At first, the idea of planning a nursery theme made me a little nervous.
But, as I started looking at rooms on Pinterest…the whole process seemed vaguely familiar to planning a wedding. I realized that there is a general formula and this was not going to be so tough after all.
I think everything is much less intimidating when broken into small parts. So, here’s my six small steps to picking a theme for a nursery or even any child’s room.
1. Figure out if you are going to learn the gender of your baby, or wait.
2. Pick a color or color-palette.
3. Pick a pattern (polka dots, chevron, stripes, basket weave).
4. Pick an animal. (monkey, elephant, owl, giraffe, farm animals, cows).
5. Pick a style (vintage, modern, traditional, western, whimsical).
6. Pick a childhood book. (Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom. Dr. Seuess. Chronicles of Narnia).
Our Nursery Theme…
1. Figure out if you are going to learn the gender of your baby, or wait. Wait.
2. Pick a color or color-palette. Yellow, gray, white…a little green, too.
3. Pick a pattern (polka dots, chevron, stripes, basket weave). Chevron.
4. Pick an animal. Owls.
5. Pick a style (vintage, modern, traditional, western, whimsical). Modern Farmhouse. (Don’t laugh, I’m seriously trying this.)
6. Pick a childhood book. (Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom. Dr. Seuess. Chronicles of Narnia). Little Owl’s Night
What’s the nursery theme?
This is the best part. Put the answers to those six questions together & we are ready to shop or hit up Pinterest. Here’s my theme summary:
We are doing a yellow, gray, white and green theme with chevron patterns. There will be lots of owls, and the overall look will match the rest of our farmhouse.
This chair that I recovered and this baby quilt with yellow owl fabric & green chevron border and this book shelf with owl flower posts are the completed parts of our nursery that I’ve been able to post so far. More posts coming in the next few months!
How did you pick your nursery theme?
Does breaking things down into smaller elements help you? Or, is it just me?
Was anyone else as excited about children’s books as this mama-to-be?
It’s a funny thing to pick out nursery themes. With our first, I based if off of the Eric Carle book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. With our second child, I didn’t decorate at all – but dreamed of ideas when we nursed during the quiet mid-night gatherings (you tend to treasure those quiet alone times once you have more than one kiddo). Almost 1 year after his birth, we’re just getting around to decorating. It’s fun to think/dream up a nursery… have you thought about making a mobile? Very fun for when baby is alert (2-5 months of age). I’m still working/hoping to complete one for our youngest!
Alaina! Hi! How are you doing? I’m guessing you’ve already seen the Eric Carle fabric line? Is that what inspired your room? I think that sounds like a typical 1st kid verses 2nd kid type situation. When #2 rolls around, you’ve got so much going on you can hardly see straight…much less try to do another nursery theme. I’m hoping this one will last a few kids 🙂
I thought about making a mobile, but then I found one on etsy that I fell in love with. My mother-in-law ordered it for us as a gift. It should be in soon!