Nursery Window Treatments
It’s a special and wonderful task to undertake—decorating the nursery. Whether it’s your first child or fourth, you want your baby’s room to be not only adorable but also welcoming, safe, comfortable and practical. One component of the décor is the window treatments. What should you consider when choosing window treatments for a nursery?
Shannon Scarrella is a Minneapolis window coverings expert, and she says that parents need to consider a number of factors when they’re picking out window treatments for a nursery, including function and safety.
“Parents should keep in mind where a child’s crib or bed is in relation to the window treatment,” says Scarrella. “If a crib or bed is next to the window, stay clear of cords. Think cordless, cordless, cordless!” As horrible a thought as it is, cords are strangulation hazards. Scary! The good news is that many window treatments have cordless options, including honeycomb and Roman shades.
You’ll also want to consider window treatments that will darken the nursery during those all-important nap times. Popular options include natural and Roman shades with blackout liners and blackout honeycomb shades. If you want something that adds more cuteness and style to the room, Hirshfield’s has custom options. “Through Horizon Window Fashions we have the option of doing some beautiful Roman shades with a blackout liner,” says Scarrella. “If those fabrics aren’t enough, we have hundreds of books at Shop at Home from which we can custom create a Roman shade as well.”
For more style options, parents can incorporate the nursery’s theme into the fabric of a window treatment. Scarrella recommends starting with a darkening honeycomb shade in a neutral color, then adding side panels in a complementary fabric that will add to the room’s décor. That way you can change the side panels as children grow. Another option is to stay with a basic color palette that you like and go from there. “Try not to add too many ‘baby’ elements to the fabric that you select,” says Scarrella. “Go for stripes, chevrons or patterns that allow you to introduce another color—maybe even add an accent wall with paint—and change the artwork in the room as the child gets older.”
When you’re decorating the nursery, you want the window coverings to be attractive, safe and practical. Thankfully you can get all of the above with a little brainstorming, both about the baby that’s coming and the child he or she will become with time.
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