Grey. It’s the perfect neutral. Clean, bright and versatile, this popular nursery color is both chic and sensible. Whether you’re looking for a color scheme that will stand the test of time or just hoping for a fresh take on the traditional gender-neutral palette, grey is a great way to go.
Still, for all its benefits, this sometimes-moody shade can be tricky to work with. Done well, a grey space can be sophisticated and serene. But if you’re not careful, your nursery could end up looking flat or dreary.
Wondering how to make your grey nursery shine? Polish your design plan with these five simple tips.
Choose the Right Shade
Think grey is just grey? Think again! Grey has a wide range. Cool greys highlight blue tones and can look frosty in light shades. Warm greys highlight yellow tones. They may appear somewhat brown or even greenish and can look grim and dreary in too dark of a hue.
To keep your nursery space looking bright and cheery, choose a soothing blue-grey in a light to medium shade, or opt for a pale shade of “greige.” This warm, beige-like neutral combines the etherealness of grey with the earthiness of brown, creating a beautiful, organic blend.
When it comes to picking the perfect accent palette, grey makes things simple. This versatile neutral plays well with almost any color.
Need help narrowing your options? Consider your tone. If you’ve chosen a blue-based grey for your nursery, you can’t go wrong with cool pastel accents, like mint, aqua, lavender, or pale pink. Metallic silver also looks fabulous with steely blue greys.
Prefer a warmer grey? Consider a bright and sunny color, like orange and yellow, or add a touch of glam with rich gold.
Want to keep your grey walls from looking flat? The secret is to create plenty of contrast.
Grey is best set against its parent colors: black and white. White accents keeps greys looking clean and bright, while black accents provide definition. Your goal is to create the perfect balance between light and dark. If you’ve chosen a medium to dark grey, you’ll need to break it up with large swaths of white. If you’ve chosen a lighter shade, black furniture and accessories may be a better fit.
Play with Pattern
A little pattern play can really make a space pop, bringing life and energy to your design. If your nursery needs a boost, a boldly patterned rug or accent wall might be just the ticket. Not sure how to choose the right pattern for you space? Put these handy tips to the test.
Focus on Texture
Incorporating a rich variation of texture is another excellent way to add visual interest to your design. This is especially true of neutral spaces, which demand greater attention to detail. Try layering sleek floors and furnishings with lush fabrics, and pair polished woods with rough, natural textures. You won’t believe what a difference the added textural dimension can make!
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- Concilia Kambarami
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A bunk bed or not?
Pros and Cons of Buying a Bunk Bed
The advantages of a buying a bunk bed:
1. Two beds. Each of your girls wor boys will still have their own bed to sleep on, giving them their own space.
2. More space. Bunked beds means more room in any bedroom. It allows you to actually store toys in their bedroom.
3. If someone has an accident or gets sick in the middle of the night you don’t have to wake them both up to change the sheets (like you would if they shared a bed).
4. When the time comes, the bunk beds can be separated into two twin beds.
5. They can be a ton of fun for little kids to play on.
The disadvantages of buying a bunk bed:
1. Safety concerns: Kids can fall off the ladder when climbing up or down. They could fall off the bottom or top bunk if they aren’t being careful enough. They can crack their head or body part on the wood or metal rails. If the bunks don’t have a ton of space between them, the bottom child could crack their head on the bottom of the top bunk. Also, will the slats or boards support your bouncing child enough so that the mattress doesn’t fall through? Will the bunk bed be stable enough? It is recommended that the top bunk only be used by children aged six or older. .
2. Making the beds. Not as easy when you can barely reach the top bunk, or have to climb on top of the bed to make it.
3. The child on top can likely reach the ceiling, light, ceiling fan, curtains or whatever else might be higher up in their room.
4. In the middle of the night whoever is on top can’t see the ladder very well and can have problems getting down by themselves, as they have a sleepy and tired body.
5. Tucking the child on top in may not be very easy if the bunk bed is very high. Or giving them their goodnight hugs and kisses.
We figure that the advantages of buying a bunk bed outweigh the disadvantages and every parent is determined to find as safe and as comfortable a bunk as possible for their family .
