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How to Pick a Theme for Your Baby’s Nursery

Creating a beautiful, functional nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing your home for a child. Picking a theme early can help guide your design and aid in decision making so you can finish your nursery in time. In fact, your theme should be decided before you put a drop of paint on the walls or buy a stick of furniture.

Use this guide from Pottery Barn Kids to choose a theme for your nursery that you'll love spending time in.

Start with a Favorite Color

Designing a nursery from an empty room can feel like a big job, but when you break down what needs to be done, you realize that it's just a bunch of little tasks that are quite easy to handle. One of the best ways to begin is to start with a color to guide you through the process.

Colors like dark blue, light blue, sunshine yellow and colorful greens can help you create a space that's kid-friendly, fun and easy to decorate. In many cases, the color you pick will help you decide on a theme later. For example, if you pick a rich blue, a nautical theme that features blue and white stripes may begin to take shape even without you realizing it.

These colors also lend themselves well to a variety of themes, so you don't have to be limited if you decide to mix it up down the road.

Let Your Hobbies Guide You

Although your children will develop their own interests and hobbies as they get older, when you're putting together a nursery, using your hobbies and interests can help you pick a theme that's fun for you and your new baby. When it comes to hobbies that can work in a nursery, almost anything goes if you get the style right.

A few examples of nursery-friendly hobbies might include bird watching, hiking, sports, music or the visual arts. You can also mix-and-match other elements in your nursery to create a space that your kids will love, like including wall art featuring lions, tigers and bears for a bird watching or nature theme.

Use Inspiration from Your Travels

Seeing new lands and going to exotic locales can provide a ton of inspiration for creative pursuits like designing a nursery for your baby. If you've picked up unique objects during your travels or took photos, you may be able to incorporate these into your nursery theme.

One excellent example would be printing and framing photos from a trip to a special place. Photos from family vacations and expeditions can make wonderful decorative objects for a nursery as well.

Using items you picked up during your travels as souvenirs can also give your nursery a worldly feel when added as decorative elements.

Choose a Classic Theme

Coming up with a unique theme for your nursery based on your hobbies and travels can be a lot of fun, alternatively, there are a variety of classic nursery themes that have become classics for a reason.

  • Nautical themes. Blue and white stripes, faux ship anchors, ocean blue paint and high-seas wall art can help you create this tried-and-true nursery style.
  • Under-the-sea themes. Fish, octopi, lobsters, squids; they're all fodder for fun, playful wall art, sheet sets, mobiles and more for your child's nursery. Use ocean blue paint and beach sand-colored trim to go the extra mile.
  • Jungle, forest or desert themes. Use colors for each from each of these locales like lush greens and bold browns. Animals, birds and trees can be painted right on the walls or utilized in decorative elements like blankets, sheets and framed posters.
  • Sunshine or moon themes. Easy to create and visually exciting for children, these are classic themes that can be utilized in natural or more exotic color schemes.

Add Timeless Elements

Picking a fun, exciting theme for a nursery can be very rewarding for a parent to be. Keep it simple; by adding some timeless elements to your baby's nursery, you'll create a space that’s enchanting without being over the top.

  • Choose a classic color-block or neutral rug for your nursery. Rugs help soften your space and tie furniture and fun design elements together. Neutral, durable carpet is also an excellent option.
  • Go for timeless, baby-safe window treatments in your nursery. You can decorate around window treatments so they'll never go out of style or clash with your theme as your child gets older.
  • Mix in less saturated colors for wall paint and trim. You can still get the effect of a beach, jungle or forest theme even if you pick a color a few shades lighter than real-life jungle foliage.

Getting your nursery ready for a newborn is an exciting prospect and a time when you can let your creative juices shine. With the right theme, you can craft the perfect space for you and your child to enjoy your first few years together.

Utilize these tips from Pottery Barn Kids to find the ideal option for your home nursery.

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