Among the big trends in nursery design are using furniture not specifically designed for a baby's room, to include an unusual mix of colors that defy the gender of the baby and the addition of delightful wall decals. This room has all of these elements. The giraffe decal sports a fun print and the mixture of blue, hot pink, orange and yellow is vibrant. The wall unit, as well as the classic chair upholstered in a boldly striped fabric, could easily be found in a living room or den.
Nurseries can be accessorized with virtually any item that strikes your fancy. From a poster with inspiring words to a tray covered in a whimsical pattern.
One way nurseries are embracing a look outside the typical definition for these spaces is using fabrics not necessarily associated with a baby's room. Here the roman shades are made from Sungold, a sophisticated yet fun fabric by Thomas Paul. They are striking against the bright walls and fun paired with the charming tree wall decal.
This mirror would be fabulous in a living or dining room. Here it adds a big dose of sophistication, especially hung above a changing table. I actually find hanging a mirror at this particular spot amusing, what are you looking at? The terrible faces that are most likely being made while changing a stinky diaper?
Another trend in nurseries is the appearance of more simply designed cribs, changing tables and chairs. In the other direction, colors and patterns have certainly been energized!
The soft gray blue wall color, the baby's name spelled out in letters and the butterflies scattered around the walls are beautiful elements that could easily be in a more traditionally styled nursery. However, several other items used in the room make this nursery unique: the iconic George Nelson bubble pendant, the colorful tree wall decals and the modern crib painted in an unusal shade of dark green. When was the last time you saw a crib painted this color? These are the choices that make this nursery fresh and modern.
Here a bold gesture is created by painting one wall a bright golden yellow. A graphic Angela Adams rug is an equally strong element, with all the other pieces in the room playing supporting roles. The mid century modern inspired rocker is a far cry from the typical nursery glider, and the remaining pieces provide needed function with simple style.
If I were designing a nursery today I would start by finding inspiration from a great wallpaper. This wallpaper sets the tone for a simple design, reflected in the lines of the furniture and a simple yet sophisticated color palette.
I don't know if this is a nursery, but it could certainly be the starting point for one. I love these colors and the whimsical spirit brought into the room through the wall decals.
This sophisticated daybed is a great example of utilizing furniture not originally designed to be used in a baby's room. The piece is very traditional, but because it is used in a unconventional setting, it becomes fresh and modern.
There is a wonderful vintage feel to this nursery, yet it is also very modern because of the crib design, brightly striped blanket and the presence of a "fashion forward" rug.