Tips for Finding the Best Bunk Bed for Kids – A buying guide
1. How much space is between the bunks? This one is more important . You don't want your kids to outgrow these bunks in just a few years because their heads are touching the bottom of the top bunk (or because they are kicking the bottom of the top bunk). I think it would be very nice if an adult (mom or dad) could sit on the bottom bunk without stooping or hunching over and cracking their heads. Maybe this won’t be as important to you, but it is something to consider . At least a metre and above between the beds will be comfortable
3. To trundle or not to trundle? Trundle beds are a great option for a or occasional use. If you going to have two kids sharing a bunkie , and usually have sleep overs then a trundle will come handy. Trundle Bed
4. What type of ladder or stairs will the bunk bed have? If your kids are still very young (under three), you will ideally need a ladder that comes out at an angle from the bunk bed or has stairs (with storage drawers in them) so they can climb up and down safely. Some bunks’ access to the top is only by climbing up on one of the ends (no real ladder). Will that affect where you have to place your bunk bed? Will the ladder or stairs take up too much space in the room? Is the ladder removable? Are the rungs of the ladder too far apart or the initial one too far off the ground? All important things to consider. Ladders ain't ideal , especially if kids use the toilet during the night or if they decided to climb down at any point while sleepy . Climbing up a ladder for smaller kids can be a challenge as well, while stairs caters safely for all age groups.
5. How high do the rails come? Is there only one rail above the mattress? Or two? Or three? Do the rails cover the entire front or back or ends? On both top and bottom or just one? You will definitely need high rails for your very young children to ensure it would be as safe as possible. Rolling over and falling should be a matter of concern.
6.How stable are the bunk beds? Whenever you go to look at bunk beds in the stores, you should be especially adamant about having to put the bed through a “shake test.” How much did the bunk bed rock? Part of the reasoning is that kids are hard on furniture. They will jump and bounce and yank and rock that bed, so the more it allows for that, the sooner the bed may “die” or fall apart or collapse. To gauge whether you thought a bed was fairly stable, you should look at how thick the corner pieces of the bed frame was as well as how it was assembled together and the materials used.
7. Aesthetics. Do you like how the bed looks? Is the wood sanded and polished nice and smooth? Or is the wood gritty feeling? Do the drawers (if applicable) slide nicely in and out? Do you like the color of the wood or metal? Do you like how the bunks look when separated? If you like DIY projects then these may not be as important to you, but if you don’t want to have to worry about these things, it is important to consider.
8.Storage space. Does the bunk come with extra storage space? Is there room under the bottom bunk for things? Are there drawers in the staircase? Does the bunk come with a desk or shelves attached? If you are looking into a loft bed these things are probably much more important to you. But, remember the space you plan on putting the bunk bed or loft in. Will there be enough room around it to access the shelves or desk or drawers provided?
9.Cost. You are, like most people, always looking for a great deal. And you’d be surprised how quickly the price of bunk beds can escalate, but also how unstable and unsafe the cheapest new bunk beds can feel. My suggestion is always to shop around. Figure out what features are most important to you of the nine points I listed above. Safety of course should be a top concern, so the materials and construction of the bed should be among your top priorities. Do you feel more comfortable with a metal framed bed? Or do you really prefer wood? Also, when thinking about cost, remember that you will still need to buy mattresses and sheets and perhaps even bunkie boards. I hope that this list helps you in your search for buying the perfect bunk bed for your family. Leave me a comment with anything else I may have forgotten to mention as something to consider and remember at http://www.classicdesigns.co.za custom make them for you. Your options are endless.
- Concilia Kambarami
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classicdesigns.co.za 0Classic Designs is a home based, family owned business with two co-owners. Our main focus is custom made kids and babies furniture. We want to give parents and parents to be a chance to have a piece of furniture that is specifically made for them. They imagine it, we put the pieces together and build it up. They want that specific colour combination, we put it together. Have you ever walked in a shop and see an item and thought to yourself "only if they had done it that way"? Well at Classic Designs we make sure you have it 'that' way! Oh no, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg at all! We are the manufacturers, no middle men, no hectic overheads. From our factory to your home, affordability is guaranteed. When it comes to our lil angels safety is the main priority. No parent want to compromise. At Classic Designs safety is just as important as it is to you. That's why we only use only A grade supawood MDF and pine wood in our baby and kids range. Smoothly sanded , rounded edges and corners for those unfortunate incidents. The products are as sturdy as they come. We then finish with water based low VOC or 100% no VOC finishes, lead free and chip resistant. Easy to clean, heat, moisture and stain resistant. You got your design, bring a picture and we make it for you. Our lead time is 14 working days. You can collect or we deliver earlier for an extra fee. A 50% deposit is required on all orders before processing and the rest payable on collection or delivery. EFTs to be done 2 days before collection or delivery. [caption id="attachment_8" align="alignnone" width="300"] Later converts into a single bed with pull out drawer on wheels, 3 drawer chest of drawers, large playpen, pedestal and a bookshelf.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7" align="alignnone" width="300"] Standard cot, tall boy chest of drawers, changing station on wheels and a bassinet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11" align="alignnone" width="206"] Large cot, later convert into a toddler bed by dropping one or both sides. Two storage drawers on wheels.[/caption] <!--www.classicdesignsco.co.za>--> <!--www.Facebookcombeenbaby-->
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