Designing a master bedroom can be challenging, but when that room is also the nursery, the challenge becomes even greater. Not only does finding space for the crib become a priority, but so too does the issue of privacy. The ideas below help address both issues so that you and baby can both sleep comfortably and soundly in the room that you share.
SOOTHING WALL COLOURS
Before moving the crib into the master bedroom, think about the wall colors. If you have a bright, bold master bedroom color scheme, you may want to think about toning it down. By using a softer palette and lighter tones, you create a space that is both soothing and inviting. Lighter colors also give the illusion of having more space. If pastels are not to your liking, a pale grey or warm tan would also work well. The key is to pick a color that will coordinate with your own master bedroom decor and the baby’s crib bedding.
When you are considering where to place the baby’s crib in the master bedroom, space issues become apparent. Unless your master bedroom is huge, there is probably going to need to be some furniture rearranging. Keep in mind that it is safest for the crib to be placed away from windows and doors. If there is an interior wall with ample space for the crib, consider rearranging furniture so that it can go there. Ideally, the spot for the crib will be a quiet area with little foot traffic. You may also want to consider placing it next to a large, comfortable chair if there is space in the room for both. Locating it near the side of the bed where the parent who will be getting up at night sleeps is also a good idea.
Privacy can be a big factor when it comes to having the crib in the master bedroom. While your baby will not understand your change of clothing and other bedroom activities, it is helpful to have some sort of privacy curtain available. Not only will this block some of the light and sound in the room so that baby sleeps better, but it will also give the parents more privacy as they go about their nightly routines. Consider installing a curtain track about two feet out from around the crib and hanging a sheer curtain from it. This will give you some privacy, while also making it easy to still see the infant and address her needs.
Whether the nursery is in the bedroom because of space constraints in the house, or because that is where the parents feel most comfortable having the baby during the early months, there are ways to make it work. Take into consideration the needs of both the parents and the child when designing and organizing the space. The temporary arrangement of having the nursery in the master bedroom can easily be a blessing to the entire family, as everyone can sleep more soundly knowing that baby is safe.