What better time to embrace a new decorating trend than when outfitting a baby’s nursery? A new life requires a fresh start and forward-looking style. The trends for baby room themes reflect an amazing mix of color, style, and pattern – giving you plenty of choices to create the perfect sanctuary for your expected bundle of joy.
Style is Born
An exciting nursery style is the return to elegant and sophisticated furnishings. Many parents are avoiding kids’ character themes, instead choosing more mature elements for the nursery, such as chandeliers, sculptural décor, and cosmopolitan wall art. This approach ensures a room with enduring style that will suit children as they grow.
Baby animals are a perennial theme for nurseries, and will never go out of style. Woodland animals, including deer, owls, rabbits, and foxes, bring a sweet and gentle energy to the nursery this year.
In addition to choosing colors and themes for the nursery, a key consideration is the style of the nursery furniture. Traditional styles make a comeback with arched bed frames, cottage details, and button tufting. However, equally popular is a modern approach, with sleek furnishings and contemporary bedding patterns, such as chevron or bold polka dots.
The color palette for nurseries expands this year to include a range of hues beyond the traditional soft pink and baby blue. Gender neutral colors take center stage, and grey is a top choice for both boys and girls. The popular neutral can be paired with any accent color for a calming and polished look.
Another big nursery neutral for 2014 is navy blue. Either as an anchor color, or an accent, navy blue adds character and depth to the nursery. Blue makes another appearance this year in girls’ nurseries, as Tiffany blue makes its way into feminine bedrooms.
Last year’s neon trend endures with acid yellow, often paired with grey for a contemporary pop of color. Orange or deep coral is another accent color with vivid energy appearing in nurseries. Lastly, many parents expecting girls will forego cotton candy pink and instead choose the more vibrant 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, offering a lively twist for their little lady.
—Augusta, hayneedle.com editor
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