When it comes to today’s baby rooms, any theme goes, so get your imagination ready!
Past, Present, Perfect
Here's how to create a vintage space with a modern twist:
Choose accent colors that give a nod to the past, such as a classic turquoise or a vibrant yellow.
What's Old is New Again
Incorporate heirlooms. Don't have any vintage pieces? Look to Etsy and eBay and turn other people's treasures into your own.
Thrift Your Heart Out
Scour secondhand stores to find pieces you can update. The swivel rocker pictured above was plucked from the Salvation Army and given new life with a custom yellow slipcover.
Give it a Twist
Use strategically placed wallpaper, like on an armoire door, to take a basic piece of furniture to a whole diff erent level. Give a changing table a vintage look by painting it a lively color and then sanding the edges to mimic wear.
See more inspiring nursery set-ups.
We covered this changing table with Egremont bird toile peacock wallpaper by Blue Mountain.
Bubbles the Cat and Berry the Bear from blablakids.com, $46 each
Create your own Hundred Acre Wood using these design tips.
See the Trees
Decals are great, but don't be afraid to accessorize with real branches. You can even make a mobile by dangling crystals from choice pieces, hung out of baby's reach.
A Dash of Rustic
It's the accent pieces—a worn, deep chocolate side table, natural wood toys—that give this nursery a sense of comfort (and with style).
Think Outside the Forest
Just because you're doing a “natural” theme, don't rule out non-organic fibers. You may find a plastic chair or metal mobile could perfectly support your design. Adding varying textures will give the room more visual interest.
Find lighting fixtures that give a nod to Mother Nature: Try the faux bois (looks like wood) lampshades at lightsup.info, or look for a table lamp with a wood base that showcases the grain.
Silhouette canvas art from ellaandelliot.com, $72
Petit Collage bamboo tree mobile from diapers.com, $46
Say so long to pastels with these graphic looks
Pick Your Palette
Build your room around a piece of artwork, an area rug or a crib sheet with colors you love. Then create a cohesive look by grouping like-colored items. Just don't forget balance. If you go bold with an accent wall, tone things down with bedding or vice versa.
The New Neutral
Black may be the last color you think of for a baby's room, but used as an accent, it's key to creating a graphic look. The high-contrast shade will also stimulate baby's vision since it's one of the first colors he can actually see. Make it fun by using chalkboard paint as interactive decor that grows with your child.
Do That Again (and Again)
Repeating design elements, such as rectangles or stripes, pulls a room together. Be sure to vary their scale to keep the room from being overwhelmed by competing prints.
Keep it Simple
It's easy to overdo it when mixing bold colors and patterns. Combat that by picking furniture with straight, clean lines. Also, scale back on window coverings and keep bed linens to a minimum. One way to do that is to skip the bed skirt and bumpers (which is safest too), and splurge on fabulous fitted sheets.
Albert wall hanger from liapela.com, $50
Graham & Brown Frames interactive wallpaper from Graham & Brown, one roll for $45
Skip Hop Mod Dot four-piece crib bedding set from diapers.com, $200