Last week, we started this three-part series on nursery remodel projects, with the first installment being about how to be creative when you’ve got a $500+ budget. Creativity is essential when you’ve got a budget like that. But, as we’ve discovered, creativity is ideally a driving force for this kind of project anyway just because it’s about creating a space that expresses something of your own values. After all, a nursery is about inviting a new loved one into your world.
That person isn’t going to be able to dissect all the details, of course – at least not right away. But, as we’ve also discussed, nursery remodeling projects are really an extension of something pretty primal – our nesting instincts. So, how does that translate when we’ve got a budget that is a bit bigger?
Take a look at one possible direction we could take with a project like this in this second of three parts on nursery remodels.
Balancing design with practicality
One thing that an expanded budget does is to allow you to add a bit of practicality to a room where you’re going to see a lot of action. So, the room should support the kinds of activities that you’re going to be undertaking while you’re in it. As a dad, here’s what I mean, specifially; lots of pacing, holding baby, and (even if you’re not musically gifted) singing to baby at a time in the morning when you may never have been awake and sober at the same time. Since you’re going to be doing a lot of pacing, your flooring is important.
A surface like a laminate floor, with a high-quality cork underlay or acoustical underlay to dampen the sound of footfalls is what’s suggested above. It’s a good suggestion, just because laminate flooring looks great, and is designed to stand up to spills, and to abrasion. Come to think of it, cork flooring, vinyl flooring, and rubber flooring are great alternatives too, all of which are designed to be installed easily and with minimal mess. And cork and rubber floors absorb impact, which means that when you are pacing a lot with a crying child in your arms, it’s easier on your feet.
Creating visual and practical zones
Notice also that the above nursery has a generously proportioned area rug. This supports some of the same activities as well, when baby begins to crawl for instance, through the jungle tunnel, and onto the soft, springy rug that also serves a design function by visually zoning the room. Changes in texture from the smooth laminate surface to the rug also contributes to the subtleties of how you’ll experience movement in the space. Subtleties count. This adds to the design value of the space as much as it does to the practical questions.
Friendly, restful spaces
Since subtleties really do count, the emotional impact of the space is monumentally important, largely delivered by your choice in color scheme. Starting with the basics, a friendly yellow that’s balanced off by a warm orange is a popular color scheme. This is not only a great solution for those looking to create a gender-neutral room, but it also helps to hold the cheeriness of yellow in check against a more restrained color. The result is a space that’s friendly and welcoming, but doesn’t demand that everyone be in party mode all the time. It allows for restfulness too.
When you’ve got an infant, restfulness is very, very important!
What’s your take?
What other kinds of visual and textural variety can be added to a nursery to help support activities there?
What kinds of surfaces help to balance look and practicality?
What other color schemes help to deliver that friendly yet restful vibe?
Tell me about your own projects in the comments section!