If you are expecting a baby and can’t wait to design and set up their nursery, then make sure to include at least one item made of cane in your baby’s room. It’s one of the year’s top trends, and it is very much in line with the global obsession with all things natural and sustainable.
Indeed, if you are an avid reader of architecture and design trends, then you are probably already clued up on “biophilic design.” The latter focuses on strengthening the human connection with nature and blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors.
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For your baby’s very own abode, this could mean adopting elements such as eco-friendly bamboo furniture, reclaimed wood flooring and ceiling beams, and nature-inspired imagery in fabrics, walls, and décor.
Of course, the Great Outdoors is just one of many well-loved themes. Read on to discover more.
Traditional baby girl and boy themes still dominate the world of nursery design, with baby pink paint features, flowers, and soft pastels being chosen for girls. For boys’ rooms, meanwhile, it’s all about baby blue hues, vintage transport-themed imagery, and blue feature walls and rugs.
However, as is the case with the fashion world, which is now filled with beautiful gender-neutral collections, baby rooms are also embracing gender-neutral hues (think white, yellow, or green).
Consider themes like jungle animals, teddy bears, or planets. For something really special, a hand-painted mural in a theme like The Jungle Book can add an artistic touch to your child’s space. So, too, can features like stuffed animal safaris, rugged rattan rugs, and luxurious blankets featuring artwork in earthy tones.
If you are after fictional character inspiration, trending characters/themes include Winnie the Pooh, Moana, Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Star Wars.
One trend that goes well with gender-neutral design is transport-inspired décor. Boats, rockets, and trains add a lively touch to curtains, bedding, and wallpaper. One way to add a plethora of themed images without committing to them for life is the use of wall stickers.
Combine hot air balloons and airplane stickers with imagery of clouds and magic carpets. Include a few complementary pieces of furniture in your baby’s nursery. Wood-carved vintage vehicles and teddy transport cars in hues like coffee and white work well for both baby boys’ and girls’ rooms.
According to the Nursery Decoration Trends Report: Everything you need to know to create the perfect nursery in 2022, some of the most popular styles in decorative details include stars, bunting, flowers, pompoms, and macrame.
Bunting can be hung on walls in a single layer above framed artwork messages or images, or they can be placed in layers to fill a large space on the wall above furniture like your baby’s crib or storage furniture.
When it comes to pom-poms, make them numerous (think ten to twelve), multicolored, and extra-large, and place them on the ceiling in one corner of the nursery. Opt for pom-poms made of different materials (including yarn, tule, paper, and satin).
If smaller pom-poms are more your scene, opt for a pom-pom mobile, rug, or curtains. You can also spell out your baby’s initials with pom-poms to create your own bespoke wall decoration.
As for macrame, there are many designs that feature this material—including rainbow-shaped wall art, dream catchers, and baby mobiles.
A Touch of Fantasy
Fairytales never go out of style in nursery design. This year, just a few fantasy-inspired themes to take note of are mermaid, unicorn, and enchanted forest designs. What all these themes have in common is their connection to nature.
Mermaid and sea themes go well, as do unicorns and forest, and enchanted castles and verdant woods. To complement these designs, choose furniture pieces such as cribs, changing tables, and storage furniture in reclaimed wood or wood finishes.
In a Monochromatic Mood
Bold, bright colors are just as popular a choice as neutral, earthy ones, with top nursery designs displaying various tones of a single base for a peaceful, monochromatic feel.
For instance, if you select pink as your base color, you can have one wall in a pastel pink, another in pink wallpaper with sky- and star-shaped stickers, and a third wall with a little sparkle.
The final wall can be painted in a deeper pink to add depth and dimension to the space. For something a little special, consider using line drawings instead of stickers on your statement wall.
Marble adds a sophisticated, soft touch to nurseries and is a popular current choice for nursery statement walls. Imagine a pastel lavender marble effect wall married to white curtains and a pristine white brick-effect wall. Bedding and cushions can pick up on the pink hue of the wall in the form of flowers, animals, or fantasy-inspired imagery.
If soft and cozy are adjectives you would like your baby’s mind to conjure up as soon as they enter their room, then bouclé is a great choice for pieces such as corner chairs, poufs, and beanbags. This material is reminiscent of your child’s softest stuffed toy and also a cushiony soft material to sit or rest your feet on. If you like this look but don’t want to commit to it fully, choose just one cushion or two in this comforting material.
When it comes to nursery design, nature and sustainability are two of the hottest trends, as is the case in interior design as a whole. Sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood are being married to nature-inspired imagery and colors to lend a sense of calm and relaxation to your baby’s favorite room.
There are many more themes and styles that can inspire you, ranging from jungle to sky and star stickers, wallpaper, and bedding.
For something really original, consider unexpected touches such as the use of marble paint effects, monochromatic designs, or ultra-soft bouclé pieces. If you love the world of fantasy, choose from one of many characters and themes that celebrate the link between the natural and supernatural.