Setting up a nursery for a baby girl can be a lot of fun. The market is full of options, with gorgeous patterns and beautiful details.I know when I was looking, there were a few things I wished were made for queen sized bedding! Some of it is cute, some of it is outright adorable, and some of it… well, some of it is a bit much, isn’t it? Bedding with mixed patterns, animals, birds, ruffles, AND flowers (and that was just the top selection at one nursery retailer)? It’s dizzying and almost physically painful to look at. The problem is that there’s too much. Too many details, too many options.With so many choices, it is easy to get overwhelmed and desperate. Here are some guidelines to keep you from drowning in pink, bows, and ruffles:
- Pick a very specific theme. Your theme will stand out more when there arefewer distractions from other items in the room that are competing for your visual attention. Instead of thinking flowers and then having EVERYTHING covered in various sizes, shapes, and colors of flowers (because maybe your set didn’t come with curtains, say, or you want to add some prints or a decal to the walls), pick one type of flower. Say you decide on cherry blossoms, and have a medium stain on furniture (symbolizing the wood from the trees) and then have cherry blossom sheets. Maybe go with a solid color when choosing a glider, or try pink and brown striped curtains.
- Think Beyond the Pink. There are plenty of other options. And, no, I’m not just talking about purple. There are some really beautiful global bazaar type themes out there right now, with rich golds and reds. I also love the idea of a garden nursery theme, which does not have to be exclusively pink—you can have mainly greens and the flower colors of your choosing—yellows, oranges, blues, purples—any kind of flower you love, stenciled on the wall with a white picket fence design. There’s also some great black-and-white options now, with no pink in sight. And what’s more feminine than white lace?
- Don’t Go Outside Your Comfort Zone. If your whole family is big on sports or if the thought of cutesy bows makes you feel ill, there’s no reason to make baby girl’s room saccharine sweet. I would never discourage anyone from going cute and girlie.However, if that’s not what you like, don’t bother. You are going to be in the room almost as much as Baby, so choose a design that reflects the personality of your family. Go with what appeals to you. What do you want to see around the room while trying to comfort a crying baby at 3 in the morning? If it isn’t puffy hearts, then don’t buy them. Remember, there is no right or wrong here. If you find a set that has artwork from your favorite childhood story, so what if it doesn’t scream, “BABY GIRL!” It represents something you cherish and want to share with your child. What could be more appropriate than that? Your little girl isn’t going to be in therapy years from now crying that her nursery had a caterpillar instead of the ladybugs she really
Take your time to choose something that resonates with you.Don’t feel obligated to fill your child’s room with pink flowers and ruffled fabrics if that is not what appeals to you. Enjoy this time because it may be the last time you have any say in what’s on her bed or on her walls!