At the end of every year, the media asks us, “What’s next in nursery design?” We take time to ponder, we look back and then we have a big ol’ healthy debate as we work to set our editorial calendar for the upcoming year. Through this entire process, we take cues from our inspiring community who are creating, designing, purchasing nursery furniture and baby products and showcasing them in our Project Gallery. Now this is where the real trends start to emerge, making way for what’s hot for the year ahead. So here you have it, Project Nursery’s 2014 Trends in Nursery Design.
Navy is the new neutral. Navy is definitely giving gray a run for its money in 2014—from walls and paint to bedding and even diaper pails.
We’re seeing stars…everywhere. They are even better when metallic.
Cribs with personality. From traditional and tufted to embellished with moldings or, yes, even rhinestones, people. Simple cribs will always have a place in a modern home; however, expect to see unusual cribs take center stage this year.
Black over white. This goes for furniture, wallpaper and paint. More parents are daring to be different and bold with dark sophistication.
Return to tradition. Old world charm is revived as we see the classic nursery making a comeback.
Chevron still going strong. Sorry, but you can’t avoid it…still. It’s a touchy subject amongst the Project Nursery team, but we all get it. We really do, and we won’t fight it.
The more the merrier. Siblings sharing the nursery or parents living with a crib in their master bedroom is simply a modern day reality. It’s not always about the nursery these days; it’s about a growing family and making what you have work in the most creative, multi-purposed ways possible.
image from A Cup of Jo
Preference for purple. Some moms aren’t pink ladies, and that’s okay. Many parents are choosing soft shades of purple and lavenders as the nursery color of choice for their little girls. And ladies, Pantone agrees with you, too. After all, “Radiant Orchid” is the color of the year.
What does the fox say? For the last five years, we’ve been trying to dethrone the nursery owl. Maybe it will finally happen with the help of a chart-topping dance hit? Will nursery decorating parents catch on? If you aren’t into foxes, go with the arrow symbol; really, we think that is cool, too.
Cabin fever. Now take your cute little fox, along with your bow and arrow, into a cabin in the woods, ahem, I mean nursery. Pallet walls, rustic wood finishes, warm plaids and faux taxidermy of all shapes, colors and materials are officially the new nursery norms.