Are you expecting Twins and have started thinking about how you would like the nursery to look? Joanna Navarrete, Twin Love Concierge’s Miami postpartum associate, shares her tips and photos to creating the perfect room for your new additions.
Planning a Twin Nursery in 5 easy steps
Step 1– Choose a color palette that will be great for both twins and that they won’t outgrow quickly. Thinking outside the typical blue-and-pink box is key to making the design last for more than a year. But even if you do choose the blue and pink, perhaps do so in accents. Otherwise, choose an overall color that is gender neutral. Grays, whites and navy are a great base to start with. You can go bright in colors or you can go pale as well, to compliment. Yellows, oranges, aqua and lime greens are great accents to pops of color.
Also, when designing, choose patterns that will work well for both twins and that are neither too masculine or too feminine. Chevrons, circles, stripes are great in adding depth to the room without making it too busy. Also keep in mind that adding different patterns and textures willenhance the overall feel of the room.
But the best, most inexpensive, and fun, way to dress any room is with paint! For our twins’ room, my husband had the brilliant idea to play with different sheens of paint. We also did different widths of stripes and used different sheens. One was matte, another was eggshell, another satin, and another high gloss. Make sure to choose low or no–VOC paint. The result was great!
Step 2– Choose furniture that will grow with your children. The market has many options for converter cribs that will take them up through to a twin/full bed. It’s a great investment that you’ll be happy you made because you won’t have needed to buy 3 different beds overtheir lifetime. Also, light colored cribs will look less bulky in a room containing two beds.
Step 3– Don’t clutter the room! Having new bundles of joy can make us want to go buy everything in sight. Take a step back and figure out what you really need. Two cribs and a changing table – ideally with storage on the bottom – are essentials. Consider a wide chair or love seat that you can sit in and feed both babies at the same time or perhaps one in which you and dad can sit together and help feed baby.
If you have the space, think about a small table for bottles or a glass of water that you can accessorize with a lamp. Leave floor space in the room, so you can set down the babies on a play mat or blanket for tummy time, so you have space to change a set of clothes, or so you can just hang out with them. Also, if you live in hotter climates and you have the capacity to include a ceiling light fan, then do. It will help to circulate air, reducing the risk of SIDS, and keep the room much cooler in summer.
Step 4– To make life easier on everyone, color code the hangers if the twins will share closet space. Use drawer dividers for little things like socks. And an easy way to avoid headaches with socks and onesies is to buy all-white. You won’t have to sort pink and blue miniature socks! Towels and washcloths could match the room and having them all in the same pattern or color will ease your laundry life! Having all-white bibs and burp-cloths could make life easier too.
Step 5– Remember the Do’s & Don’ts:
-Don’t forget to incorporate a room thermometer to know the temperature at all times
-If you choose to do curtain panels, choose blackout panels that go all the way to the floor
-If you incorporate a rug, choose a low pile rug that will reduce the allergens in the room
-Choose a low maintenance diaper pail that you can use with one hand and/or foot, and that is easy to clean and maintain
-Safety-proof all outlets