Decorate baby’s room

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.)

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When you design your baby’s room, post a link to a picture! We love to see cool baby rooms and hip nurseries.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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