CONFESSION TIME! You know that lovely little nursery I put together for my baby boy? Yeah, up until this week it has been a beautifully decorated space for diaper changes! He’s been sleeping in our room since he came home from the hospital, but now that he’s six months old we are going to transition him into his beautiful crib. I started putting him down for naps in his crib this week and he’s been doing great sleeping in there during the day.
While I love the longer days that come with the spring, blazing sun at 6:30 p.m. is not great when you’re trying to convince a baby that it’s time for bed. I realized that if I want to get him to sleep at a realistic baby bed time I was going to have to manufacture some darkness. I’d been wanting to install blackout shades in the nursery back in the fall before he was born. Well, here we are six months later and they are up!
I love the look of drapery panels paired with roman shades. It’s one of my go-to tricks for finishing a room and I’ve done it in both my master bedroom and my living room. Creating a comfortable space is all about layers and the windows are not exempt from that rule! Take a look at the windows before and after window treatments.
The nursery looked great with just the addition of the drapery panels, which were one of the many DIY projects in this room, but the roman shades make it that much better. I’d been stalking these shades for a long time on the Pottery Barn Kids website. They are the Harper roman shades and they are no joke. Lined with blackout paneling, trimmed with the perfect gray grosgrain ribbon and designed with a cordless release for safety, these are the be-all end-all of roman shades for a kiddo’s room. I guess that’s why, even with a 20% off coupon, they were still more expensive than the crib. I justified the purchase by remembering that these shades, unlike the crib, will continue to work in the space as my boy grows up.
The cordless design is really nice for any room. I personally hate having to wind the cords on those little metal hooks every morning when I pull up the shades in my bedroom. With these all you do is pull down/out on a handle that’s hidden on the bottom panel of the shade and they roll right up to your desired length.
I will keep the shades drawn half way during the day because I love the look. Then at night, when I finally do try to get him to sleep in his nursery, I will pull them down to make his room extra dark. Here’s hoping this actually helps me, er, him, with the transition. Wish me luck!
Do you like the layered look on your windows? Have you found using blackout shades helps you or you little ones get a better night’s sleep?