Oh Baby! 6 Nursery Design Trends


It seems January is becoming baby season. Well, I just learned that my sister-in-law is pregnant again and a friend has a bun in the oven as well. I love interior design in any shape or form but I would just die to have the job of this talented lady who specializes in nursery design here in Austin {and beyond!}. I met Sarah last year who designed the model homes for Reclaimed Space while getting this gem of a company for the Smarter Spaces Tour by Launch 787. We struck a friendship that goes more than choosing a chair or a fabric for that matter. She has an amazing eye for the bold and colorful, the contemporary with a traditional twist, and the whimsical, yet still sophisticated spaces. She writes for us today about her Top 6 Nursery Design Trends.


As a nursery and children’s room designer, I’m always on the lookout for new trends and new ways to design and accessorize these spaces. There are so many trends happening right now in children’s spaces- from DIY to full out glam; here are a few of my favorites that I’ve seen this year:

1. Polka Dots

Polka dots are a hit this season, not only in interiors, but in fashion as well. They really make a space feel more whimsical and fun. This element comes through as a pattern walls or even as little pom poms sewn to the edge of drapery or pillows.

polka dots wallpaper

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2. Painted Dressers

This is a great way to make an impact in your little one’s room. It can be affordable and is a fairly easy project to do on your own. All you need is a dresser, a little planning and some paint. You can also use contact paper for something less permanent. I love the airplane on this painted dresser, check out the how to if this is something you are interested in trying.

painted dresser nursery


3. Dark Walls

I’m seeing a lot of dark walls in nurseries lately; they can be very dramatic and will allow colors to pop. I think it works best when paired with a predominately neutral palette with little splashes of one color added in.

dark walls nursery

Project Nursery

4. Patterned Walls

Patterned walls are all the rage right now. If you have room in your budget, there are many wallpaper manufacturers that have incredible lines available. Some of my favorites sites to find wallpaper are Hygge & West and Graham & Brown. If budget does not allow for wallpaper, a cheaper way to achieve the look is by painting a pattern on the wall yourself. Draw the design out to scale on paper first, transfer the design to your wall in pencil, then paint.

patterned walls nursery design


5. Ceiling Details

Decorating the ceiling is a huge trend – it is a 5th wall, so don’t ignore it! It could become the focal piece. I’m fawning over these stars, I cant wait to use them in a client’s space.

 Elle Decor

6. Lighting

People are paying more attention to light fixtures in their children’s rooms. I’m seeing a lot of really cool refurbished vintage fixtures and some beautiful chandeliers. To make more of a statement, add in a large ceiling medallion.

lighting nursery design



Thank you so much Sarah! The babies of these rooms are in design heaven early on! Be sure to check out Sarah Stacey Design. 

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Details are my passion. From curating vignettes to designing spaces. I thrive in finding the finds and just discovered the art of collecting...all while sipping on a cafe au lait & a french macaroon in hand.

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  4. Trend #2, the painted dresser, is the one that caught our eye. When you paint your own furniture, the finished product always feels like a work in progress to us, does it to you? Having the freedom to apply your own color is so free-ing! Mistakes don’t exist – it only personalizes the piece and gives you a precious memory to cherish every time you run your fingers over the spot. Can you tell we’ve spent a bit of time on DIY projects??

    • yes, most definitely….I have tons of projects that are ongoing that seem to rake forever! I’m looking at painting a desk and doing some pattern on it…just not sure yet what color or pattern. Thanks for stopping by & the Tweets & retweets 🙂

  5. I love the polka dots and the dark walls. I am due in 5 weeks time and have my nursery just about ready. We are in a rented house and the landlord doesn’t want us to paint the walls so we have to work with what we have. As the walls are magnolia / or a yellowy cream I have gone for a bright multi-colour theme to brighten it up, instagram pic of it here: http://instagram.com/p/TBz5yNnMiH/

    • awww, congratulations to u Amy! Renting can be a bummer at times, on the other hand, it does spark ur creativity. May I just say what u did was amazing!

      There is a lot of removable decals as well and have a chair or so with a wonderful pattern & colors galore. A bold roman shade in between those panels would eb amazing too!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon!

  6. the top two and the bottom one, love, love, love! i adore the french whimsy of the first one, with the bed, the fireplace, wallpaper and the dollhouse. in fact i’d take that room in a heartbeat. the second one is just so perfect and simple and i think very kid friendly with it’s minimalism and warm tones. and the last one! oh i love the artwork and the light fixture (i’d probably just change out the rug) but that’s probably my favorite, so different.

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