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Oh, baby! Design trends for your nursery

February 12, 2015

  You’re preparing for a new arrival, but what will your infant’s haven look like? A baby’s room has changed over the years. To help you get started with the planning and decorating, here are some design trends for your nursery. Popular paint colors for nurseries The color choice is the first step in planning your nursery décor. Today’s nurseries are no longer dictated by pastels. Go bold. Go neutral. Earthy tones and navy blue have become popular paint colors for nurseries. And these color choices provide more longevity, beyond infancy. You can easily find bedding and decorative accents to complement any of these color palettes in your nursery. Trending crib styles Your infant will be spending most of his or her time in the crib, so your choice is critical. Parents-to-be are now looking to get more long-term value from the investment, so they’re showing a strong preference for convertible cribs that convert from a crib to a toddler bed, and possibly even into a twin bed. Eco-friendly cribs reflect the commitment to preserving the environment by using sustainable materials, like bamboo and teak. Manufacturers recognize the design trends and are offering a wide range of crib styles, from country cottage and vintage to contemporary and novelty—everything from Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage to an airplane. Creature comforts In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of birds taking flight in nurseries. The wise owl has been a popular decorative accent, but the current critter of choice is trending toward the fox. It might be the result of the song, "What Does the Fox Say?" or the fact that the cleverness of the fox is trumping the wisdom of the ubiquitous owl or the free-flying birds soaring across the walls and ceilings of recent nursery décor. Distinct lines Chevrons, stripes, arrows—are popping up on the walls, ceilings, flooring, and decorative accents in nurseries. You can soften the lines with colors, like a warm gray with yellow or turquoise, or go bold with any vibrant color coupled with white. You won’t have any difficulty finding nursery décor if you choose geometric patterns in your baby’s nursery. The writing’s on the walls Do you want more inspiration in your baby’s room? Consider adding a rub-on wall decal with a quote you like. They’re easy to apply, and you can get your wall decal customized, including your baby’s name and birthdate. And they’re easy to remove. You can also frame quotes or children’s book covers to accent your theme. Decoupage a large letter (like your infant’s initial) or use three-dimensional letters to make your message stand out. Like your baby, the nursery will change. You’ll add new items to make this space fit your growing baby. Keep your mind open and don’t be afraid to try something new!  

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