Congratulations! Whether you’re expecting a baby, or he/she is already here, you’ve come to the right place to light up your nursery. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a nursery. Without it, you couldn’t change diapers or read your little one his/her favourite nursery rhymes in the evening. We’ve come up with a list of guidelines for you to create your perfect nursery lighting design.
1. Safety First
Keep any lamps or lighting fixtures at a safe distance from the crib, changing station, and/or rocking chair. This means placing them far enough that the cord cannot be reached causing a choking hazard. Keep wall or hanging light fixtures high enough to be out of baby’s reach – they could be hot!
2. Ambient Lighting
One of three types of lighting for every room, ambient lighting is all about convenience. It provides a sufficient amount of light to see around the room. If you’re ever coming into the nursery with your hands full, all you have to do is hit the wall switch or dimmer to turn the lights on.
Choose an ambient light that isn’t too harsh, especially for the baby. Pendant or chandelier lighting fixtures are excellent for a nursery because they usually emit a softer light and are also very decorative. A fixture with a shade will help diffuse any harsh lighting. Homeowners have endless choices, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your home decor!
Babies are unpredictable. When they start getting sleepy, a nice dark room will help them rest. Unfortunately, in the daytime, windows are a big source of light. Purchase some opaque blinds and/or curtains to keep the sun out while baby is napping.
Another way to control lighting is with a dimmer switch. The dimmer will allow you to see around baby’s room in the wee hours of the night with a small amount of light.
Lamps are the ultimate task light. Floor, desk, or table lamp: you can move them closer or farther away in accordance with whatever task you’re doing. Maybe you want to read to your baby at the crib instead of at the chair. Lamps add light when ambient lighting isn’t enough. It’s a good idea to have at least one lamp in the nursery.
5. Sconce Lighting
Sconce lights are excellent for nurseries because they are cordless and can be placed at different points in the room. Placing them above the diaper changing station makes them amazing task lights. You also don’t have to worry about finding that pesky lamp switch when your hands are full!
6. Night Lights
Night lights help babies feel safe throughout the night because sometimes a pitch black room can be scary. They also help you peek in from the doorway and check on your bundle of joy. Night lights come in many forms; there are even some that emit stars or shapes all over the room.
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