Friday, May 20, 2016

Boy or Girl Nursery Designs

Way before we found out what we were having, I started to think about designing a nursery for our first little peanut.  I was so excited to be pregnant and to be finally designing my very own nursery.  Since we didn't know if it was going to be a girl or a boy, I had to put some ideas together for both genders.  As a designer and a first time mommy, I wanted to put a lot of thought into this nursery and make it extra special.  I have designed a lot of baby girl nurseries but never a baby boy nursery.  So naturally, I started designing a baby girl nursery first because I had SO many ideas for a little girl.  A baby boy nursery was going to be much more of a challenge for me!  If you saw this post, you know that we found out we are having a BOY!

Initially, I really thought the baby was a girl.  I had every momma instinct that it was a girl.  The old wives tales of the string test, the chinese calendar, all pointed to a girl!  So, to find out I would be designing that boy nursery after all was a huge shock to me.  But now that I have some great ideas that I am really excited about for a baby boy nursery, I feel a little more at ease with it, besides the fact, that I know nothing about being a boy momma!  (I am so used to being around little girls and princesses and baby dolls!)  Now that it has sunk in a little though, I couldn't be more excited to have a boy.  We are over the moon excited to meet our little guy!

As I said before, the baby girl nursery design came very easy and naturally for me.  I have always loved a soft color palette with whites, creams, and soft pinks for a little girl.  I have been obsessed with this rug from Lulu & Georgia forever now, so I basically built the room around the color palette of the rug.  Flamingos are a huge trend right now, and their beautiful pink colors lend nicely to a little girls nursery.  And every little girl needs some gold accents and sparkle in her room.  

Here are a few examples of baby girl nurseries I found on Pinterest that I loved.  You can see more Girl Nursery inspiration on my Pinterest board NURSERY - GIRL.  

from lulu & georgia
from Country Living Magazine
from Studio McGee
from HGTV's Fixer Upper
from Style Me Pretty

For the baby boy nursery, I still like the idea of keeping the color palette fairly neutral.  I have always liked a monochromatic nursery color palette for boys with woods tones, gray, black and white.  After all, a newborn can only see in black and white and shades of gray at first anyways.

One thing I knew I wanted for a boy nursery was a bold accent wall, whether it be wallpaper, a stencil, or even painting one wall black for a dramatic contrast to the room.  I love little boy rooms that have a very masculine bohemian feel to them with leather accents, wood tones, and dark colors, yet babyish with soft, furry rugs, and bright whites.

Inspiration for boy nursery.

from Project Nursery
Now that we know we are having a baby boy, I have come up with two very detailed designs that I am debating between.  Both very similar, but with 2 very different themes.  So, you will have to wait to see those.  Sometimes I am afraid to even ask my husband's opinion when it comes to the nursery because I usually already have my mind made up before I ask.  (Typical woman, right?)  But surprisingly, he actually cares a lot about how the nursery looks and has a lot of opinions about it.  Luckily, we are on the same page when it comes to designing Baby M's nursery.

If you are looking for more nursery inspiration, you have to read all about Project Nursery's design trends for 2016 here.  And you can see more baby boy nursery inspiration on my Pinterest board NURSERY - BOY or on the board NURSERY - GENDER NEUTRAL.

I have 4 months (hopefully) to put this nursery together, and I will probably need every minute of that time.  It is a lot of pressure to decorate your own nursery as an interior designer.  There are a lot of high hopes from people for this project as I design a lot of nurseries for clients.  I just want it to be the best for our little guy! 

1 comment:

  1. so so fun! I can't wait to see how fabulous this little chap's room is! And seriously...ENJOY EVERY MOMENT of designing and welcoming him to a beautiful room that you poured your heart and soul into for him to love for the next few years...because before you know it he will look at you with puppy dog eyes wanting something awful like a freaking "fat head" on the wall like Jay has and then you say yes because he owns your heart but you will die of embarrassment on the inside. LOL


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