Ah, your mid-twenties. Half your friends are moving across the country and the other half are settling down and starting families. So what happens when the latter half has a friend who likes design and home improvement? You get drafted to help with ideas for baby nursery decor. So, I thought I’d share some basic designs and themes that I’ve worked on over the years with you.
So if you’re itching to nest, if your nursery plans are nonexistent, if you’re not sure where to begin… You’ve come to the right place. Check out these nine ideas for a range of inspiration from themes to colors to decor:
The following tips separate ideas into gendered versus neutral. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a butterfly-themed nursery for a boy if you want. Public perceptions make for good categories, but it’s important your nursery make you happy.
Want your nursery to scream “it’s a boy!” Try these gender-specific themes:
If you have a little girl on the way, here are some gender-specific themes:
Looking for a theme that will work for future brothers and sisters? Try:
Not looking for an overarching theme? You can still find decor, furniture and textiles to help inspire your vision of your dream nursery.
Bold bedding, dreamy drapes, a charming changing-pad cover: Fabrics often serve as the highlight of and inspiration for a room.
Just remember that this room will see a lot of bodily fluids and a lot of tantrums. Reserve the fancy fabrics for roman shades and keep words like durable and stain-resistant in mind for the rest.
Customize and personalize decor by filling frames with whatever catches your fancy: family pictures, favorite prints, meaningful quotes.
Just be sure to hang them out of reach and away from the crib.
Pick your paper and go to town crafting and creating DIY decor for your little one.
Wallpaper the closet, or make tissue paper clouds and snowflakes and use them as a mobile or wall decor.
Easy to customize and removable, vinyl’s virtues have made it a popular and versatile accessory.
Make your own custom decor or order premade masterpieces. Try a custom family tree, a larger-than-life quote or a quirky border.
Embrace form and function. There’s no rule that says your changing station, dresser or crib has to be bland.
Rescue a sturdy piece from a thrift shop and embrace its age and quirks. Go big and buy your dream nursery furniture from a designer. Pick a plain option from a big box store and customize it with stain, paint, fabric or hardware so it’s one-of-a-kind.
Go crazy but don’t forget to keep it safe. Your crib should be one made after 1990, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards were updated for cribs to keep babies safe from lead paint or unsafe designs.
Try using a bold piece you love or a family relic to inspire – and take center stage in – the room.
Design your nursery around the handmade rocking chair your grandmother used or the ship’s wheel you unearthed at a flea market.
As with baby nursery decor, don’t be afraid to throw the rules out the window when it comes to color. Do you prefer dark and moody over pale and pastel? Go for it. You’ll be the one looking at it for thousands of diaper changes, so you might as well enjoy it.
White, gray or cream walls offer great neutral backdrops that you can spice up with bright or bold accent colors. You can also keep the decor simple and make your wall color the statement piece.
Here’s a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
Do you have trouble picking accent colors? Do you have a colorful print or patterned fabric you plan to use in the nursery? Draw your colors from that. You already know they work together and it will help your color scheme feel cohesive.
Designing a nursery is an exciting way to meet your nesting urges as you count down the days to your due date. Have fun, make it personal and don’t be afraid to throw decorating rules out the window.