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A Look Back at the Nursery Trends of 2012

Since we just wrapped up 2012, I thought it’d be appropriate to review the top nursery trends of the year! There’s no question that color played a big role in nursery design, but we definitely saw a few trends emerge in decor too. With so many wonderful rooms uploaded this year, I wanted to pay tribute to the trends that were so beautifully represented in the project gallery.

1. Chevron. Move over stripes, chevron is here to stay! If painting chevron on your walls seems intimidating (here’s a DIY), you can incorporate the pattern in your bedding, rugs and accent pieces too!

2. Trees. Bring the outside in! Trees aren’t just for the backyard any more. I love how this pink nursery used the fabric tree decal to frame the crib, and the little frames hang perfectly off the main branch.

3. Bunting Flags. Add a little festivity to your nursery with one of the biggest trends of last year. We saw bunting flags in pictures, parties and nursery decor! You can drape them along the tops of your walls like in this gray and yellow koala nursery to create a framing effect and add a whimsical feel to the room.

4. Tissue Poms. These lovely little color balls can be hung from just about anything! Pile them in the corner or group them above the crib like in this coral nursery—the teal hues just pop off that coral wall!

5. Alphabet Walls. It’s easier than learning your ABCs! Think of it as decor with a purpose; you can teach your kiddos the alphabet and decorate their rooms! You can find different shapes/sizes of letters or frame them for the perfect collage like in this beautiful neutral nursery.

I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings! Happy New Year, everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ross.neytiri Ross Neytiri

    Not to mention giraffes! I think giraffes were present in a lot of nurseries last year. Owls too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nella-Atkinson/100002029438307 Nella Atkinson

    No offense, but I hope chevron and buntings would say goodbye this year. I’m so ready to move on and see other new trends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nella-Atkinson/100002029438307 Nella Atkinson

    Yeah, I noticed the constant presence of giraffes too. Much like how owls were the year before that.

  • Gina

    And tissue pompoms! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesycka.fulton Jesycka Fulton

    I think it’s only chevron that got into trend last year. Tissue pompoms, bunting flags and tree decals have already been trending in nurseries since a few years back.

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