Bright, Colorful, Cheerful, Rainbow Nursery
Planning this nursery for my second son, Beckham was truly a labor of love. Knowing I would be using the same white furniture as my first son’s room, I wanted a totally different vibe for this nursery. The first time around I went with a “Neverland” theme, using tons of neutral and light colors. Noticing that there are TONS of neutral nurseries out there, I decided to go in the opposite direction and use all bright colors. After all this is a kid’s room, and I wanted it to be fun.
Another thing I also knew was that I didn’t want to use traditional nursery artwork. I LOVE the photos of the baby animals, but have seen them used a million times now, so I started searching on Etsy for animal prints that weren’t necessarily geared towards nurseries. I came across Jonas Loose Art and completely fell in love with his whimsical prints. I loved them so much I posted a bunch on my instagram stories to let my friends help me pick some favorites. Those became the jumping off points for the entire room.
The easy thing with this room was that because I knew I wanted it to be so colorful, I didn’t have to worry much about “matching” items or a color scheme. Instead, I just got to pick things I loved and put them together. I had been following Cuddle and Kind for a long time on instagram and love how they help children in need, so I knew I wanted one of their dolls. I also came across The Trendy Timber on instagram and fell in love with their wooden name signs, so that was something I purchased early on. I continued searching and would buy the decor and accessories as I found them, mixing things from small shops, local stores, and big online retailers.
My number one piece of advice to new mom’s designing a nursery is don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing. I love a neutral color palette (hence the white furniture), but wanted this to look and feel like a kid’s room, not just another room in my neutral house. My other piece of advice is if you find something you love, but can’t find where to buy it, consider making it yourself. I found another nursery on Pinterest with an art print I loved, but when I couldn’t source it, I had my incredibly talented sister create it for me. Same goes for the orange tassels at the end of the rainbow garland. I made those myself when I couldn’t find one that already had tassels attached. Lastly, don’t think you have to buy baby furniture. I would rather invest in a dresser my son can grow into, so this one came from Pottery Barn Teen instead of Pottery Barn Baby.
Overall, I am in love with the end result. It’s exactly what I was hoping for in terms of how cheery and bright it is. I can’t wait to snuggle my little man in here!