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Choosing Artwork is so important when planning a nursery

Who would have thought that a simple wee could mean so much? Congratulations, are in order if you have just found out that you are expecting a beautiful baby. You must have a million thoughts racing through your head. I know I wondered, will it be a boy or a girl, will my baby look like me and how much longer should I work, just to name a few.

This news also brings with it the exciting job of planning your nursery. Don’t underestimate this important task, after all everyone who comes to your home to visit your new arrival will want to see the nursery you have created, and they are bound to coo over both your newborn as well as your interior design skills.

Choosing a nursery theme can be both exciting and frustrating though. Although you have probably been absorbing the pictures in Instagram and Pinterest as though they were the last cocktail on a Hawaiian holiday, the thousands of ideas can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.

Selecting the perfect theme for your baby’s room may seem difficult, however, one thing is clear, choose a theme you love. To begin, select a focal point, focusing on colour, or draw inspiration from your personal interests. Many interior designers say that the first thing you should decide on is, in fact, the wall art. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use that piece or pieces as the inspiration for your room’s eventual colour palette.

Your first step is to pick out two or three shades from the wall art that you’d like to incorporate into your decor. Choose the dominant colour, as well as a few additional shades that you’d like to pull out as accents. Then, look for those colours in the items you use to decorate your space. But any old picture will not do as when hanging wall art you must also consider these 4 top tips so that everything looks in proportion.

  1. Ensure you get the correct placement and sized artwork! Even the most stunning piece of artwork will be lost if it is not a perfect fit for the wall/room size. A clever idea to keep in mind here is that the centre of your piece should hang about eye level, which is between 1.6 and 1.8m from the floor.
  2. If you have multiple frames in multiple sizes, cluster them together and determine the middle. That spot should be hung at 1.7m off the floor. 
  3. When hanging art prints above furniture (sofa/bed) always leave a 10-20cm space between the furniture and bottom end of the artwork.
  4. The artwork size should be about 2/3 the width of the furniture.

No matter whether you have decided on a removable decal (great when renting), something personalised, painted, printed or screened, don’t underestimate the important task of choosing the right piece of art for your baby’s brand new nursery, after all, it is likely that you will be spending quite a bit of time in there during those late night feeds.

Feature Blogger Tersia from Meraki Design Studio with Leisa Papa


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