If you've got a baby on the way and are thinking about interior decorating ideas to help settle them into your home, your first port of call should be your child's new room.
Before you start painting and decorating, take a look through these tips to get the bedroom ready for your newest addition.
Newborn babies are drawn to windows and natural light; however they can be startled by bright fluorescent lighting. It takes them a while to differentiate between colours, but they are often drawn to bright primary shades.
With that in mind, make sure your baby's room has a source of natural light that he or she can focus on. Big windows will also let in fresh air, which both babies and parents will appreciate!
It's believed that babies can see red before any other colour, so make sure you have some of this shade in your little one's new room. Painting the walls in the bright tone may be too overwhelming, so incorporate it in a rocking chair or changing table. Stick to soothing neutral shades on the walls to create a tranquil sleeping space.
You'll likely want your baby's room to be aesthetically pleasing, but it's important to equip it with practical furniture to make it a functional space for you and your wee one.
A rocking chair or easy chair is vital for nursing and watching over your child while he or she sleeps. Consider getting two of these if you suspect you and your partner will spend a lot of time in this room.
A change table is another essential item for this space, as you don't want to constantly be trekking to and from the bathroom with your bub in the middle of the night.