You don’t get many chances in life to decorate a room with rainbows and unicorns—when you do, take it! Yes, a baby’s room should be soothing and calm both for the child and the parents. Mom and Dad are going to spend a lot of time in there feeding, rocking and changing the little one; you don’t want to feel like you’re stepping into a circus ring each time you open the door. But with a bit of finesse you can pull off a lively theme like rainbows and unicorns and still provide your baby with the calming environment she deserves. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Unicorn Nursery Painting - Elin B (Flickr)"][/caption]
The Effect of ColorWarm colors (yellow, orange and red) tend to increase activity in an infant, while cool colors (blue, green and violet) have a soothing effect, according to Thinkquest. With this in mind, it’s easy to see that a colorful collection of rainbows and unicorns could easily create a too-bright, too-busy environment for you and your baby to relax in. But that's where a little editing comes in. Choose one item, such as a blanket or a piece of art, and base the nursery’s color scheme on that one piece. For example, you might select a rainbow wall decal as a focal point and plan the color palette based on the decal. Soothing (cool) light green on the walls will make a calm background for little pops of rainbow color here and there.
Keep it SafeNot even rainbows and unicorns are sweet enough to make up for a nursery that’s unsafe. Keep the most precious room in your home the safest one, too:
- Install a smoke detector near or in the nursery, and check it often
- Use plug protectors to keep little fingers out of electrical outlets
- Keep window-treatment cords out of baby’s reach
- Never position the playpen or crib next to the window
- Install window guards to prevent falls