Longevity through design
The biggest trend in baby nurseries right now is themes that transition from baby to toddler with minimal effort. "What's in now is not being trendy," says New York-based interior designer Jessy Krol of jessykrolinteriors.com. "Because of the economy, parents are choosing themes that their kids can happily live with until they are 10 or 11 years old. Designs that emphasize quality and longevity are key."
Krol suggests that jungles, safaris and simple patterns may take your baby's nursery from infant to tween with minimal redecorating. These are also great unisex themes if you plan on children sharing a room.
Nurture through nature
This year, nurseries across the country will bring Mother Nature indoors. Owls, birds and trees in a variety of colors, from soft to bright, and in patterns make even the retro version of these designs fresh and new.
Large dots and thick stripes are mixed and matched to give nurseries a modern twist. Tie the room together with pillows and curtains of coordinating colors, as well as similar shapes of different sizes.
Whether you splash your wee one's entire name across a wall or just focus on a sophisticated monogram, using your baby's name as the theme in the room spells out the perfect ambiance.
Find balance for your infant's nursery with an Asian-inspired motif. Silk fans, paper lanterns and cherry blossoms, mixed with baby-soft colors, give nurseries the mystical feel of the Far East.
Whether your baby's a future rocker or still a twinkle in your eye, decorating his room with a star theme can make your wishes for a perfect nursery come true. Pick up crib bedding that features bold, bright stars and add some of the same to the walls with vinyl wall clings or paint.
A nursery focused on boats will fill the wind in your sails as your sweet pea becomes the captain in the Land of Nod. Complete this theme with curtains in sailing stripes and a porthole window for a nautical look that will float long past the toddler years.
Choosing an animal, such as an elephant, giraffe or puppy, as the creature comfort your newborn's nursery needs. Wall art, crib bedding and switch plate covers paired with solid décor in coordinating colors will keep this theme from going wild.
Regardless of which you choose, amp up the longevity of your baby's nursery theme by sticking with simple, solid coordinating pieces that can transition with your child. You never know when tastes -- yours or your kiddo's -- may change, regardless of age!
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