Once you’ve picked the wall colour for your precious bundle’s room (see here for our previous post on tips for choosing paint), now comes the fun part! Just how will you jazz up the walls?
Will you use hand-painted murals, wall decals, framed photos/prints/paintings, or decorative shelving to display little treasures like baby’s bronzed shoes, first piggy bank, or first teddy bear? The options are endless.
What I really want to talk to you about is the need to consider carefully what you are putting in your baby’s room to ensure that you maintain great air quality.
If you decide on having a specially painted wall mural, we suggest having your mural painted at least a couple of months before baby’s arrival to allow time for the paint to off-gas.
While really fun and funky, many wall decals are made of vinyl which contains polyvinyl chloride (PVCs). PVCs are very smelly and toxic, which means they are off-gassing chemicals into your baby’s room, and yours as well! So if choosing wall decals, please be sure to choose PVC-free decals.
Wall decals are certainly an interesting option, because as your baby grows and interests change, it will be far easier and cheaper to change decals than to re-paint a room with a hand-painted mural.
Another issue to watch out for with decals is that some are single use, so once you take them down, off to the landfill they go; others, however, are removable and reusable – a better choice for the environment!
A solution for hanging pictures, paintings, etc., which you may wish to change later on without leaving holes in your walls, is to use the new damage-free picture hanging strips and hooks available at most hardware stores and even your neighbourhood grocery store and pharmacy.
Or, you may choose to create a custom fabric-covered bulletin board, which you will be able to change as your child matures.
There is a simple way to do this:
- Buy a framed bulletin board,
- Remove the cork board from the frame,
- Cover the cork board with a fabric that coordinates with your baby’s room,
- Use coordinating ribbons to crisscross the cork board in a decorative pattern, and
- Then remount the cork board in the frame
- Et, voilà, you will have a decorative element for baby’s room to display cards, photos and other small memorabilia!
And, of course, there are other solutions such as using picture rails or ledges, decorative or free-floating shelves, and free-standing shelving units. If choosing shelving made out of particle board, please be sure that all edges of the shelving are enclosed to reduce the off-gassing of glues.
You can always purchase edging from your local hardware store and seal any exposed edges using a steam iron on the dry setting.
What type of wall decorations will you choose? We’d love to hear your ideas, so please comment below
We’ll be back next week to talk a bit more about fabric options.