7 Tips for Lighting Your Nursery

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A perfect example of nursery lighting done right! Love the starry ceiling, created by fiber-optic LED lights installed in the crawl space. Gorgeous!. Photo via HGTV.

You’ve chosen colors, settled on the theme and even picked out the perfect crib. Your baby’s nursery is a vision - or would be if only you could see it!

Lighting is an important element of design, but when it comes to getting it right, most moms are left in the dark. Wondering how to best light your nursery? Take a moment to read these illuminating tips.

1. Avoid Harsh Lighting:

A soft glow makes any room seem warm and inviting, but that’s not the only reason to keep things cozy.

Soft lighting reduces the contrast between light and dark, preventing over-stimulation and giving baby’s undeveloped eyes a much-needed rest.

When lighting the nursery, avoid halogens and exposed bulbs. These bright lights make babies uncomfortable and anxious and may prove hazardous should a curious toddler come poking around. Opt instead for fixtures offering shaded or diffused light.

Another tip? Consider baby’s point of view. Ceiling fixtures with bell-shaped shades may look lovely from across the room, but the effect is less enjoyable when you’re lying directly under them!

2. Install a Dimmer:

Used regularly as part of a bedtime routine, a dimmer switch can help your baby wind down and sleep. The serene atmosphere acts as a trigger for your little dreamer, letting his body know it’s time to rest. A dimmer also allows you to slip in for the occasional sneak peak without disturbing the little guy.

It’s also perfect for late-night feedings and diaper changes, helping to maintain your baby’s drowsy state while you take care of business.

3. Create Light Layers:

Soft lighting is all well and good, but when you’re buried to the elbows in a messy diaper, it helps if you can see what you’re doing. The trick?

Create layers of light.

Instead of relying on one, overly bright ceiling lamp, use a number of lamps and fixtures to brighten the room as needed. Aim for a minimum of three points of light, such as a ceiling fixture, changing table light, and reading lamp. By keeping your choices task-centered, you’ll always have enough light right where you need it.

4. Control Natural Light:

Natural light is a beautiful thing - unless is it’s providing a premature wake up call. Keeping your nursery dark and cool will not only help your baby sleep longer, but will also prevent overheating - a contributing factor associated with SIDS. For more tips on dressing your nursery windows, check out this helpful list of window dos and don’ts.

5. Make a Statement:

A dramatic ceiling fixture can make a big difference to your nursery. Why not replace your standard lamp with a fun, oversized pendant or even an elegant chandelier? Need some inspiration? Try one of these beauties!

6. Get Creative:

Lighting doesn’t always need to be practical. Use your imagination! Set the ceiling ablaze with LED starlight. Cast a magical glow with strings of twinkling fairy lights. You can even use light to enhance a theme. (Check out this gorgeous, nighttime cityscape!) Whatever you choose to do, have fun and create something truly unique!

7. Don’t Forget the Night Light:

Even the sweetest of nurseries can seem scary at night. Your newborn may not be afraid of the dark yet, but after a few late-night stumbles, your sleep-deprived tootsies will be terrified! Protect your little one - and your toes - with one of these creative nightlights for kids.

Looking for some more bright ideas? You’ll love these fabulous, DIY nursery lamps!