Upcycling and Max’s nursery – two of my favourite things to ‘do’ and even better when the two collide.
If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen me making full use of the my upcycled picture shelf which I found as a ruined plank of wood at HomeSense and DIY’d into the tribal inspired piece that it is now.
If you’ve followed my Nursery Vibes story on the blog over the last eight months you’ll have seen the progression from extensive inspiration-hunting (Pinterest was my best friend back in the first trimester days) and whittling down my favourite colour schemes and styles – from soft white and grey décor to crazy brights and everything in between – to my ultimate ideal unisex colour palette of mint green, gold and grey.
There’s something about hot air balloons which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There’s something so innocent and oldie world-y about them that makes it a real whimsical, sleepy theme to have in any child’s nursery, boy or girl. More of a vintage take on stars and clouds, it brings to life words and phrases such as ‘dream’ and ‘fly away’, words which conjure up all the innocence and big hopes of adventure that we wish for our little ones.
So I wasn’t surprised to find a lot of the hot air balloon theme when researching for this post, the ideas are out there in abundance and they’re all so sweet it’s hard to narrow down my favourites. I’ve stuck with gender-neutral again, which this theme lends itself to nicely, and am sharing a few of my favourite examples of how to weave this trend into your nursery decor in a big or small way.
Go all out with the nature theme, and take inspiration from this room featured on Project Nursery. Nothing says ‘fly away and go on an adventure’ quite like hot air balloons flying over a remote mountain range and sunset. The addition of the fluffy clouds and furry throws gives the look serious cosiness and means the primary colour palette doesn’t look too brash, and adds to that dreamy nature vibe.
If that’s a bit too full on for you, take it down a notch and go for one of my favourite inventions, a good old wall sticker, or decal as they’re otherwise known. Etsy is proving to be king of decals for the nursery, and this hot air balloon wall sticker design, especially in these colours, makes a statement and gives a fresh and modern twist on a typically whimsy theme.
This room featured on Apartment Therapy is light, bright and simple, letting the colours and drama of the hanging hot air balloons do all the talking. With a room of this size you can go mad and fill the ceiling with balloons of all colours and sizes, as they have here, but you could create something equally as gorgeous in a small space with just one or two bright balloons hanging against a simple white backdrop.
I came across the Bloom Print Project on Pinterest, and fell in love with her handmade hot air balloons (yes, these little beauties are handmade!) They’re so diddy and cute, with the bunting connecting them and while I had no idea how she did it or where you’d get the materials from, it makes me feel inspired to make one of my own! Even if you’re not the crafty type, you should check out her post anyway to see her daughters beautiful nursery in all its vintage-style loveliness.
In all of my previous Nursery Décor posts I’ve including bunting or a mobile as an easy, non-permanent way of bringing a theme into the room or tying a colour palette together. This post is no different and I can’t think of a better way of bringing the hot air balloon theme to life than with a mobile. The bits are made to hang and float after all! Another one from Etsy, this gorgeous hot air balloon mobile in gender neutral grey and yellow has it all – balloons, bunting and clouds (and an elephant, but let’s ignore that for now) – so your little one can nod off with their head in the skies.
Finally, if you love the sentiment of whimsical fly away adventures for your little one’s space, but really aren’t keen on a theme or having anything hanging or stuck to the walls, go for a simple hot air balloon print as a nod to the trend. This one from Not on the High Street says it all…
According to Project Nursery’s predictions for top 2016 nursery trends, arrows and triangles are ‘so last year’. Sorry, I love you Project Nursery but I couldn’t care less as arrows and triangles are two of my top themes for my nursery plans. I love them both. I love a geometric print and a little bit of tribal, and am drawn to these two designs so I really don’t care if they’re so 2015 or so 1915, I’m a fan.
So with this in mind, I’ve been looking at some of my favourite arrow design touches for the nursery. From full on wall coverings to subtle accessories, arrows are a cute theme to bring any colour palette to life and are another perfect gender-neutral option if you’re planning a nursery without knowing if you’re having a boy or a girl.
So diving straight in with a bold wall decal, as featured in Project Nursery’s 2014 nursery trends (yes, 2014, and what?), the soft grey shade means you can go mad on the coverage, as they’ve done in this example. Really love arrows? This could be the look for you.
Alternatively if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, these arrow wall stickers from Dana Decals in gold are gorgeous and are just enough of a nod to the theme without it being overpowering. I can’t get enough gold so this was always going to be a winner for me. Unfortunately for us UK dwellers, Dana Decals is in the US and it doesn’t look like they ship to the UK, but this is all about inspiration and I’m sure Etsy or some other similar retailer would provide something equally as pretty.
Sticking with the golden arrow theme, this fabric definitely is available on Etsy and is on my short list for fabric to make my nursery blinds. It’s so just so god damn sweet.
This mobile is a very cute way to add a touch of arrow without it being the main focus of the room, if that’s what you want. I’ve seen it on Pinterest in tons of different colours, so whatever your palette, there’s an arrow mobile for you!
Next up is a piece of wall art that I came across on Instagram and fell in love with, both the arrows and the colours are right up my street. It’s by the lovely Fishtitch who have loads of gorgeous prints (I’m also a big fan of their Cactus print) and garlands. Check out their Etsy shop for more like this…
Last but not least (and I really could go on forever), I fell in love with this Bohemian Arrow crib sheet, available from Etsy. It’s more feminine then anything else I’ve looked at, so definitely more suited for a baby girl, but I love the colours and the soft feathery effect.
What do you think of the tribal arrow trend? And do you care if something’s ‘on-trend’ or not when it comes to your baby?!
Following my first Nursery Vibes post last week, which focused on bold monochrome nursery decor, I’ve been looking next at a softer palette of whites and greys.
Grey is the new neutral in the home, it’s more modern and fresh than cream and is the perfect base for so many colour themes and styles. It’s the perfect neutral nursery colour, and when used with whites it’s clean, simple and simply beautiful.
As with my monochrome post, I’m focusing for now just on inspiration for these pure colour groups to help me choose the main neutral for my nursery. I’ll then get into the fun stuff of pops of colour and themes to bring the room to life for the little one.
So, here we go with some of my favourite grey and white neutral nursery designs…
When I think of a grey and white nursery, to house a little person and knackered mummy in comfort, this is basically what I see…
Rock My Style has nailed it with little Hector’s room. The chair is what worthy of it’s own post, I want to curl up in it and never get up, but it’s the mix of shades of grey (around 50, at a guess), the prints (stripes and spots) and the textures (fabric, fur and a good old basket weave) that bring it together beautifully.
This cute corner from Ivy Cabin could easily be the other side of the window from Hector’s room by Rock My Style. The point being that the key to creating a bright but cosy nursery with greys and whites alone is all about texture.
I love the polka dot walls and the touches of pine here, it’s very Scandi style which is the style to have right now.
If you’re not feeling to brave, the beauty of neutral colours is that you can go bold on the prints….
Mixing it up with stars, stripes and chevrons makes a clean white room come to life without going OTT with the colour.
The bunting in my monochrome post was a big hit, so here’s your bunting fix from Etsy…
Bit of a cheat this one as it’s not strictly grey and white, but I had to include it because it’s the perfect blend of my last two posts – grey, black and white.
But, it’s the perfect example of mixing different shades of grey through the fabrics and accessories to lift white walls. And the touches of black are just what it needs to bring it all together. You have to check out this post on Mini Style Blog for the rest of the pictures. Just adorable.
Grey is looking like a favourite neutral base for me so far, there are so many colours that go with it and I can’t wait to start exploring ideas to mix it up for my little one’s first bedroom!
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