SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council

April 21, 2008 07:00 ET

Nursery Chic: Safe and Stylish Baby Rooms

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - Babies have always been adorable, but they seem to be increasingly stylish these days too. Not surprisingly, luxury baby décor is in demand and parents everywhere are creating beautiful and hip rooms for their little ones.

Parents must bear in mind however, that safety is always the most important element of any room your baby is in. Keep your baby's nursery chic and set your mind at ease with these safe and stylish design tips.

Alternative Wall Coloring

Many parents do not wish to know the gender of their baby before birth, so the trend is unisex colors. Chocolate brown, paired with pastel colors like yellow, pink, and blue make for a beautiful, understated contrast. Utilizing different shades of woods, such as walnut and white have also been a popular option for individuals who want to keep the nursery consistent with their own décor.

Make sure your walls are not only beautiful, but safe, by covering any unused electrical outlets with outlet plugs or sliding outlet covers and ensuring that all wall hangings are out of reach and well secured.

Canopy Creations

Few bedroom designs are as lavish and indulgent as canopies. Treat your little one to this classic look, keeping safety in mind. Fabric canopies can be unsafe when hung around a crib. Try draping a sheer canopy over an unused fireplace, closet or armoire placed behind baby's crib. This centers the room's focal point around the crib, just as a regular canopy would. You'll achieve the elegant look of a canopy with the safety your little one requires.

Elegant Window Treatments

Windows make for great design opportunities for your baby's room -- they're also a source of natural light and fresh air. For a contemporary look, coordinate your blinds with fabric drapes or curtains in bright colors and soft fabrics to complement the room's décor. Many home experts recommend avoiding long draperies in a baby's room, especially for when they start crawling. It is too easy for babies to grab onto long flowing fabrics, with a danger of pulling the hardware down. Window cords can also be a potential strangulation hazard. Cordless coverings are the only choice to help ensure your baby's safety. They also create a clean, aesthetically pleasing look. The Window Covering Safety Council recommends you make the right choice and only use cordless window products in young children's bedrooms. Owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today's safer products. For more information on window cord safety, please visit

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