Part of the fun and excitement of becoming a new parent is designing and decorating the baby’s nursery and choosing the right fabric for curtains will give the room the perfect finishing touch. While selecting curtains might seem like a simple matter, there are important things to consider. Here are some tips for choosing the best curtains for your baby’s nursery.
Many parents begin the process of designing their baby’s nursery by building the room around a theme. Once you’ve decided on a theme you’re in a better position to select a color for the room and fabrics to complement it. When it comes to curtains in a nursery, color is important. During her first six weeks, your baby will spend much of the time sleeping. This is why many parents opt for room darkening blinds and dark colors for curtains, transitioning to curtains with lighter colors like lighter pinks and sky blue when the baby reaches six months.
Parents should also consider the curtain’s material. You can achieve fantastic looks for window treatments with cotton, silk and even netted curtains. But you’ll need to decide on the material’s thickness and what you want to accomplish in the room. Thicker material will block out more light and keep a nursery warmer by preventing cold drafts coming from windows during winter months. But if you live in a warmer climate and prefer to keep your nursery light and cheery, choosing a lighter material will allow more sunlight in.
The length of the curtains is another important issue to consider. While floor length curtains may be fine for the baby’s first six months, they won’t be so attractive when the baby begins to stand, using the curtains to pull himself up. This not only presents a safety hazard, but it can also wreak havoc on your curtain’s fabric. The last thing you want is for the curtains and any hardware to fall on your child and resulting in any injury. This is why it’s better to choose curtains that are shorter in length and avoid curtains with pull strings that hang low, on which children could potentially asphyxiate. Two ideal curtain designs for a nursery are a box valance or balloon shades. A box valance, a taut rectangle of fabric covering the top third of the window, with ribbon trimming or piping of a contrasting fabric can bring visual interest to a straight-forward, clean look. Or balloon shades, accomplished by sewing a rod pocket into the top of a fabric panel, mounting to the window and using cording or ribbon to loosely lift sections of the bottom hem up. Again, you can add ribbons/bows in complementary colors for visual enhancement.
Pattern is another issue to consider. You’ll want to choose curtains that you and your child will enjoy and use for several years. This means you should avoid choosing a pattern or design that’s too infantile. Instead, choose patterns that can be used as your child grows older.
Sunshine Drapery has hundreds of quality fabrics and designs to choose from that meet a variety of design budgets. Color plays a tremendous role in your baby’s growth and development. Curtains are one of the best ways to introduce your baby to color and pattern during her first few months. Whether you’re looking for thick or light-weight materials, dark or light colors, solid or patterned fabrics, Sunshine Drapery has the best selection when it comes to giving your baby’s nursery the perfect finishing touch.