2022 Nursery Trends: 15 Baby & Kids Room Design Trend Picks

Goodbye 2021, HELLO 2022! At Project Nursery, another rotation around the sun means it’s time for our annual predictions for the top 2022 nursery trends and kids room design ideas to watch in the year ahead. Muted rainbows and Earth Mama vibes went hard in 2021, and while some may not be completely ready to say goodbye to boho, 2022 certainly has a lot of potential to knock it off the podium. Our team has come up with fifteen 2022 nursery trends to watch. Expect to see new textures, bold and rich colors, along with a whole lot of cool products. Bring it 2022, we’re counting on you!

2022 Nursery Trends - Project Nursery

1. Here Comes the Sun. ‘Cause who doesn’t love the sunshine? Cheerful and optimistic, suns will be the breakout icon of 2022.

Gold Sun Wall Decals in Nursery by @brittharrison_
Nursery by @brittharrison_ featuring Sunscape Decals
Sun Mural in Playroom by @n_designmoon
Playroom by @n_designmoon

2. Marble Walls. The enticing swirls of sophisticated marble aren’t reserved only for your kitchen or bathroom! We’re expecting marbling to take center stage in the form of gorgeous wallpapers.

Marble Wall in Girls Room by @heytherehaleigh
Girls Room by @heytherehaleigh
Marble Wall Mural 2022 Nursery Trends
Ophelia Wall Mural

3. Bouclé Textures. The nubby look of bouclé came on strong in pieces for the living room last year, and now it has made its way into the nursery too. We can’t think of a cozier fit!

Boucle Rocker in Nursery by @overdressedandlate
Nursery by @overdressedandlate featuring Compass Rocker
Pink Accent Wall and Boucle Swivel Glider in Nursery by @theblondewithabudget
Nursery by @theblondewithabudget featuring Madison Swivel Glider

4. Move Over Moody Green, It’s BLUE’s Turn. Our last year’s prediction that moody greens would be popular in the nursery was spot on. This year’s scene stealer will be our girl, blue. From dusty blue to midnight to just a little bit french country, we think the right blue can make a statement while also lending itself as a versatile neutral.

2022 Nursery Trends Blue Nursery by @trendykenziee
Nursery by @trendykenziee featuring Hudson Crib
Blue Accent Wall in Nursery by BRANDILMCQUEEN
Gender Neutral Accent Wall Dreamy Nursery by BRANDILMCQUEEN

5. The Butterfly Effect. Delicate and beautiful, the butterfly has become a metaphor for transformation and hope. Can’t think of a more welcome addition to 2022—bring on the butterflies!

2022 Nursery Trends Sweet Butterfly Decal Set
Sweet Butterfly Decal Set
Butterfly Migration Crib Sheet and Swaddle Blanket
Butterfly Migration Crib Sheet and Swaddle Blanket

6. A Classic Beauty is Back. Traditional style cribs have been in hibernation, but get ready for the return of a nursery classic.

Traditional Crib in Nursery by @jadenjohn10
Nursery by @jadenjohn10 featuring Light Green Botanical Foliage Wallpaper
Inset Framed Wallpaper in Nursery by @alexa.at.home
Nursery by @alexa.at.home featuring Meadow Floral Wallpaper and Abigail Crib

7. Kids Rooms Gone Wild. A walk on the wild side has popped up in bold ways within the playroom and the nursery. Cheetah prints, jungle and animal-inspired decor will be a breath of fresh air after a few years of minimalistic and monochromatic play spaces.

Leopard Print Mural in Nursery by MWappelhorst
Poppy’s Modern Leopard Nursery by MWappelhorst
Boho Jungle Themed Playroom by Melissa Carnicelli
Boho Jungle Themed Playroom by Melissa Carnicelli

8. Whose LINE is it Anyway. Skinny, thick, triple or solo, line wall decals are trending strong. We’ve said it time and time again, wall decals are the single best way too easily and affordably get your nursery or big kid room design off and running.

