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12 Nursery Trends for 2017

We’re still coming out of our holiday fog and scratching our heads as to how another year has whizzed by. 2016 was certainly interesting to say the least, and per usual, we had some all-star nurseries, parties and playrooms in the gallery to drool over. The creativity of our readers always floors us, and if our time spent scouring the internet, instagram and design mags is any indication, 2017 is looking to be one of the best years in design yet. So with that, it’s time to announce our annual nursery trends predictions for the year to come. Here are our top 12 nursery trends for 2017.

Big Format Florals. It’s no secret it was all floral all through 2016. But this year we expect to see this trend amped up a notch with oversized floral decals and three-dimensional floral wall art.

Crepe Paper Three Dimensional Flower Wall Decals in Girl's Toddler RoomMelisa Fluhr’s Toddler Transition Room featuring Crepe Paper Wall Flowers

Hand Painted Flower Mural Coral and Pink in Girl's Nursery with Framed Baby OutfitHand Painted Floral Wall Mural Nursery

Peony Wall Decals in Girl's Roomimage by littlewillemsens featuring Peony Wall Decals

3D Paper Flower Wall Decor in Girl's NurseryPalm Beach Lately Nursery

Aint’ No Mountain High Enough. Outdoors and adventure themed children’s spaces remain top trends, especially for gender neutral nurseries. But this year, those striking mountain peaks will become the big kahuna.

Modern Mountain Mural in Serene Nursery with Hot Air BalloonsNat’s Outdoor Inspired Nursery

Mountain Mural in Outdoor Themed Adventure Boy's NurseryModern Outdoor Nursery

Mountain Mural with Let Him Sleep Move Mountains Quote DecalReyn’s Rocky Mountain Retreat

Woven Wall Hangings. Boho vibes are still trending strong. In 2016, it was all about the Southwest, but this year our Boho trends have added a punch of glam. What really stands out are the textured wall hangings—woven, macrame, braided, feathers—it doesn’t matter. We love them all, and we see this trend continuing in 2017.

Feminine Southwestern Themed Nursery for a GirlFeminine Southwestern Nursery

Commissioned Piece by fiber artist Sally EnglandCommissioned Wall Hanging by fiber artist Sally England

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging with Copper Accents TutorialYarn Wall Hanging with Copper Accents Tutorial

Cactus. Who would have thought this thorny little sucker could be so cute! The cactus has come on strong and has officially kicked the arrow to the curb!

Boho Girl's Room with Cactus Accent Wall and Modern Colorful DreamcatcherBoho Chic Girl’s Room

Tellkiddo Black and White Nursery featuring Cactus Wallpaper image from Tellkiddo

Cactus Photos in NurseryAlexandra Evjen Nursery

Sweets & Treats. We’d like to welcome some fun and whimsy into our trend predictions, and it’s in the form of sugar! Sweet confections like donuts, ice cream cones and sprinkles are having their moment in the nursery.

Donut Silicone Teether

Donut Silicone Teether

Ice Cream Cone Wall DecalsIce Cream Cone Wall Decals

Donut Crib Sheet - I'll Eat You Up I Love You SoDonut Love Crib Sheet

Greenery Galore. The perfectly potted plants we’re seeing placed in the nursery have us flexing our green thumbs. The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is THE most coveted living design accent around these days.

Fern Wallpaper in Shared Boy Girl Twin NurseryUnder the Palms Nursery

Shared Boy Girl Twin Nursery Under the Palms Nursery

Rose Gold got Rosier? We called out Rose Gold as one of our 2016 trends to watch last year, and boy were we right on! We saw lots of glimpses of rose gold in the nursery, and this year this trend will go a step further and show up on center stage with cribs, accent tables and other furniture pieces.

Metallic Rose Gold Ellie Crib by Incy InteriorsEllie Crib

Rose Gold Decor in Girl's NurseryAria’s Boho Chic Nursery

Pat The Bunny. Swan who? The bunny is hopping on over and into the nursery.

Large Bunny Wall Decal in Whimsical Girl's NurseryWhimsical Girl’s Nursery

Birds and Bunnies Pastel NurserySleepy Eyes, Birds and Bunnies Nursery

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Nursery? Yes, Nurseries that Don’t Look Like Nurseries is a trend. The overly juvenille or overly fussy designs we’ve seen in the past will feel dated this year. The nursery of 2017 is simple, sophisticated and with just the swap out of the crib for a couch, could instantly become a living room.

Alexandra Evjen Sophisticated NurseryAlexandra Evjen Nursery

Emily Maynard's Black and White Sophisticated NurseryEmily Maynard’s Nursery

DIY Floral Mobiles. The statement wall has been a huge trend for many years. Now, the mobile is having its moment. And the best part is most of these beautiful creations are handmade, DIY projects.

Floral Wreath MobileA Serene and Calming Nursery for Selah Grace

Floral Wreath MobileHarlow’s Vintage Glam Nursery

Floral Wreath MobileEverlee Joy’s Coral, Gold and White Nursery

The Green Nursery. Pantone announced their color selection for the year a few weeks ago, and it’s causing us to see green in the future. This hue, in all shades, is great for gender neutral nurseries or for those that like an organic, earthy feel.

Black and White Nursery with Light Green AccentsKiera Kushlan Nursery

Black and White Nursery with Kelly Green AccentsOakley Peterson’s Nursery

Watercolor Accents. Watercolors have been gracing nursery artwork for a while, but now we are seeing bolder doses of watercolor through wallpapers and wall decals. The soft wash of color is the perfect match for a nursery space.

Watercolor Flower Jolie Wallpaper in Pink and Gray Girl's NurseryWatercolor Floral Nursery featuring Jolie Wallpaper

Watercolor Polka Dot Wall DecalsWatercolor Polka Dots Wall Decals

Watercolor Roses Baby Swaddle BlanketWatercolor Rose Swaddle

Well, that’s our nursery trends for 2017 forecast. What are you most looking forward to using in your own nursery? Or are you going to be the trendsetter for next year? We can’t wait to see!

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I am loving Project Nursery - so many great ideas here! Obsessing over the large stripped pillow and flower crib sheet in the “Under the Palms Nursery” picture. Do yo know where I can find those? I am actually in the process of decorating our third baby’s nursery (a boy) but love this for my 19-month-old daughter’s room.


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