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7 Hanging Nursery Decor Ideas

Decorating a nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for the arrival of a new baby. After all, the nursery is likely to be the most whimsical room of your home, so this is where you get to let loose with your most creative design ideas. To help you create a playful environment for your little one, we at Pottery Barn Kids have compiled this list of hanging decorations for nurseries. Ready to get inspired? Here we go.

1. Mobiles

Baby mobiles are perhaps the most popular type of hanging decoration for nurseries. There are two main types of mobiles available: ceiling-mounted mobiles, which are suspended from the ceiling and crib-mounted mobiles, which are designed to be attached to the side of the crib. Although both types consist of dangling toys that are intended to entertain and stimulate your baby, crib-mounted varieties tend to have more complex designs than their ceiling-mounted counterparts. Mobiles come in hundreds of designs, so you're sure to find one that ties in with the theme of your nursery.

2. Photographs and Artwork

Use framed photographs and artwork to create a statement wall in your baby's nursery. The key to creating a visually-interesting arrangement is to mix-and-match different media. You could, for example, place photographs of your family alongside canvas prints and framed illustrations from a favorite children's book. If you'd like your statement wall to have a more uniform look, you can choose a single theme and create a gallery of photographs or artwork that fits the theme.

3. Garlands

Making a decorative garland for the nursery is a great way to get older children involved in preparing for the new baby. Garlands can be made with anything from cardboard cut-outs to pom poms, so don't be afraid to get creative! Best of all, garlands are super-easy to make -- all you need is decorations, some string and a needle. If making a garland is not for you, there are many premade options to choose from that will match any theme. Hang your garlands along the wall, or use them to decorate your baby's crib.

4. String Lights

String lights aren't just for the holidays. Also known as fairy lights or twinkle lights, these simple decorations create a dreamy, ethereal glow wherever they're placed. Hang them from the ceiling to transform your baby's room into a magical space, or drape them across a corner of the room to brighten up a reading nook. Tiny fairy lights can be used to illuminate a name sign or a crib canopy.

5. Paper Flowers

Decorating with paper flowers is an excellent way to add dimension to a wall display. There are many types of paper flowers available, from simple cut-outs to intricate designs embellished with glass beads, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Try hanging a few large paper flowers around your baby's name sign or creating a bouquet of flowers on the wall, complete with paper leaves. You can also group several brightly-hued paper flowers on a wall to add a pop of color to a neutral room.

6. Tapestries

Tapestry wall hangings add warmth, texture and color to a nursery. Traditionally woven from cotton and created on a jacquard loom, these timeless wall decorations are available in a wide variety of playful patterns to match any nursery theme. A tapestry wall hanging can be used as a decorative accent or as the focal point of a statement wall. Personalized tapestries are also available and make great alternatives to wooden and metal name signs.

7. Canopies

Not only does a crib canopy add a touch of softness to a nursery, but it can also serve as the focal point of the room. There are three main types of crib canopies: attached canopies, ceiling-mounted canopies and wall-mounted canopies. Attached canopies are mounted directly onto the crib, while ceiling-mounted canopies are suspended from the ceiling over the crib. Wall-mounted canopies are similar to ceiling-mounted canopies, but they are hung from a wall as opposed to a ceiling. Canopies are available in a wide selection of colors, prints and patterns to suit either a girl's or a boy's nursery. If you don't yet know the sex of your baby, consider purchasing a canopy in a gender-neutral color like yellow, grey or beige.

Hanging decorations in your baby's nursery is the easiest way to energize the space and create a nurturing environment for your new arrival. The above ideas will help you design a space that's all baby's own.

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