If you’re expecting a baby, you must redesign your home in such a way that makes it safe and eco-friendly for them. And what better place to start than the nursery? After all, the nursery is where your newborn will spend the early years of their childhood.
Deciding a decor plan for the nursery can be challenging. But keep in mind that whatever decor plan you adopt must prioritize safety as much as it does aesthetics. Below, you’ll find 4 wall decor ideas for creating a safe, stylish, and eco-friendly nursery.
Add a decorative wallpaper
A vibrant wallpaper, especially when combined with a striking piece of art, can make a huge impression in your child’s nursery.
While most wallpapers have vinyl coatings, which can be toxic to your child’s health, there are still other wallpapers, made from natural fibers, that are safer and eco-friendly. Fortunately, these wallpapers come in a wide variety of patterns and colors.
There are no hard and fast rules for decorating a nursery with wallpapers. You could cover only one wall with wallpaper. Or, if you’re feeling bold and creative, you could cover all four walls and the ceiling with wallpaper.
Paint the walls
The right paint for your nursery is the one that not only improves the nursery’s visual appeal but also makes it a safe environment for your child to live and grow in.
Many traditional paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which pollute the air with toxins as the paint gradually dries.
If your house is coated in VOC paint, such as lead paint, try to seek expert advice on how to safely remove the paint. If it isn’t, then go ahead and coat your walls in a low- or zero-VOC paint of your preferred hue.
As a general rule of thumb, you should paint the nursery several weeks before the baby’s arrival. This way, the room will be free of odor and toxic fumes by the time the baby is ready to move in.
Bonus Tip: Even without VOCs, the air in the nursery can still be polluted by other harmful substances. Adding flowers to the floating shelves in the nursery will greatly improve the nursery’s visual appeal, as well as your child’s health.
Get creative with wall art
You could buy a few art pieces from a gallery and hang on the nursery’s walls. Or you could buy an empty frame, create your art, then hang it on the nursery’s walls. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re going to create your art, though—whether it’s a mural or a framed work of art—always ensure that you paint with eco-friendly paints that have little to no VOCs, for the reasons we shared earlier.
Bonus Tip: Try to infuse the color green in every decor piece you use. This will make the nursery look natural and feel eco-friendly.
Create a gallery wall
Just as your baby won’t stay a baby forever, your nursery also won’t stay a nursery forever. Therefore, before you start decorating, you want to plan a decor scheme that will still appeal to your child as they grow into a toddler, a preteen, and even a teen.
This, among other factors, is what makes gallery walls the perfect wall decoration for the kids’ room.
A nursery gallery wall doesn’t have to be as elaborate as the one in your living room. Sometimes, hanging two or three photos of (you and) your child on one or each wall in the nursery will suffice.
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