For expectant parents, decorating the children’s room is one of the most exciting tasks. It’s the ultimate exercise in combining form and function into a cozy space for your little one. With so many adorable items out there — like plush rocking chairs, whimsical wallpaper, and floating bookshelves — it’s understandable if you’re confused about where to start.
Input Breegan Janean interior designer and HGTV star who also knows a thing or two about decorating a child’s room — she designed it Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita‘s charming gender-neutral space. We asked her to share the most helpful tips for parents on how to design a child’s room, while also keeping an eye on the trends for 2022.
“As a mother of two boys, I know how important it is to have a functional yet stylish children’s room,” says Jane.
But before you even start looking at baby furniture and accessories, Jane suggests picking a theme and sticking to a color palette.
“The biggest mistake I see new parents make when designing a child’s room is trying to do too much,” says Jane.
Plan ahead by choosing a color or wallpaper for the walls. Then you can incorporate these useful nursery items like a bassinet, changing table and blackout curtains that match your theme.
Wondering which design direction to go in? Take a side of Jane and try adding the following trends into the mix. How to design a beautiful, child-friendly room like a pro.
1. Sophisticated colors
Jane recommends creating a room that can grow with your baby over the years. When choosing a wall color, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose a more sophisticated hue than the stereotypical pastel blue, light pink, or sunshine yellow.
“Opting for more sophisticated hues like lavender instead of pink, teal instead of baby blue, or even neutral colors like black, white, and gray can often make it easier for your child’s room to blend in with the design style of the rest of your home,” says Jane.
2. Multipurpose furniture
Flexible spaces have been all the rage for a while, and in nurseries this trend is leading to multipurpose furniture and accessories. Bring pieces that do double duty so the space revolves around both baby and caregivers.
An item like an ottoman can be more than just a piece for your tot to hold on to while they practice standing skills. It can also provide storage space to store toys or even clothes that your baby has outgrown.
If you have space, bring a sofa bed. During the day, it offers you a comfortable place to sit while your little one plays. You can use it as a guest bed if your baby is still sleeping in your room.
3. Accent Wall
Highlight a wall in the child’s room by using a different color, wallpaper or art collection.
This accent wall “allows the baby to grow with the visual presentation of the room and not date the room to a specific period of growth or development,” says Jane.
A collage of mirrors can also act as an elegant accent wall, helping to make the room appear larger.
4. Personalized details
Your baby is unique, so why shouldn’t the nursery decor reflect that?
“I love the idea of taking pieces like handprints or even doodles and finger-painting ‘masterpieces’ as the child gets older and displaying them in appropriate frames around the room,” says Jane.
Make a piece of sentimental wall art from a sample of the outfit your newborn wore home from the hospital. To do this, choose a simple black or white shadowbox frame and mount the pattern in it.
The key to holding everything together? Matching picture frames.
“I have displayed my own children’s work in appropriate frames and it is a beautiful and personal addition,” says Jane.
5. Prints inspired by nature
Bringing nature inside is another popular decorating trend, and bringing this concept to a child’s room means decorating with nature-inspired prints.
Opt for crib sheets, pillows, artwork or a rug that features a fun animal print, light florals or an outdoor scene. For example, if you’re a family that loves camping, consider Mountain and Trees Sheets ($9.94, Walmart).