Baby Nursery...seeking pictures...

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Hi Everyone!

I need your help. I would like to see ideas of the way you did your nurseries if you were really happy with how they turned out. Perhaps you have tips on what you wish you hadn't done? Or a FAVORITE book on nursery decorating you can recommend?

I am due for my first about Oct/Nov. I have a 13x13' room with 1 window and a paneled French door closet. Other than these 2 features the room is stark and ready for spark. =) I won't find out what the sex is because I am paying cash for my pregnancy and since it's not too important for me to know the sex I'm not going to opt for the ultrasound. I'd like to use that money on more baby things. I am thinking of doing the nursery in mauve and country blue but am not limited to these ideas. I thought I would love yellow checkered squares (1 foot x 1 foot) on the lower half of the room but the walls are lightly textured so I worry about how nice the lines could look. I may install a chair rail to do 2 different ideas in the room. My DH suggested I do a garden theme and paint flowers and picket fencing etc since I am okay at painting. But I am not sure I want to invest this kind of time in the nursery.

I plan to keep the linens simple and just get frilly white bedding as it can be bleached clean. The furniture may be a dark cherry or white wash I am not decided yet. The trim in the house is already white.

Any help you can give on suggestions I'd appreciate!!!


This message was edited Jun 1, 2006 2:25 PM

Sultan, WA(Zone 8a)

Personally, I wouldn't do yellow. I'd stick with cool relaxing colors. Newborns are especially sensitive to stimulation from colors and patterns. So keep it simple and subdued for a comfortable nursery. You can add more vibrant details as they get older! Just a thought as well, newborns are also very sensitive to smells. That's how he/she will know you! So make sure that any painting is done well ahead of your due date to make sure the room has a chance to air out really well. When I want ideas for a room, I start looking through catalogs. They want their furniture to look GREAT! So they put it in the best looking rooms. Pottery Barn just put out their children's catalog and I'm sure you can request one on the internet. Some very cute stuff in there.

I think cream beadboard around the lower part of the room a nice soft, natural green on the walls would be very nice. You can add pink, yellow, blue, purple accents too without worrying about clashing. Or if beadboard is too expensive, you could do cream stripes or stencils . . .
I do like the idea of white bedding. It is so much simpler! I love the way cotton eyelette looks. Very pretty and not too frilly for a little boy. Don't worry too much about the wood. Wood blends very well and is very forgiving.

A garden theme would be very cute, but remember that this room has to grow with your child, male or female. Trust me, you aren't going to want to try and repaint a room in the future with a two year old running around (that is why my daughters has never been done!). so make it a theme that can last for a while. A 5 year old boy might get teased about having a picket fence and flowers on his wall! Keep it simple! It is easier to redecorate by hanging up different pictures on the wall than it is to repaint.

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)


All very good tips. I had no idea yellow would be too loud! I was only thinking to do it on the bottom half anyways but I'll heed your ideas.

I won't need to worry about the child outgrowing the room. We plan to have 2-3 kids, God willing, and bought a house we can "grow" into. So each child would have their own room and be able to upgrade out of the nursery into a more mature theme with each one that is born.

Also had given no thought to the smell. I saw a commercial about odor free paint but I guess that would be pricey and since I can paint before they are born it should be okay to do so now.

Glad you liked the white bedding idea. I love eyelette too!

Checking out baby catalogs, now that's smart! Good thinking!

Denver, CO

My daughter chose to go totally the opposite with her son. She absolutely wanted the stimulation of bright colors, and his room is done with white walls and bright primary colors. Most of the current research, (according to my kid the research queen) states that an infants vision is still developing and bright colors, especially red, are easiest for them to see, and focus on, pastels appear muddy and indistinct.

It seems to be working, since her son definitely was focusing intently and for longer periods of time than any of my kids did. He also reaches and grabs for things faster and with more accuracy.

She chose the Looney Tune babies for her theme. Figured Bugs, Tweety and crowd were pretty non gender specific, and would work for several years. It didn't hurt that they have an artist friend who was able to draw the favorite characters on the walls, and then paint them. I'm still not sure what an 18 month old toddler will think of a Tweety that is twice his size.

Sultan, WA(Zone 8a)

He he! That's funny.

I agree, infants loves to be stimulated by colors and patterns. My daughter loved staring at the vertical blinds for the first month! But I prefer to reserve those stimulations for toys, playtime and bathtime. A bedroom should a be a place to relax (or perhaps more womblike) for sleep and private times like nursing and bum changes. Such a stimulating room can make it difficult to accomplish that, especially for babies who have a personality that is already high strung!

But every mother must do what she decides is best for her child and what works best for her methods.

Wimauma, FL(Zone 9b)

Babies cry more in yellow rooms... which I read in a book on color psychology AFTER painting my little girls' (both long grown) room bright yellow. LOL


Houston, United States(Zone 9b)


OH THANK YOU. Good tip!!! I won't use yellow. LOL.

