Natalie asked for help with paint colors after being overwhelmed with "typical boy nurseries." Her house is a super-cute bungalow with big windows and thick moldings. Right now she has an espresso-toned crib, and is looking for inspiration for the rest of the room.
I think it's important to keep in mind that nurseries don't have to be pastel, and everything doesn't need to be purchased from a baby store. Instead, I agree with Sarah Richardson that nurseries can be sophisticated rooms that will work for years to come, when the crib is swapped out for a real bed.
Here are some lovely nurseries to be inspired by:
Stripe it up!
|A fun way to do stripes without striping the whole room|
|This room is gender-neutral but could skew boy or girl based on styling|
|A boy would be happy here through his teen years|
|This room is fairly neutral, but has a lot of life|
|Even just one wall of stripes gives this room some oomph|
|Here, the stripes are on the ceiling and the walls alternate between crisp white and deep navy|
Sophisticated neutrals are nice, with pops of color
|I'm in love with these curtains. I've been looking at wallpaper in the same pattern.|
|The walls are dark, but the colors bring life into this cozy room.|
|Who says the art has to be baby oriented? And how about that chaise?|
|This is the most sophisticated nursery I've ever seen. I think I want it for my own room!|
|This nursery could easily be converted into an adult room|
|Gray walls are fun with pops of color and pattern|
Or just go bold on the walls!
|The white curtains and rug help tone down this very green room. |
The chair is a fun pop of an alternate color, too.
|A mix of alphabet letters is cute against the turquoise wall|
Graphic patterns are lively
|Nurseries are a good excuse for fun graphics fabrics.|
|The dark walls, the sophisticated wall stencil, the painted vintage dresser ... oh my.|
|Nurseries don't have to have soft colors. Why not go bold with color and patterns?|
How about some whimsy?
|The chair is so tailored, yet the barn door and lamp are so country.|
|How fun is a chalkboard wall?|
|The wall graphic and light fixture give this nursery a futuristic feel|
|White birch trees pop off the dark gray wall|
My #1 recommendation for a nursery
Do NOT buy a changing table! Instead, use a dresser or chest for that purpose, with a changing pad on top. They provide great hidden storage, and you aren't left with a piece of furniture you can't use once the child is potty-trained. Here are some examples:
|Everything in a nursery doesn't have to be new. This vintage dresser is perfect.|
|Turn an ugly dresser into a fun piece with bold yellow|
|IKEA's ubiquitous Hemnes Dresser doubles as the changing table|
|Even a vintage sideboard can serve the purpose!|
I'm sure there are a bazillion sources out on the interwebs for nursery design, but these I came across in a short amount of time: Project Nursery, Stella and Henry, Oh De Doh, Decor Pad, and, of course, Pinterest.
I hope I have given Natalie a bit of inspiration here. I haven't thought about nursery design in a decade and a half, so it was as fun challenge! Which room would you choose?
Click on the photos for links back to my sources.