We all want the best for our children, and somehow when we are pregnant and nesting this manifests itself in getting the nursery ready. Sure, you could put some furniture in a room and call it a day, but that’s not quite our style. We are unique individuals and we know our children will be the same. Because of this, I’ve put together a list of X ways you can make your nursery into its own unique space.
Pick a theme
Okay, this one isn’t exactly unique, since everyone chooses some sort of theme for the nursery, but choosing the right theme can really make your nursery stand out. Here are some brilliant ideas I found around the web to get your creative juices flowing.
Our nursery in our first home had a Southwest theme. We chose this theme because we both attended college in the high desert of Arizona and absolutely loved the scenery and wildlife. The theme ended up as quite a bold statement (see below), but we have received more compliments on this room than any other part of the house.
Find 1-2 pieces that you spotlight
This rug is actually how we came up with the Southwest theme for Destructo’s room. I found this gorgeous and highly creative pinata rug through Pinterest and we absolutely had to have it. Sometimes a statement piece that you love will give you inspiration for the rest of the room.
Here are some other statement rugs that you can spotlight in your nursery.
If a rug isn’t your jam, maybe look into spotlighting a rocking horse, sheep, or tauntaun!
Have a statement wall
This was the route we took because we happened to be friends with an incredibly talented artist. Actually, he’s my cousin’s best friend, but she has the best taste, so we couldn’t help but claim him as our own too! We took Sean out to dinner one night and asked if we could commission him for a painting. We were thinking of a large wall hanging, but it turned out he’s a muralist! How could we say no?
It was such a blast to work with Sean. He took our ideas and brought them to life. He has such an incredible eye for detail, that it feels as if you’re in a natural history museum. We couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. You can check out his other work via his website: https://seanburke.carbonmade.com/.
Now, I understand that most of us aren’t in a position of having a friend who is a talented artist. But honestly, you don’t need a Disney-level mural to make your nursery into a unique space. A little bit of paint or paper can transform the room into a magical oasis. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Incorporate some wall hangings
Paint and paper might be a stretch for some of us. We didn’t have our nursery finished until Destructo was 2 months old! If you’re like me and wait until the very last minute, I’m assuming you may want a quick and easy fix to get the nursery complete. In come the wall hangings! Pictures, drawings, wood, macrame…the possibilities are endless, and the time it takes to put them up is minimal!
Here are some fun ideas to get you started.
Fun Fact: We found a gorgeous woven parrot mask at Aymara gallery in the Galapagos. This gallery has some incredible artwork, their tapestries were what drew us in. We desperately wanted a tapestry, but they were all out of our budget. Instead, we decided on a parrot mask, which I’m in love with. They don’t seem to have our same one listed, but here are some similar items:
Take the mobile to the next level
The mobile is probably one of the most used items of decor in a nursery. Why not kick it up a notch by choosing a mobile that fits the nursery theme? There’s plenty to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that works well in the space. Just make sure you hang it outside of baby’s reach.
Nurseries can be such a fun space, so don’t play it safe! It’s okay if the nursery doesn’t match the rest of the house. You’re creating the first environment that your child will spend the majority of their time. Give them (and you) some fun and unique things to look at.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you did to make your nursery unique. Leave a comment below!