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Decorating your child’s room

One of the most thrilling activities on the journey to preparing for your baby is decorating the nursery. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the latest trends with colors, fabrics and themes. However, before you dive head first into picking out furniture, consider the energy given off by each color when putting it in the room. Do you ever wonder why you can walk into a room and feel soothed regardless of furniture placement? Or perhaps you try repeatedly moving the furniture in a room, but something just never feels right? The colors in the room may be your problem. Each individual color exudes a specific vibration or energy that contributes to the mood of the room.

When decorating your baby’s room, try to think beyond the stereotypical blues and pinks that accompany gender roles. Consider the feel and energy you want the nursery to have. For example, think of the color blue. Shades of blue are very calming and tranquil. Both girls and boys would benefit from having a space where they can relax and feel at ease. It may even help a fussy baby sleep better. Mixing softer shades of blues with pinks can produce a serene space for a baby girl that has a bit more of a feminine flare. The color pink has a feminine and loving energy that will add a friendly feel to the room.

A color combination to take into consideration if encouraging sleep is the goal is mixing together shades of blues and grays. Like we said before, blue has a tranquil energy, while gray works well to neutralize any negative energy. The result is a calming space that helps you forget your negative thoughts just by being in the room. If you are still totally against having blue in a girl’s room, a combination of gray and pink will also work very well. If it’s a boy for whom you’re decorating, gray walls with blue accents are neutral enough to withstand the years to come while still achieving the soothing and comfortable feel of the room for a newborn baby.

As your baby changes from newborn to infant to toddler, you want the room to evolve with him. By the toddler and preschool stage, you want to have colors that not only soothe your child, but also spark their imagination and encourage their rapidly increasing intellect. Yellow and green would be an excellent combination to use at this age. For boys, you might want to go with the primary versions of these colors, using yellow for the walls and green for the curtains, bedding and accessories, such as bookshelves and area rugs. In a girl’s room, try neutral beige walls with earthy tones of yellow and green in the window treatments and bedding. Green will provide a level of comfort with its healing energy while yellow ignites the intellect and aids in concentration. This will be key as your child continues to grow and learn. As many of us know, toddlers and preschoolers are like little sponges. They are continuously soaking up information all around them, though not always the information we may want. Reading, playing and learning while surrounded by yellow may help your child retain the information presented to them.

As children get older, they will want to show their independence by choosing the colors of their room. Colors to keep out of a space used for sleep, no matter how much they may beg, are red and orange. These colors exude such a stimulating energy that if sleep was accomplished in this room, it would not be the deep and rejuvenating sleep that’s needed. Red is a passionate color, and, even in the parents’ room, is not recommended due to its high energy level. Orange contains only one type of energy, stimulating. Reds and oranges are colors you would fit perfectly in a room that has a high activity level such as the kitchen. However, black is a color where you may want to bend a bit and give in. It is a color that can easily absorb and suck out negativity, leaving you feeling relatively stress free. Black sheets under colored blankets or a black comforter may be just what you need to achieve a great night of rest without using it as your primary color in the room.

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