We asked readers to show us their babies’ rooms and discovered that Triangle nurseries reflect national trends, favoring neutrals, whites and decor that will grow with the youngster. Here are edited examples:
Handmade quilt inspired decor
We wanted something our baby boy could grow with, so we started with two colors, grey and aqua. There is a slight nautical feel with textures, a nod to animals and a few touches of gold. Everything ties back to the handmade quilt made by Katie’s mom. Our son’s joyful personality matches the pops of bright color and love built into the room!
Stephen and Katie Chalk
A theme to grow with
I planned every detail of my son Avery’s bedroom before he was born. I found crib bedding I loved on Pinterest, and sewed it all myself. I found construction-related vinyl wall stickers and prints from different Etsy sellers. We moved when Avery was 10 months old, and I was more than excited to perfect his nursery at the new house. I love the bright, geometric designs, and a theme he can grow up with.
A family tree
Leaf green and yellow seemed bright and cheery for a child and would go well with pink if she was a girly-girl and would be fine together if she wasn’t. I got four sets of Roommates decals from Target and created some “trees” for her room that matched the design on a baby shower invite I made. I used some extra cards and envelopes to make labels for her dresser drawers and storage bins.
Fun and feminine on a budget
We wanted to create something fun and feminine while not overdoing it on the cost or the pink. The crib we purchased (on sale!) is a convertible one that can grow with her, and the dressers are refurbished wicker that I had as a child. All together, our nursery cost us less than $500! I love the choices we made!
A girly space
I definitely wanted my daughter’s nursery to be girly and pink, but also to be modern. The sleigh crib is convertible. The pint-sized Louis chair is decorative now and good for tea parties later. Little touches like a monogrammed tissue box, pink chandelier and favorite toys make this room special to me now and, I hope, to her in the future.
Bright colors without paint
We wanted to introduce bright colors into our daughter’s nursery without having to paint walls, so we used easy-to-remove items such as wall decals, floating pom-poms and a vibrant colored rug. As a toddler, her favorite thing to do is stand in the crib and point at the birds and flowers (a camera allows us to capture her every move!). Anything we would do differently? Add family photography.
Stylish, gender-neutral space
We did not find out the sex of our baby until birth. I wanted a stylish nursery but on a budget and gender-neutral. The furniture and mirror were either purchased used or handed down from family. The other accessories came from our baby shower, childhood memorabilia or items around the house. The letters on the wall were painted from leftover paints from other projects and a few cheap small bottles were purchased at a local craft store.
↑ Canvas mural defines space
I am an interior designer. This nursery was done for a baby boy. My clients purchased the crib and the bedding, then I did the rest of the room around it. We decided to do a woodland scene for a wall mural, which was actually painted on canvas, so it can be taken down when they decide to change the decor. It could be reused if they have another child or decide to move to another house.
Their little boy is going to be changing soon to a bigger bed (we most likely will use a daybed with storage underneath and change the bedding), and we plan to put a table and chair set in the room. We probably will keep the mural for a while, but as their little guy grows, we will remove it and paint the wall. The window treatment can be easily changed to something more age appropriate, and the dresser and bookcase can also easily be painted a color more suitable for a growing boy.
↑ New use for an armoire
This sweet Edwardian-era nursery has been a much-loved space for our two boys and now, our princess. My favorite trick is the use of an armoire (anchored to the wall) as the changing table. It was difficult to find one deep enough for the changing pad, but I am so glad we were able to do that. The flea market, antique stores, eBay and Etsy are great sources for furniture and extras.
→ Quality furniture paid off
This nursery is our son’s, born December 2010. We picked a bold turquoise, hoping it would grow well from baby to toddler. We’ve made few changes as he’s grown, only replacing the low white shelf under the window with a train table around age 2. Soon he’ll be sharing a room with his big sister when baby No. 3 arrives; we think this bright nursery will work perfectly well for either a baby brother or sister. Best design choice: high-quality, neutral baby furniture!
↑ Bold but not ‘babyish’
I wouldn’t change a thing in my baby’s nursery. I wanted a room that was bold and sophisticated and not “babyish.” The room makes me smile every time I enter, and I enjoy spending time in there.
↑ Playful but not childish
My primary objective was keeping the nursery playful but not too childish. Grayson is now a toddler, and we have added some additional toys and a pouf, but all the basics are still working for us. Keeping the room a neutral gray but adding in pops of color has contributed to the room’s shelf life as well as the fact that the room fits in with our house’s overall style.
Tracy Kalman Jordan