Twin Nursery by @kimberlyhope2 with stripe wall decals
Nursery by @kimberlyhope2 (similar decals)
Modern Comfy Southern California Nursery by TAYAUZ
Modern Comfy Southern California Nursery by TAYAUZ featuring Abstract Line Wall Decals
Nursery by @amandafloto featuring Skinny Line Boho Wall Decals
Nursery by @amandafloto featuring Skinny Line Boho Wall Decals

9. Wood Wall Games. Think board and batten but leveled up! From complex geometric designs to simple paneling, the traditional board and batten has met its match with these new and unique wood wall designs.

Nursery by @nicolekientz
Nursery by @nicolekientz featuring Hudson Crib
2022 Nursery Trends Nursery by @ourhappydeserthome
Nursery by @ourhappydeserthome featuring Light Green Botanical Foliage Wallpaper
DIY Wood Rust Rainbow Stripe in Nursery by @gfreakinpierce
Nursery by @gfreakinpierce featuring Hudson Crib

10. Return to Retro. Daisy prints and retro furniture has us feeling groovy. Sweet and funky, this trend is giving us all the feels.

Daisy Wall Decals in Nook by @weareforeverhome
Nook by @weareforeverhome featuring Daisy Wall Decals
2022 Nursery Trends Retro Flowers in  Nursery by @the.jonesy.life
Nursery by @the.jonesy.life

11. Color Us Happy. Bad news for Kim Kardashian, all neutral all the time will finally take a backseat as the re-emergence of color will reign supreme in 2022. Get ready for brighter, more playful colors to pop up in nurseries and playrooms all year.

Nook by @kellybachdesign featuring Terrazzo Wall Decals
Nook by @kellybachdesign featuring Terrazzo Wall Decals
Girls Room by @eclecticbohemebyjess featuring Bombora Wallpaper
Girls Room by @eclecticbohemebyjess featuring Bombora Wallpaper
Book Wallpaper in Reading Nook by @scillastudio
Reading Nook by @scillastudio featuring Leo’s Library Mural

12. Shades of Brown. Dare we say that darker wood tones are coming back? After years and years of Scandi-inspired light wood, dark wood is popping up in cribs, dressers and other furniture staples. Caramel, camel and other earthy brown tones will lead the way in layette and bedding.

Nursery by @katiedavis_spruce featuring Watercolor Leaves Wall Decals
Nursery by @katiedavis_spruce featuring Watercolor Leaves Wall Decals
Palma 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Palma 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Chestnut Textiles Muslin Crib Sheet
Photo by @annaelizabethgarvey featuring Chestnut Textiles Muslin Crib Sheet

13. Modern Cottage. A bit warmer than modern farmhouse with a sprinkle of granny-chic. Achieve this trend by incorporating sweet prints, a few fairy tale characters and loads of layers for a cozy, lived in feel.

Vintage National Park Theme Wallpaper
Vintage National Park Theme Wallpaper
Boys Room by @its.rachelanne featuring Classic Dino Wallpaper
Boys Room by @its.rachelanne featuring Classic Dino Wallpaper

14. Ahead of the Curve. We picked arches as one of or 2021 trends, and looks like it’s about to have a major glow up. Now bigger pieces like arched wood bed frames, curved gliders and round edged bookshelves are feeling so right now.

Delicate Floral Wallpaper with Boucle Glider in Nursery by @rachelsimpson__
Nursery by @rachelsimpson__ featuring Delicate Floral Wallpaper
Tuba Extra-Wide Swivel Glider
Tuba Extra-Wide Swivel Glider
Rounded Nursery Furniture Trend in Nursery Design by @harperhausinteriors
Nursery Design by @harperhausinteriors featuring Bohemian Palms Decals

15. The Crane. Birds have been a mainstay in nursery design—ducks, owls, swans, flamingos. Now we are seeing our feathered friend, the crane, having a major moment with one of our newest wallpapers popping up in nurseries, playrooms, hallways and closets, and we’re here for it!

Feather Flock Wallpaper with Storage System
Design by @_littlebitofgrace_ featuring Feather Flock Wallpaper
Feather Flock Wallpaper in Girls Room by @emcogle
Girls Room by @emcogle featuring Feather Flock Wallpaper

So what did you think of our 2022 nursery trends? Which is your favorite?

See past years’ trends: 2021, 202020192018201720162015

One comment

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    Such an awesome post! Thank you for sharing, I am loving the gender neutral accent walls and boucle’ textures most!

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