The Ultimate Nursery Decorating Ideas Quiz

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The Ultimate Nursery Decorating Ideas Quiz
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Decorating a baby nursery can be a delightful endeavor. Take the quiz and find out how to make the baby nursery a pleasure to behold.
In addition to a crib and a comfy chair, what other piece of furniture should you put in the nursery?
a twin bed
A twin bed will be handy if you have to attend to the baby all night long. Plus, your child will outgrow the crib sooner than you think.
a TV set
a waterbed

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What safety feature does a conventional changing table have?
a low rail around the changing pad
The built-in rail is generally a few inches higher than the pad to prevent the active little infant from rolling off the table.
a security strap to keep the child in place
an alarm that buzzes when the baby gets too close to the edge

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Ideally, why should the changing table have lower shelving that is open?
so you can see what you need
so you can access what you need with one hand
With an open shelf, you can take out diapers, etc. with your free hand. If you use a closed storage unit, make sure you can open the drawers with one hand. You should not leave the baby unattended for even a second!
so you can fill it easily when supplies run low

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At what age do babies start to detect details and distinguish shades of color?
6 months
Since a baby doesn't distinguish details and colors until he or she is about six months, decorate the room with bold black and white patterns, which will stimulate the eyes and brain.
8 months
10 months

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Which of the following characters would NOT be suitable to use as decoration in a young child's bedroom?
a fairy princess
a little lamb
a fire-breathing dragon
Up to age seven, kids can't tell the difference between what's real and what isn't, so it's not advisable to put in pictures or graphics of scary creatures. You want them to sleep well - with no nightmares!

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In decorating terminology, what is a focal point?
a seating area where people get together and talk
an attractive feature in a room that stands out and catches your attention
While the focal point draws the eye to it, the rest of the room should be decorated in a way that complements and enhances the feature.
an eyesore that detracts from the d├ęcor

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What are two of the most popular thematic elements for little boys' bedrooms?
clowns and magicians
soldiers and sports figures
vehicles and animals
Using one or both of these themes as a basic design concept, there is a wide range of colors to use and scenes to create. But don't put in anything too menacing like a ferocious tiger or a man-eating shark!

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Which is the most popular color for children's rooms?
green, the color of things that grow
Green offers a wide range of possibilities for decorating a nursery. For a little girl, it looks very pretty with pink. For a baby boy's room, green goes very nicely with blue and white.
yellow, the bright color of the sun
blue, the color of the sea and the sky

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In a room that faces south or west, what type of color is most effective?
warm
cool
Colors in cool shades of blue, green, or blue-violet will do the trick in a room with southern or western exposure. For a room that looks toward the north or the east, use warm tones of pink, peach, coral or yellow.
cold

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What is an ottoman?
a stuffed footrest
A well-stuffed ottoman is the ideal accessory for a comfortable easy chair. It can be a simple fabric affair or little work of art, depending on the material and embroidery used.
a Turkish mobile
a mechanic who specializes in fixing children's electrical toys

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Cranberry, barn, ruby and coral are all shades of which color?
red
Children love warm colors, and these shades of red, used in moderation, work well in a child's room because they're warm and cozy without being too bold or overpowering.
blue
green

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What is one of the main advantages of using white wicker furniture in a baby girl's nursery?
It's not expensive.
It's lightweight, so you can move it around easily.
It's still appropriate to use when the child gets older.
With its classic intricate woven pattern, wicker furniture is very sweet for a baby's room, yet it is sophisticated enough for an older child or a teenage girl as well.

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When decorating a nursery, where should you get the furnishings from?
Buy a full, ready-made set from an accredited furniture store.
Use selected pieces you find in your home and other places.
Depending on your taste and style, pick out items from your own home or stores or garage sales and create a room that has its own unique look and feel.
Borrow baby furniture from family and friends.

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What kinds of stories provide a good source of ideas for decorating a nursery?
classic children's stories
Well-known children's stories provide a wealth of decorating opportunities. A nursery designed around the theme of Alice in Wonderland, for example, can be filled with a colorful array of scenes and characters.
scary ghost stories
current events/ news stories

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Which one of the following characters is NOT part of the Alice in Wonderland story?
The Mad Hatter
The Cheshire Cat
Bugs Bunny
While Bugs Bunny is not part of the Wonderland experience, The White Rabbit plays a key role in the classic Lewis Carroll story.

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If you don't use characters as a theme, what else can you use to decorate a child's room?
colorful paint and different patterns
Bright colors and interesting patterns, such as stripes, checks, zigzags, florals, and polka dots, go a long way toward adding character to a child's room - without using characters.
funhouse mirrors and piles of comic books
bite-size cookies and mini-marshmallows

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Why should a baby's room appeal to adults as well?
If you want to sell your house or rent out your apartment, it will be attractive to potential customers.
It's a good place to entertain friends when the baby is fast asleep.
You will be spending a lot of there as well.
Making the nursery a warm and cozy place will greatly enhance the time you share with your baby in his or her formative years.

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In the nursery, what is the most important aspect of the footstool that goes with the easy chair?
that it is a comfortable height for you
If you're nursing the baby or simply want some extra support for your back, make sure that the footstool is not too high and not too low, but just the right height.
that it matches the chair
that it won't get in the way of baby's first steps

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Can you use a sturdy chest, dresser, or desk as a changing table for the baby?
sometimes
always
never
These types of surfaces are not safe enough to use when diapering a baby. The safest item is a standard changing table that has a built-in rail around the changing pad.

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Can a baby share his or her room with a sibling?
certainly
When it comes to decorating, you should respect the style of the older child and work around it to accommodate the baby.
not a chance
maybe

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