This message was edited Jun 1, 2006 2:25 PM

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Okay, mother of six chiming in here. I love to paint. Wallpaper is nice but when you are tired of it, what a bear to remove! So I paint and I paint often. We've done faux, I painted the walls white, made a stencil of a picket fence and sponged bright grass green over over the stencil so when it was pulled away it looked like grass behind it sunny skies above it and trees and flowers all through it. We've had ceilings that looked like clouds, pink and white striped rooms, 2/3 one color and 1/3 another. You name it, I've done it, short of putting wax or glitter on the walls.

You could always go with a classic like Pooh or something else unisex. There are large decal sets, wall borders, etc. If you love yellow, do a pale yellow room and decorate it in something that will go either way, for a boy or girl. Once you get that little cutie in your arms, get to know them, you'll suddenly have all sorts of ideas for their personality.

Do what you like. You know what YOU like. The baby isn't gonna give a hoot either way so long as their belly is full and their bum is dry and you are therewith the hugs.


Edited for spelling issues. lol

This message was edited Apr 25, 2006 5:00 PM

Burchard, NE(Zone 5b)

Wanted to let you know...if you do decide to paint, there is a way to get rid of the harsh smell of latex interior paint. Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure Vanilla extract (the clear stuff) into each gallon of paint. It won't thin the paint out or change the color. I've done this for years, and it works! Best of luck!

Sultan, WA(Zone 8a)

oooooo! That's a good idea!

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

redhead. you are genius!!!!

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Here is a great site I found for inspiration with pictures!!!!

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

I've decided every time I see a paint chip of TORQUOISE I just adore it! And it's so unisex which makes it GREAT. Thing is I am considering a mural on 1 wall and want at least 1-2 complimentary colors to the majority of the torquoise.

Can you suggest a simple mural theme (I've had some art classes)?
Can you suggest complimentary colors with torquoise? I was thinking buttercream yellow...perhaps some lilac? Not sure.

I'm not wanting any theme that is to "cute" for just babies but something a kid up to 5 could enjoy, boy OR girl. Just plant the ideas on me.....=) Thanks!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Turquoise makes me think tropical.... Palm trees against a turquoise lagoon, tropical coral reefs with bright fish swimming through turquoise water....

Turquoise could also be used with a southwestern theme, with rusty-orange and sandstone-cream and lapis-blue... think of the southwestern jewelry colors, or the mural on the wall of your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant.

Get out your big crayon box (what? you don't have one?? you're having a baby... you'll need one eventually... go for the biggest box you can find, at least 64 colors!)... anyway, just color a patch of turquoise on a piece of paper (*not* on the wall, what are you, 3??) and then hunt around for other colors that you think look good with it.... I think that's a good way to come up with combinations that won't necessarily jump out at you when you're holding up paint chips against one another at Home Depot.

(sorry for the parenthetical commentary... in a silly mood tonight!)

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

hehe, I appreciate your humor! Good idea with the crayon box as well.

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

I've narrowed down my ideas by the bedding I chose, it's unisex with pale green and blue with yellow ducklings and a white mama duck. I have 1 wall in my nursery I want to paint a design to match with ducklings and possibly a pond but have spent hours searching the internet for a good design to mimic. I am not a great artist but I've some experience with it and am looking for something that I can project on the wall and then paint by number kinda thing. If you can help please post a link. Thanks!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Coloring books are great for designs and ideas.... also, you can project an image from a favorite book... what's that one about ducklings in Boston? _Make Way For Ducklings_? I did a quick search, found this list of children's books about ducks,

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

Here's a design you might try, changing the color of the Mama duck. It's painted on a wooden valance but would work on a wall too.


Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Critter and Dea:

Thanks so much for taking the time to research some for me! I love the valance image. And the coloring book idea sounds superb!

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

I did many searches last night for mural ideas. I unfortunately did not save bookmarks on the sites I liked best. What I am looking for is a realistic but simple tree, one that extends onto the ceiling slightly. DH cleaned out the computer so it no longer has my past searches on it either.

If you know of a site that has a tree like this would you please post the link here. I've tried for an hour this evening to find the site I was at, finding many of the same ones I looked at but none so far with any trees painted in the corners of walls.

Thanks for anyone who can help me!

Mableton, GA(Zone 7b)

Tir_Na_Nog, time is drawing near, are you finished? Pics?

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

Here is a simple tree from a Shaker collection which could be easily used as a mural. I have seen people use this tree and put photos of family and friends in the "fruit". The saying underneath the original painting says:

"You could not make either a kernel of grain or a spear of grass grow...without the blessing of God."


Thumbnail by Dea
Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 5b)

Here's our princesses room - I picked out the bedding as soon as I knew we were having a girl!

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Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Eco: end of October, thanks for asking!

I should be able to post pics about then, DH expecting a bonus and we'll buy a digital cam with it and THEN I can finally join the crowd at Dave's who has pics online!

