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Six quick tips on balancing fashion and function in the nursery.
From selecting the perfect paint hue to choosing the ideal texture for a rug, “nesting” can be a daunting task for expecting parents. In order to help bring ease to mom and dad’s shopping experience, retailers must stay up-to-date on the tips and trends of today’s most fashionable and functional nursery décor.
According to Australian designer Kristy Withers, mom of two and founder of Incy Interiors, the nursery and children’s room can make for a really fun space to decorate. The key to success is simply finding a balance: “It’s an opportunity to create an area that you know will be peaceful and calming for baby and complementary to the balance of the home,” Withers explains. “Then, on the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to really bring the colors of childhood to life and throw in punches of shades and different fabrication.”
Mark Zeller, Senior Vice President of Fisher-Price, also weighed in on the importance of personal expression in the nursery, particularly in reference to Millennials: “Millennial parents-to-be see their baby purchases as a reflection of their personal style,” Zeller notes. “Mom wants to love it – after all she’s bringing it into her home alongside any other home furnishings. It’s got to mirror the beautiful aesthetics within her home met with functional, chic design.”
Wondering how to strike that perfect balance between fashion and function? Check out these six tips for designing a well-balanced and welcoming space for baby.
“Design a nursery that works with a high-contrast color palette,” American Designer Jonathan Adler advises, noting his current creative collaboration with Fisher-Price. “The experts at Fisher-Price say that babies are attracted to those high-contrast colors and black and white is an ‘always combination.’ It’s graphic, it’s bold, and it works seamlessly with any décor.”
Parents always want to instill good habits in their kids, and the best time to start that is when they’re young. According to Withers, parents can encourage reading by introducing a beautiful bookcase to the nursery—a healthy staple and timeless feature in any bedroom design.