By Barbara Pronin, RISMedia Columnist
If your spare room or study is destined to become baby’s room soon, you may want to consider some of the latest trends in nursery design, where fashions change as frequently as in any other room of the house.
From major baby furniture and design professionals, here are the top ten new trends:
The old and the new – Some designers are mixing it up by setting a sleek, modern crib between two ornate period chairs spray–painted to match – or making an antique cradle the centerpiece in an ultra-contemporary setting.
Ditch the area rugs – Consider soft, vibrantly colored peel-and-stick floor tiles, which may be cleaned with a damp sponge and/or replaced as needed. Choose a single color or do something fun with alternating squares or patterns.
Try faux leather – One designer recommends gluing faux leather, available in many colors and patterns, on the sides of old baby furniture or even on the walls for a washable, practical designer look.
A second place to sleep – Practical designers are putting a crib and a bed in baby’s room. The bed is great for a visiting Grandma or a Mom who needs to crash in baby’s room once in a while. Later, simply remove the crib and your toddler is good to go.
Scrap the pastels – For a sleek look, use a dark wood crib with crisp white linens and matching dark wood furniture, some of which may be converted for later use.
Think orange – At least one designer has ditched pale pink or blue walls in favor of citrus-y, gender-neutral orange – with accents and furniture in white, grey, or aqua for a sweet, sophisticated look.
Comfy armchairs – Many Moms are ditching the rocker or glider for a plush, comfy armchair that will “grow” with the child – and be a favorite spot for story-reading.
Use real art – Hip designers are choosing real artwork – selected serigraphs, watercolors, even inexpensive originals instead of traditional A-B-C or baby animal wall décor. Or use kid-friendly maps and charts.
Bold light fixtures – Mobiles should not be the only thing baby can stare at. Choose bold, colorful or shiny Lucite light fixtures to add accent and interest.
Garden shop – Earthy designers are choosing white walls and furniture accented with bright garden colors and patterns – like blooming plants painted on the walls and flowery designs in pillows, curtains, and rugs.