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4 Simple Design Concepts That Will Boost Your Nursery Ideas to the Next Level

I will bet you a year’s worth of diaper changes that your newly-pregnant brain has been flooded with nursery ideas in the last few months.

  • Will there be elephants? or giraffes? Circles? or Straight lines? Pooh bear? or BB-8?
  • Should I choose a bold color scheme? Or stick with gender neutral?
  • I’m renting and can’t paint the walls. Can I still have a stunning baby room? Or is it born to be blah? 

In other words, how do you pull everything together to create an overall nursery design that actually looks amazing? Like, just perhaps, Joanna Gaines is a close personal friend and did it for you?

Easy! Just think through these four nursery decor concepts!

Sample Nursery Ideas Mood Board:
Into the Woods!

In order to best demonstrate how all these baby room ideas come together, I’ve created two Into the Woods mood boards for you to look back on. Let’s start with those, then I’ll break down the concepts and you can see how everything fits together to create something gorgeous.

Into the Woods Nursery: A Boy’s Wilderness

Welcome your son with a room that will incite him to explore the adventurous landscape from the safety of your own home. It’s ready and willing to tingle his sense of conquering exploration!

1. Tree Stump Laundry Hamper | 2. Collapsible Toy Basket 
3. Navy Dresser | 4. Lil’ Man Cave Sign | 5. Woodland Cuddle Blanket 
6. Dome Light | 7. Fox Pillow Cover | 8. Tree Bookcase 
9. Compass Rocking Chair | 10. Woodland Swaddlers | 11. Beaver Caddy 
12. Gray Rug | 13. Peeking Animal Art | 14. Fox Hooks 
15. Gray Convertible Crib | 16. Navy Triangle Crib Sheets

Into the Woods Nursery: A Girl’s Wonderland

Prepare for your little princess by taking inspiration from a misty wood! Here’s an example of a mood board that’s less robust-and-get-em and a bit more soft-with-fairies.

1. Woodland Hamper | 2. Closet Clothes Dividers | 3. White Spindle Bookcase
4. Birds on a Branch Hook | 5. Woodland Wall Art Set
6. Nursing Pillow Cover | 7.  Bear Pillow Cover | 8. Fox Pillow Cover
9. Gray Book Tree | 10. Glider Rocker | 11. Arrow Rug
12. White Crib | 13. Changing Table | 14. Bunny Lamp
15. Room Darkening Shades | 16. Woodland Crib Bedding

The Fab-Four Design Concepts
for Nursery Designs

Since most of us don’t live near Waco, TX, so will never know the pleasure of a Fixer Upper baby room, I thought I’d offer a useful replacement. Let me lay out the four design concepts that the experts, *cough* Joanna *cough* use to create stunning nursery decor.

Nursery Decor Concept #1: Choose Your Theme

A theme is when you have something in mind for the overall “feel” of the room. Let those motherly hormones do the work! Close your eyes and think about what would make your heart skip when you walk into the room to put your baby down to sleep. (If you’re still not sure, this article may help!)

  • Is it nautical with boats and anchors everywhere?
  • Is it frilly with a lot of hearts and flowers?
  • Do you want the feel of the jungle?
  • Maybe your “theme” is just  a color—like orange or blue.
  • Not finding out what the gender is? Think about baby room ideas that use neutral colors, like this stars and moon nursery.
  • Or perhaps you want to focus on a character like Winnie the Pooh or The Cat in the Hat?

If you’re still stumped, our Nursery Ideas Pinterest Board can provide some additional inspiration. (Don’t forget to follow us while you’re there!) I chose a woodlands nursery theme to use as our nursery decor example.

Nursery Decor Concept #2: Choose Your Colors

The next step you’ll have to make in narrowing down your nursery ideas, will be to decide on a color scheme.

This is usually the step that freaks me out the most…which is why I cheat. Go here and browse through the color ideas other people have created. (Don’t forget to follow @MightyMomsClub so you can see the new color swatches we find and pin!)

Once you’ve picked out your colors, choose which of the colors you want to be dominant and which are going to be accent pieces.

In the boy’s mood board, you can see that I’m using orange as my main accent color in the fox pillow, cuddle blanket, caddy, and wall hooks.

In the girl’s mood board, I’m sprinkling in pink and mint.

Having an accent color is a great way to pull the eye around the room without causing eye strain that makes you want to run away screaming.

Nursery Decor Concept #3: Think About Texture

Did you know that you “feel” with your eyes? A room without texture is boring and stale. In the mood boards above, you can see that I’m keeping things interesting by choosing a variety of textures for your eyes to feel.

The texture of the navy dresser and the fake texture of the tree stump hamper are a subtle way to make the room more fascinating. In the girl’s mood board, the spindles on the bookcase and the bumps on the crib break up the lines of the room and add softness.

As you are creating your own nursery decor, look for items that will bring more texture to your design. Hint: Baskets, rugs, and plants are simple ways to instantly add more interest to a room!

Nursery Decor Concept #4: Think About Use

The nursery is more than just a pretty room in your house. It has a function. It’s going to get a LOT of use (hopefully), and you’ll be making a big mistake if you neglect to think that through!

For example, your baby has to sleep in this room, which means you’ll want to include room darkening shades and a comfortable rocking chair. Where will you keep diaper changing supplies? What about organizing clothes in the closet with age-dividers? The more you think about the functionality of the room, the better organized and useful it will be!

WWJD:
What Would Joanna Do?

I’ll tell you what Joanna would do. She would use these concepts and present you with nursery ideas that will knock your compression socks off. 

Of course, my favorite part about these designs is that it doesn’t involve a single can of paint. See how gorgeous your nursery will be without taping off anything or making endless trips to Sherwin Williams?

Your “Chip” will be thrilled! Why not reward him with a Demo Day on the kitchen? Time for the next Fixer Upper project!

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