Since we don't know our baby's gender, we decorated the nursery in bright, neutral colors - aqua/teal, orange, yellow and green. We furnished and decorated the space on a budget, so most of the projects for the room were DIY. You can see more pictures of our nursery on my blog at http://icecreamoffpaperplates.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/baby-kopps-nursery-finally-finished/.
My inspiration was keeping the space neutral, but not wanting to have a theme like animals or book/movie characters. I also didn't want to use pastel colors. So I decided on a handful of bright colors and created the room from there.
Simple, a little shabby chic.
Bedding/changing pad cover - Land of Nod
Rug - Urban Outfitters
Book shelving - Ikea
Cubby wall shelf - built and painted by my husband, Richard
End table - already owned, painted it bright aqua
Dresser - bought used on Craigslist, painted it white and changed the hardware
Glass dresser knobs - Anthropologie
Chandelier - Pottery Barn Teen
Bunting banner - made myself with a variety of fabrics and ribbon
Lampshade - plain white shade from Target that I decorated with yellow, aqua, and green ribbon
Toy chest - from a local unfinished wood furniture store that we painted white
Glider chair - Walmart
Ottoman pouf - custom ordered from Etsy
Pillows - Target, Land of Nod
Wall art - "How Wonderful Life is Now You're in the World" print from Etsy; "What Would Superman Do?" print designed and framed by me and my husband; New Jersey "Grown in the Garden State" print designed and framed by me; Dog artwork made by me with chalk pastels.
Letters and numbers in vintage frames - My husband cut the letters and numbers out of wood and I covered them in different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper. We hung them inside a set of vintage frames that I purchased from Etsy.
Mobile - Mamas and Papas brand from Babies R Us.
My favorite item is the cubby wall shelf that my husband built. I love the bright aqua color of the back of the shelves and it's a great storage item that doesn't take up space on the floor. I also love the ottoman pouf and the letter/number wall art that my husband and I made for above the crib.
Pick your colors or an item that inspires you and build the room from there. Look everywhere for ideas - Etsy, catalogs, Project Nursery, and Pinterest.