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Unique Nursery Decorating Ideas

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Unique Nursery Decorating Ideas

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:

Retro Color

Choose accent colors that give a nod to the past, such as a classic turquoise or a vibrant yellow.

Sweet Sleeps

For a vintage look, go for the DaVinci Jenny Lind stationary crib ($170; amazon.com). Room going too far retro? Balance the look with the mod Eden Baby Furniture Madison Crib. ($480; sears.com)

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.

Garden stepping stones rug from poshtots.com, $95

We covered this changing table with Egremont bird toile peacock wallpaper by Blue Mountain.

Blue Mountain Egremont bird toile peacock wallpaper from decoratetogo.com, double roll for $76

Bubbles the Cat and Berry the Bear from blablakids.com, $46 each

Young America Carolina stationary crib in sunflower from bedroomfurniture.com, $930

Lights up! Flight Series table lamp from sears.com, $150

Peacock throw pillow from Amazon.com, $70

Natural Beauty

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.

Bright Idea

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

Jennifer DeLonge Grand glider from weegobaby.com, $1,190

Marlow boudoir pillow from serenaandlily.com, $118

Plan Toys walking elephant from Amazon.com, $180

Knitted poufs from cb2.com, $90

Handmade paper butterflies from simply chic lily, $15 for assorted set of $15

Bold Moves

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

Nelson bubble lamp from hivemodern.com, $230

Graham & Brown Frames interactive wallpaper from Graham & Brown, one roll for $45

Somnat crib from ikea.com, $100

Skip Hop Mod Dot four-piece crib bedding set from diapers.com, $200

Zenith pillow from crateandbarrel.com, $40