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Design ideas for children's rooms The Manila Times | My Baby My Star

Having a baby is probably one of the most beautiful moments for a couple. This also marks the beginning of a family, which in turn means they are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with it.

All parents want to make sure their child is comfortable to ensure they have a meaningful childhood. Therefore, they will spare no expense to achieve this. While some couples would like to have their baby close by, there are those who would like to have a “baby room” or nursery built. Essentially, this would be the baby’s first home.

According to interior designer Anla Li-Tan, “A baby’s room is truly one of the most adorable spaces to design. It’s delicate, intimate and playful all in one.” Whether you do it yourself or hire the services of an interior designer. Here are some ideas for designing a nursery for first-time parents.


In an existing home, you may need to repurpose an unused room to serve as a child’s room. You would choose the one that ensures comfort. Since this is baby’s first home, it needs to have a welcoming, comforting and happy atmosphere – a way of welcoming the newborn into the world.

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Li-Tan said that “proper space planning is key to maximizing an area to its full potential.” Parents should envision what they want it to look like, even put it on paper, and then set a budget.

“Measure the space as accurately as possible, including all necessary furniture, appliances and equipment to be placed in the space and ensure the bulky items (e.g. cribs and lounge chairs) are sized proportionately to the specific space “, she said.


If the budget allows, the kindergarten can have a theme. Li-Tan advised that the theme must remain constant. She cites an example from one of her clients where the parents decided on a tropical theme for their nursery.

“A tropical theme was incorporated into the design with the following features – an oasis mural accent wall, Solihiya patterned cabinet doors, rattan center light, moss green paint, wooden blinds, and decors such as an oversized giraffe stuffed animal and floral accent rug,” she shared.

When decorating, it is advisable to use non-toxic materials. It is important to pay attention to what the baby is breathing in. If it’s crawling or playing on the floor, make sure it can’t come into contact with anything harmful. Avoid materials such as those made from volatile organic compounds, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and lead, to name a few. These can affect the child in the long term.

function and sustainability

When it comes to furniture and fixtures, the most obvious piece of furniture to have is the crib. Other furniture that would be needed in the nursery would be a closet or closet to store baby clothes and items. A table or similar where diapers can be changed is also essential. For lighting, it is advisable to use soft and subdued lights in the children’s room. Avoid using “blue light” emitted by sunlight or by digital screens or LED light bulbs. Excessive exposure to this type of light can cause vision problems over time.

The nursery also needs adequate ventilation to expel stale air and bring in fresh air, which is essential for the baby’s brain development. In addition to an electric fan and/or air conditioner, invest in an air purifier to clean the air in the child’s room.

Although the baby is the focal point of the room, it should also be functional and comfortable for the parents as they sometimes need to be there for the baby. So you can even put a comfortable chair to sit on and take care of the baby.

Li-Tan also suggested that the design of the children’s room should be sustainable, which means that the child can use the space even as they grow older. The cot can be replaced with a bed and the changing table can be converted into a desk. Baby clothes will soon give way to older clothes in closets and showcases.

“Last but not least, have fun decorating the nursery during your ‘nesting season,'” she said.


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