Planning and designing a nursery is one of those projects that every new parent looks forward to. But with the rise of social media and Pinterest, it can also be confusing. You want a nursery that is safe and practical for your child while also looking good. At the same time, furnishing an entire nursery is expensive.
Before you dive into paint colors, themes, and decor items, decide on the style first. You can opt for classic styles like modern Scandinavian or rustic farmhouse. Do you want the nursery to match the rest of your house or be a unique spot for your baby? Either way, you might want to consider going industrial for the nursery.
Industrial style has been trending recently. It’s also finally making its way into nurseries everywhere. What are your options if you want to use industry and themed design elements in your nursery? Think natural elements like wood and steel with metallic accents. Oversized pendant lights, iron knobs or drawer pulls, and exposed ducts or walls also come to mind.
Industrial design is actually similar to rustic or antique trends when it comes to furniture. But it is also quite unique.
The Color Palette for Industrial Design
Industrial design is a great way to design a nursery that will grow with your baby. The color palette leans towards neutrals like grey, white, and black. One idea to consider is a white room with an accent wall of grey or matte black. These colors make a great backdrop to showcase other elements like furniture.
Pieces from the Cortina collection in White Chalet would work well in a grey or white nursery. With metallic handle pulls, the dressers will fit in with either industrial or rustic-style rooms. Just switch out the furniture for age-appropriate items over time. Now you have a room that will stay with your child well into their teen years.
Use Natural Elements
Perhaps it goes without saying that industrial design focuses on natural elements like wood and metal. This style goes well with using refurbished items or reclaimed wood on the walls. If you’re on a budget or otherwise have gently used decor items, industrial style is a great place for them!
Metallic surfaces, exposed ducts, and original brick walls are cornerstones of industrial design. You don’t have to use every element in your baby’s nursery. Just a few touches here and there can go a long way. A focus wall with refurbished wood, exposed ducts, and paper lanterns make for a whimsical yet industrial baby nursery.
Incorporate Industrial Design with Details
Pay attention to the details when designing an industry themed nursery. Black detailing on furniture is a great way to incorporate industrial decor. You can also consider iron knobs or drawer handles instead of materials like plastic or leather. The crib and dresser from Sevilla in Grey or White Chalet would work well here.
Use big light fixtures wherever you can in the room. It can be the centerpiece or off to the side but it will draw your eyes to it. Glass fixtures with metallic frames or shades are a great idea here.
Use Contrasting Patterns and Textures
Any industrial style room will have plenty of contrast and unique items. Large windows with dark frames allow plenty of light into the room. Stripes and geometric patterned walls can be great additions to the room. You don’t have to restrict yourself to the walls and ceiling either.
Rugs with chevrons or striped patterns work well. Bring in throws or pillows with tassels for textural accents. Bold and bright colors don’t clash with a neutral backdrop so get creative with furnishings!
As always wall stickers or decals are a quick and easy way to personalize the nursery for your baby. The best part? You can easily remove them if and when your child outgrows the old design. Bring in some new stickers for an instant upgrade!
Add Your Own Personal Touch
One of the biggest advantages of using industrial style is the freedom to add your own touch. You can bring in unique or eccentric pieces without having them look out of place. Industrial themed rooms – including nurseries – can have unique pieces. Think creatively when it comes to decor items like wall art or picture frames.
Decor items that light up or somehow incorporate light are a good idea for industrial style nurseries. Think large letters with LED lights or twinkling fairy lights for the wall near the crib. Opt for functionality over form since industrial design is practical. Some furniture can pull double duty like hiding storage under the crib. Don’t be afraid to double up on useful items like dressers if you need more storage.
Remember, the nursery has to work for your child today, tomorrow, and the next few years. An industrial design is a great option if you’re looking for longevity!