You’re having a baby! Whether you know if you are having a girl or boy, this is an exciting and stressful time for you. Let us ease the stress and bring the fun back with a few trendy and DIY nursery designs for your new babe.
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Big Bold Stripes:
Do away with the predictable pink walls and dive into something new and exciting. Gresham Painters report that stripes are already a huge hit this year and can lay groundwork for a very classic looking nursery. By using big bold navy blue and white stripes, you can use solids in the rest of the room and introduce gold moldings on the crib and windows for a slightly nautical but classy finish. Stripes and patterned walls can be tough to pull off on your own.
This theme has been around since Disney first put out Snow White in the 30s but now with new DIY ideas you can bring this look up to date. Canopies are a must in every princess room but pink is not. Although a popular choice among the Disney princesses through time, pink doesn’t have to adorn the walls of your little princess’s nursery. Explore pale grays, yellows, or blues instead. They can be soothing for lulling babies to sleep and can also be jazzed up with pink or girly accents like throw pillows and painted rugs. If you have wood floors, painted rugs are all the rage. Decide on colors, a pattern and size you’d like your “rug” to be and get started. Paint the floor the way you’d like and let dry. Follow the instructions for whether you need a top coat or not. Just wash with soap and water as you normally would. The best part about painted rugs besides how awesome they look is that you don’t have to worry about tiny feet tripping or slipping and sliding.
Blue is a clear choice for this nursery, but the color fun is in the decorating. Brightly colored fish, octopuses, turtles and dolphins can be painted on the walls; perhaps with stuffed versions on shelves throughout the room. Yellow painted wood floors look like sand and a whale or jelly fish mobile can be made and hung over the crib. There are an array of starfish pillows and other underwater themed comfy quilts on the market to make the room cozier. To give this room a girlish spin, paint the crib pink and add sparkles on the ceiling to give the illusion you are actually under water and the sun is shining and sparkling through.
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Make your little man feel like a hero from day one. Color-rich red, blues, yellows and whites are the order of the day for comic book themes. If you’d rather take a subtler approach with the walls, we recommend a pale yellow and introduce a color punch of red and blue accents. A great DIY idea is a superhero wall initial. Wall initials are popular at most decorating stores and can be altered to fit your needs. Grab a few of the comics you want to use and start cutting out pictures and strips you’d like to have on your son’s initial. Once you collected enough to cover the letter, ‘Paper Mache’ the whole thing in different directions. It will come out looking awesome and be a perfect addition to any future hero’s nursery.
Dark blues and browns are best for this boyish version of our underwater adventure. A pirate ship built (for the ambitious) or painted on the wall can transport your little boy to his favorite stories of swashbucklers and treasure maps. By integrating an old antique travel chest as his toy chest, he’ll feel like he’s finding treasure every time he opens it.
Whimsical Literary Nursery:
Where else are children begging for bedtime stories or dreaming of their favorite literary characters than in their bedroom. By ‘framing the classics’ you can bring these stories to life. Frame the covers of classic childhood books like Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss or Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. To create a more whimsical feel, stick with light purples or grays and punctuate the walls with 3D DIY art. Paper origami cranes flying through the clouds in a flock across the wall create an awesome look that will captivate any child’s imagination.
Regardless of what design you choose, your child will be immersed in fantasy and fun. In fact, as they grow older, they’ll love their rooms so much they may not even fight you at bedtime.
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