I wanted to design a gender neutral nursery for our soon-to-be first baby that was light and airy. We wanted a room that the child could grow into without feeling like we had to redesign in a couple years.
Everything started with the idea to paint stripes. I'm a graphic designer and wanted to design the wall art and do a lot of little touches myself, so colors and themes came from those ideas.
Not super modern, but not super traditional. Somewhere in between. I love light, clean and simple looks. I do want it to look like a baby lives in this room, but I like the grown-up touches.
The framed wall art was my own design, soon to be for sale in my design shop, Hatched Prints on Etsy. I got the over-the-crib poms from PomLove on Etsy. They have tons of colors to choose from and were very easy to put together.
The fabric garland over the glider has little clips to put all kinds of memories. Once the baby is born, it will be full of pictures. This was made by a local Greensboro shop, Total Bliss.
The alphabet sign is a thin plywood sign from Land of Nod. It comes unfinished, but I painted it white to match the furniture and then painted the letter l-o-v-e in blue to give it some interest.
Painting the stripes was amazingly tedious but worth the work. My tip is LOTS of frog tape and a really good laser level!
The tall dresser and toy chest were refinished from my own childhood nursery. We sanded down and painted white. The dresser had old, rusty brass pulls, and I couldn't find any that I liked, so I sanded them down and painted and distressed them to match the colors in the nursery. It was easy and came out better than expected. They are covered in hard mod podge to protect the finish.
The stripes on the wall bring the whole room together. It was the basis for the design, and I like that it's interesting enough that I don't feel the need to clutter the walls with other things.
Just be patient and don't settle for store-bought things you don't love. Doing some of the work yourself is very satisfying and makes it more unique.