Ever since announcing my pregnancy everyone has asked me, “so what are you doing for the nursery?” And much to their disappointment, I haven’t really been able to come through with a solid answer.
People want to know a color scheme and since I’m not finding out the gender my answer hovers around, “umm probably something like green.” Apparently people find this boring.
They want to know what theme I’m using like animals, jungle, travel, etc. And “I’m not really into themes” ends up being a very uninspired answer. But it’s true. Babies outgrow themes and I get bored with monochrome rooms.
I also don’t want a rainbow room filled with a thousand unrelated colors. (Backstory: when I was young I had a primary colored kids room complete with three-foot tall crayons on the wallpaper. I loved it…for about a week. But I lived with it for years. This is something I’d like to avoid. Been there, done that.)
So why not do a natural-colored neutral room? Because the rest of my house is done in neutrals. The nursery is the one place I can have a little fun. But this isn’t fun. It’s frustrating. And to make it worse – I hate everything I see…
This kind of room needs to stop, it’s the worst of the worst. Little baby girls are adorable. But they’re not actual princesses. Too.many.frills. And too much pale pink. The second a red, green or yellow toy lands in here – the second the room will look like a dated backdrop and need to be painted-over.
Although less offensive than the first, this boys room isn’t doing it for me either. Pale blue (or pink) walls should have been painted over in 2005. I thought we stopped that. And gray furniture? Also, I’m a fan of multiple patterns co-existing in a room, but here the carpet and the drapes are fighting each other. Buuuuut, in the spirit of ending on a good note, I like the Jonathan Adler lamp.
So far this is the least offensive of the three. But it’s also the least realistic. Aren’t nurseries supposed to be soft, cozy and welcoming? This super contemporary, minimalistic nursery is the last place I’d want to be for a 3am feeding. Too cold, too rigid. And speaking of day-to-day baby activities, where is the changing table, diaper storage, closet, hamper, etc? As sweet as this room is, I’m not buying it.
And finally, the best of the bad. Although we can only see a small part, I can tell this nursery is probably lovely but I’m so bored. This room
kind of definitely looks like every other room in my house. Nurseries, in my opinion, should be inspiring. Your baby is only a baby for so long – embrace it. Add some color. Add some whimsy. Add some fun. Just don’t do what they did in the rooms above. You’re better than that.
Now that the majority of my tirade is over, lets have some fun looking at a few other details that, annoyingly, keep cropping up…
Stop with the peel and stick wall art.
But please add some art.
I know it’s a baby and it’s a nursery, but you can have too much fabric.
I love using black, but it doesn’t belong in a nursery.
Having a specific theme means that all other toys, unrelated to that theme, go where?
And finally, don’t give your child ADD.