Nursery decorating idea: Playing with polka dots

Move over chevron — a new pattern is on our trend alert for nursery décor. Polka dots are being spotted in stylish nurseries for tots. From playful to chic, see how to bring the look home.

Rainbow polka dots

Nursery decor - Rainbow polka dots

A polka dot friend

Not ready to go all in on the polka dot trend? Incorporate a few smaller touches like a stylish toy for your little one. From the rainbow circles to the soft jingle bell, Baby will totally dig this adorable leopard rattle (Layla Grace, $18).

Candy dot rug

The bright circles on this multi-color dot rug (The Land of Nod, starting at $300) adds just the right pop of color, while the gray background keeps it from going crazy. Your baby will love doing tummy time on this rug since the colorful circles will keep her occupied.

Colorful crib

For a crib that’s colorful without looking crazy, check out this rainbow polka dot crib sheet (Rosenberry Rooms, $54). The cheerful dots are a little more subtle than other bright polka dot colors and are easy to accent with other shades used throughout the room.

Up the walls

Sure, chevrons and stripes are awesome patterns to have on your nursery walls, but who wants to paint when they’re preggo and big as a basketball? These self-adhesive fabric confetti wall decals (Layla Grace, $60) are a snap to apply and easy to remove when your little one is ready for something different.

Mad for metallic (dots)

Nursery decor - Metallic polka dots

Modern mobile

Today’s modern moms want mobiles with contemporary style, but will still give the bambino something fun to look at in the crib. We’re obsessed with this gold dot rain cloud mobile (Etsy shop Baby Jives, $50).

Diaper changer

Diaper changing stations used to be a purely functional space for changing out diaper blowouts, but now they are a fun spot to incorporate some of the nursery decor. This gold dot changer pad cover (The Land of Nod, $35) has got to be one of the chicest options around.

Metallic dot decals

DIY metallic wall dots have been making their way around Pinterest and can be a fun nesting project if you have extra time on your hands. For an off-the-shelf option we like these metallic dot decals (The Land of Nod, $25). Space them in a traditional polka dot pattern or randomly spread them out. Do all one metallic shade or a mixture of gold, silver and white.

Airy drapes

I have the teal version of these drapes in our dream nursery which we absolutely adore, and the gold dot sheers (PB Teen, starting at $30) take the chicness factor up a level. Keep the room light and airy by using the sheers alone or combine with blackout curtains to keep the sun from waking up your little one.

A single shade of dots

Nursery decor - Polka dots

Polka dot circus

OK, so maybe your baby doesn’t need this polka dot play canopy (The Land of Nod, starting at $69), but it will look oh so cute in your space. Use it to play a game of peek-a-boo when your little bean starts crawling around.

Woodland whimsy

Storage is a must to help combat kid clutter and stylish bins can do double duty as decor. This graphic rabbit storage box (Polka Dot Peacock, $26) has the right dose of cuteness with the polka dot ears.

Spell it out

Wooden initials (Rosenberry Rooms, $13) make great wall art and are an easy way to give Baby’s room a custom flair. Spell out Baby’s whole name or group a single initial with other pictures on the wall for an eclectic gallery wall feel.

Cute baby gear

Having a hard time finding stylish baby gear that’s not covered in cutesy little animals? You’ll dig this polka dot and stripes Boppy pillow cover (Pottery Barn Kids, $30). The simple patterns will look great in Baby’s room and the luxe chamois fabric makes it extra cozy.

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