or louvers as they are easily maintained and provide protection from both light and noise. Fabric curtains are not recommended as they quickly get dusty.
Electromagnetic fields generated from power lines are considered to have negative health effects, so it’s better to be precautious. The number of electrical appliances in your kid’s room should be limited and kept away from the crib as much as possible. Once your baby grows into a mobile toddler, you should keep them safe from temptation to stick various objects into outlets. Install electrical cord covers, as well as childproof outlet covers. A great idea is to arrange the furniture in a creative way so as to keep the outlets out of sight.
Keeping safety in toddler bedroom is way different from baby nursery. Keep this in mind so that you can apply all the necessary safety measures on time, i.e. before your baby starts moving around on all fours. You can’t really anticipate all the ways a toddler can get hurt. Remove the potential hazards and apply the following:
Set up the crib safely. The crib mattress should be lowered the moment your child can sit up. You should also move stuffed animals away from the crib because they can be used as a stepping stool for your kid to get out.
The crib or bed should not be positioned against a radiator or underneath a window or shelves, as a child can easily reach the things around the crib.
Make sure the bedding fits tightly to the bed. If there are any unnecessary blankets or stuffed animals, take them out as they can cause accidental suffocation.
Avoid open drawers and freestanding furniture. A child can use open drawers for climbing, so better have them closed. Apply childproof latches on lower drawers. Nowadays, you can find latches that require no tools and don’t damage the cabinets. The room should not contain any freestanding furniture as a child can easily get hurt once it starts exploring.
Don’t hang pictures and mirrors above the crib and bed.
All the toy boxes should have safety lids that can also be opened from the inside. You never know if your kid will consider the box as the best hiding place.
Secure door hinges. Young children are in a constant risk of hurting their fingers when the doors get slammed. There are finger pinch guards you can install in order to keep doors from closing all the way. Also, make sure the doorknobs don’t have locks.
How to deal with air pollution
Most of us think that only outside air is polluted. However, the level of indoor air pollution can be even higher than outdoors, the EPA estimates. Since children’s lungs are still in a developmental phase, polluted air can harm them more. Paints, cleansers, new carpets, dust, mold, pollen, tobacco smoke, etc. have a great impact on young bodies since they cannot deal with a lot of toxins. Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, headaches, nasal congestions, fatigue can be caused by indoor air pollution. Therefore, the nursery should contain small and quiet ceiling or window fans that don’t create drafts. You can also go for air purifiers since they can make a real difference in air quality and help your child sleep better. A child’s immune system regenerates during the night, so it’s of utmost importance that they sleep in a toxin-free bedroom. In addition, if you’re planning to bring in the new furniture, make sure you ventilate the children’s room thoroughly. Keep the indoor air fresh by opening the windows regularly.
Treat your kid’s room as a little kingdom ready to be explored. Make it safe, healthy and welcoming and enjoy exploring it together!
About The Author: Zoe Clark is a mom of one baby girl, DIY and home design enthusiast.
Since decor is her passion, she is always trying to use it for learning and playing with her daughter. You can find her on Twitter.
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Guest Post By Ryan Barlow
If you have any old storage pieces you want to use, refresh and upholster here you will learn how. Before upholstering the item you should provide suitable cleaning of it. Use the tips here to give new life to your old furniture pieces.
Whatever type of storage piece you have you should clean in thoroughly and well. First spray with all-purpose sprayer for bugs and leave it in any ventilated place for 24 hours or more. This way fleas, bed bugs, mites, etc. will be killed.
Now you should disinfect the pieces using a solution of water and vinegar or wet disinfecting wipes and aerosol sprays with disinfecting properties. Choose the proper disinfecting product, apply it and wipe with a rag.
Now that you have cleaned your furniture piece you can upholster it. The materials you will need are: measuring tape, a pencil, any fabric you decide to use, foam, batting, kits of covered buttons, iron, scissors, needle and thread or finishing line for upholstery, thimble, finishing nails, staple gun, 1/4” or 3/8” drill bit and drill.
First take measurements of the lid you decide to upholster to estimate the quantity of fabric you should use. Taking in mind its thickness add 2 more inches to your measurements. If you have 27 inches lid which is 1/2” thick you should use 30 inches long fabric.
Then, raise the lid so that you estimate where to put the buttons you will use for tufting. Make sure you place them even and use a measuring tape for the purpose. Make spots with a pencil. After that, make holes in the lid on the places of the pencil marks with a drill and a drill bit, fitted in it.
Now you should cut the fabric to the necessary size after which you should iron the fabric. Do the same with the batting and foam. Lay the foam and batting over the lid of the storage piece you will be upholstering. Then, put the fabric on the top of the foam and batting and use a staple gun to perforate them to the bottom of the furniture piece surface. Place a staple on each opposite side one by one and make sure to stretch the fabric. Repeat this for the rest 2 sides to ensure the fabric doesn't get puckered and is straight enough.
If you have patterned or striped fabric be careful with these steps. You probably don't want the stripes or patterns to look crooked or blurry. Repeat these steps for all 4 sides of the storage piece top you want to upholster.
Use additional fabric of the same type to cover the buttons you decide to use. Follow the instructions which are on its package.
Tie the end of the finishing line or upholstery thread to the upholstery needle. The other end tie to the finishing nail.
Tie the end of the thread to the needle and the other to the finishing nail. Your thread shouldn't return through the holes you drilled while sewing the buttons. To achieve this Call Upholstery Cleaners puts the nail through the the rear of the hole looping the thread above the nail. Repeat these steps several times and in the end tie the finishing nail to the thread. With a thimble pull the needles throughout the foam layer.
Spin the nail around to make the thread tightened and pull the button to the the depth you want it to be. This way you will have tufted looking upholstered furniture piece. Secure the nail ends to be on their places and don't unwind using a staple gun.
Add handles to the furniture piece if you prefer to make it look better and become more functional. After cleaning and upholstering your old storage pieces you can use them. Here you learned how to do this following the explained above steps. Don't forget to provide suitable cleaning of the upholstered and wooden part of the pieces.