It can feel like all the nursery design advice out there is about finding the “cutest” items for an “adorable” room. But isn’t everything kid-size inherently… cute? Can’t we raise our decor standards a bit and aim for child-friendly pieces that are also creative, unique, well-designed — even (dare I say?) elegant? I know it sounds like a lot to ask from a room that’s often relegated to the overly cutesy realm of rainbow-colored everything, plastic toys and chevron. (Please don’t get me started on chevron.)
It is possible to create a nursery that looks neither like a Toys R Us on Black Friday nor your aunt’s Pinterest board circa 2009. All you need are a few key items to take the aesthetic from Elmo to elevated. Ahead, you will not find: chalkboard paint, plastic overload, gender-arbitrary pastels or anything involving Mason jars. What you will find are innovative designs, recycled and recyclable items and veritable pint-size works of art — all in muted neutrals and chic pops of neon you’ll be proud to display in your home, not shove into kiddo’s closet whenever guests come over. Because 2019 is upon us, and every new year is a chance for a new style. Besides, doesn’t your budding artiste deserve better than chevron? At the very least, your house does.
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A version of this article was originally published in November 2017.