Allergic to duckies and bunnies? Feeling too sophisticated or hip to welcome a baby into your home? We have some thoughts for you… and some of ’em are downright cheap.
I was wandering around IKEA at about 15 weeks pregnant when I saw a baby’s room design that I loved. Mostly it was the stripes on the wall. They were so much fun, and gender neutral. I took a closer look at the wall and saw that IKEA had done me the favor of indicating exactly what paint brand and color they had used. Fast forward two months and I had my mom and stepdad under my command, painting along the straight lines I had pencil-sketched on the wall. (Instructions: Paint whole wall light color. Wait one day. Pencil in stripes. Tape along pencil lines. Paint darker color. Remove tape.)
Other suggestions from smart parents:
- Use a dingbat font to put funny faces on the wall
- Make artwork in the vintage-y style you see at Pottery Barn Kids “all by self,” as my toddler used to say
- Put up huge-ass letters, bought or made
- Use an alternative to a mobile
- Put a large animal on the wall (omigod is this cute!)
- Even hipper than the last link, a whimsical cartoon for the wall
- Get customized (skin, hair, background!) fun and funky wall designs at YoonKids (via DesignMom)
- And below, see how my sister decoupaged the pages of Goodnight Moon onto a child-sized table.
When you design your baby’s room, post a link to a picture! We love to see cool baby rooms and hip nurseries.