Dea: LOVE the quote! But going with a more realistic mural. Can't believe I could NOT find the beautiful tree online again. It was simpler than most, not a ton of leaves, each individual, just enough to be pretty. And one of the few pics where the tree mural extended to the ceiling to. I'd like to do that.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Dea, is that your artwork or something you have/had?

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

Not mine. You can see quite a bit of it at and within the site itself has tons of Shaker info.

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Gardenwife: Thank you for all those! I will check them today after work.

I have started my mural and it's gone from something simple to me wanting to add as many small details as I can. I have a digital camera now so once I finish I will post pictures. =)

Mableton, GA(Zone 7b)

gw, your 'wow' isn't wowing me. lol Something's wrong.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

The rest of the pictures have great decorating ideas, anyway, so maybe it's good I ended up posting this link! The shot is from

Thumbnail by gardenwife
Mableton, GA(Zone 7b)

That is definitely a Wow! Glad to see it. :)

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)


HOLY WOW!!!! That tree is AWESOME! It is similar to the style I was wanting to do...something realistic! And SO detailed to! Just awesome. Unfortunately I've already painting a trunk, using my own imagination (sorely lacking I'm afraid) and it doesn't hold a candle to that tree! I might have to revise a bit...once I finish the grass. I am doing 1 wall 1/3rd up with individual grass strokes so I'll be on that awhile.

I should have pics to post end of next month. *Crossing fingers*

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Oh -- thanks, Kimberly! There are some fabulous ideas there! I love the idea of doing a willow tree, and I think it would be pretty easy to do those leaves with either a big artist's brush or a stamp... I also like the way the "corner" trees have the trunk on just one wall, close to the corner... I'd been thinking in terms of putting the trunk right up the corner, but I think this might work better!

The Pooh Tree is gorgeous and tempting to try, but I don't think I'd stand a chance of getting the shading to look right... I'm better off combining colors and textures until I get something that looks gnarled and "barky."

I have to say, those transfers are tempting... LOL!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

The transfers are neat - I've seen them at my friend's church.

I think if I were to tackle a mural, I'd have to borrow an opaque projector and project the image on the wall for me to trace. I can draw in small scale, but something on the scope of a whole wall is just way too big for me to get right.

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

You can always put a transparent graph sheet over a picture, then trace out the squares on the wall and redraw the images on the paper...just going by what's in each smaller square.

I thought of doing mine that way but ended up just freehanding it on the wall. Not happy with my tree after seeing the picture you posted! So going to touch up and re-do. Very important I can see from picture to do that bark effect.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I used that grid method for a detailed scratchboard I did in high school. Doing it on a large scale just seems to daunting, still. I'd rather draw something in a scale I'm comfortable with (lots of detail) and then project it.

I can't wait to see your trees!

Brockton, MA(Zone 6a)

There are some darn good ideas here. Let me add a fairly 'simple to do' one for someone who is comfortable with paint.
I did this a few years ago for a 5 year old but the idea can be used for any age.
The top half is a Skyscape. Easy with a blue background and some white, gray and glazing for the clouds.
Use a wallpaper border to delineate the top from bottom.
The lower half is mostly sponging with a twist. You can cut out a few simple patterns on thin cardboard (cereal box type) and thin foam (carpet pad type). In this case the little girl and her mom drew basic flowers they found in a coloring book and I did he cutting. 3 or 4 shapes is fine.
On a freshly painted background first brush some paint on the foam cut outs and press on the wall in random spots. Then have the cardboard cut outs taped to a rod (a piece of straightened metal coat hanger works). A sea sponge works best. Sponge around the wall avoiding the foam imprints and occasionally place a cardboard cut out in place and sponge over it. This will leave a silhouette. Vary the cut outs as you go.
Any simple shape works for the cut outs.
If you want more detailed info, ask.
Andy P

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)


Thanks for the tips!

You know I have actually seen at Home Depot (now that I did my clouds....sigh) there is a CLOUD PAINTING KIT! Yep! I just sponged mine on and used white with some varying shades of gray and it looks okay so far.

Does anyone have any ideas yet on how to make the mural wall semi-gloss or glossy? I am using mostly matte craft paints. Saw a small bottle of high gloss but like I said...small. I have seen the spray cans of clear stuff but don't want to get the stuff on the whole room. Any ideas you can toss me will be appreciated!

Keep the other ideas coming to...all very helpful!

Brockton, MA(Zone 6a)

Minnwax has a latex Poly called Polycrylic that you can use.
It 'sets-up SUPER FAST so roll it on once and don't try to re-roll it to smooth it out. Danger.
The safest way to use it is to mix it 50 - 50 with latex Glazing. The glazing is kinda flat so use the Gloss Polycrylic, that will give it the shine.
Check that your Craft paint doesn't dissolve or streak first. I had that happen with some of the less expensive ones.
Andy P

Houston, United States(Zone 9b)

Thanks Andy!

I did find some NICE craft paints (was news to me after years of using them) that actually have the gloss in them!!!! But since I am using some old paints and some new I'm in a quandry aren't I? =) Thanks for posting the tip!

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