As you look forward to spending time with your newborn, you are probably also envisioning the perfect nursery for the baby. Fortunately, there is no dearth of inspiration for expecting parents. A quick online search will give you dozens of options for whatever theme you might have in mind for your baby’s nursery. Whether you want geometric patterns or a rainbow effect, chances are you’ll find something that fits your vision.
For most of 2019, nursery decor tended towards gender-neutral rooms with light color palettes. These styles will be trendy going forward in 2020 as well but it doesn’t mean you cannot use your imagination. You can still mix and match decor ideas to create a unique space that’s just right for your family.
Here are a few trends to watch out for in the new year. Go ahead, get inspired!
The evolution of gender-neutral nurseries
Gender-neutral nurseries are not going away anytime soon. But why did they become popular in 2019 anyway? There are many reasons for parents to create a nursery room without the typical pinks and blues.
Gender-neutral nurseries work well for parents who don’t wish to know the gender of the baby before the delivery. You can no doubt put a child of the opposite gender into a pink or blue room but many families prefer to use neutral colors like yellow or green.
Families with plans for multiple children might also want to use neutral colors. Unisex nurseries are great when you need to move another child into the room. As a bonus, you can re-use decor items in the older child’s room! Of course, many parents simply like decorating the baby’s room in unconventional colors like dark maroon or even black.
What we can say is that the gender-neutral nursery is here to stay. But you can still get creative with your ideas for the room. Whether or not the room announces the baby’s gender, there are a few decor ideas for you.
Dark colors make a room feel small and cozy. But many people think of dark colors as moody or cold. This was the main reason for the trend towards lighter colors in nurseries. Pale colors naturally create a bright and attractive environment.
What if you like deep, rich colors? Fortunately, dark-colored nurseries are making a comeback in 2020. Think about it. These colors can have a calming influence on the entire family. Colors like deep blue and forest green can make the room better for the baby to sleep. As any new parent will tell you, every little bit helps!
Try pairing dark wooden furniture with large pattern wallpaper if you like dark colors. You can also use contrasting colors to produce a striking effect. Consider using light wood or white furniture against an earthy brown or olive green background. Instead of a light garden theme, dark colors can help you create a tropical forest effect.
Dark not your thing? No problem. You can still get creative with a white or light nursery room. The key is to think beyond white or pale pastels. Consider the main color – whether white or pale yellow – as the starting point. Now you can add layers of other colors throughout the room.
Accent the room with colorful fabrics like a throw or area rug. You don’t have to coordinate colors either. Use different shades of the same 2 – 3 colors to create a rainbow effect. Think about all the things you can use in the room. From bookshelves to curtains or wall decor, there are just so many ways to add color to the nursery.
Inspired by nature
Another trend in 2020 will likely be nurseries inspired by nature. Think patterned wallpaper with big, bright florals or leaves. You can go all out with a rustic nursery using farmhouse style furniture. Consider bringing plant accents in unconventional ways with wall decor or simple wreaths. There are so many options out there.
You can always bring nature inside with real plants too. Try small potted plants like succulents to freshen up the nursery. These plants work well on high shelves or near a window. Not only do they add a touch of greenery but they don’t require a lot of care which is a bonus for busy parents.
Some parents like to use artificial plants to reduce maintenance. With these, you can easily go big with large pots in a corner or on a table. Decorative wall prints with big flowers or forest scenes also work well in a rustic nursery.
So there you have it, a whole slew of new ideas for your nursery in 2020. You don’t have to follow the latest trends but they are perfect for igniting your imagination before decorating!