Gone are the days when you had to choose ‘baby’ blue for a boy and pretty pink for a girl … and I say, thank goodness! There has been a growing trend among parents to choose less traditional (read: more fun) color palettes for the nursery. Prints, patterns, and fun motifs are also on the rise, along with unique handmade goods and DIY details. Take the lovely space shown here for instance — the walls are are covered in affordable (and removable!) geometric decals in pink and gold, the rug is a large-scale chevron print, and the artwork and pillows have a cheerful feel. You could easily recreate the look of the paint-dipped stools by painting just the lower half of the legs on a set of simple thrift shop stools.
Remember, bright and colorful nurseries are trending for both girls and boys. Case in point: this nursery, which blogger Holly Becker of decor8 designed for her son Aidan. With fun wallpaper from Ferm Living, a rug that picks up colors from the paper design, and animal-themed accessories, this space manages to look fresh, modern, and cozy all at once. The color palette of minty green, aqua, gray, mocha, and yellow would work equally well for a boy’s or girl’s room.
A bold statement wall is really hot in kids’ spaces. If wallpaper or decals are not your thing, why not try painting on a design instead? Just stick with something clean and simple, like the mountain top motif shown here, and use painter’s tape to mark off the lines before you begin. This is a great way to add a bold splash of color without overwhelming the space, because the upper half of the wall remains crisp white.
It’s all about the details! There are so many creative ways to bring personality to your baby’s nursery, once you have the basics (paint, curtains, crib) in place, why not have some fun? Upgrade Ikea dressers with bright paint on just the outside, and swap out the knobs for funky mismatched ones. Hang a rainbow-hued tassel garland over the changing table. Repurpose a petite metal cart as a mobile clothing storage unit or for changing supplies. And for the ultimate personal touch, have your little one’s name lit up in a neon sign!
Color blocking and ombre are still going strong in the design world (especially where kids are concerned), and upgrading a chest of drawers can be a fun project to tackle while you are expecting. Paint each drawer front a different hue, or go with different shades of one color for an ombre effect. You can always use up leftover paint from the project to makeover a plain child size chair or small bookcase.
Do you think the dad came up with this one? Whoever had the idea, putting a pegboard over the changing table to hold supplies is utter genius. Put your own stamp on the project by painting your pegboard to match the color palette of your nursery, and spell out your baby’s name in craft store letters. Another great idea to snag from this space is to give an old wooden chest a bright, glossy coat of paint and top it with a changing pad. You can have a changing table with character (and tons of storage) for the cost of a can of paint.
Rugs to look for include bright, graphic prints, polka dots, and whimsical motifs. Your rug should complement, but not overwhelm the space — think, a hit of neon on a neutral ground, multicolored dots on creamy white, or an arrow motif in subtle tone-on-tone hues.
Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Jill Rosenwald High Rise rug; Geoloom Carousel Dots rug in white; Capel Genevieve Gorder Spots rug in green; Safavieh Chatham rug in light gold and ivory chevron; Tayse International Trading Metro Chevron rug in yellow, blue, and white; Surya Budding rug in birch, green apple, and blue mist.
Image Sources: (from top) Apartment Therapy; decor8; Charlotte Love Interior Styling; Collage (clockwise from top left): The Glitter Guide, Mommo Design, Layer Cakelet, The Glitter Guide; Charlotte Love Interior Styling; Layer Cakelet
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