Baby Nursery Decorating Themes

What are Baby Room Themes?

Decorating a baby's nursery according to a theme is all the rage in interior decorating today. The process is very simple: Simply choose a theme that you think your baby will like, and use that theme as the focal point for the entire room's décor. The theme can be reflected in: room color, furniture, baby bedding, lighting fixtures, wall hangings, decals, paintings, light switches, curtains, rugs, and more.

Room decorating themes are not limited to nurseries either! Children and teens of all ages get excited about theme-style bedroom décor and accessories, whether their passion is sports, a celebrity or rock star, a hobby, astrological sign, or even modern art deco.

Baby Girl Nursery Theme Ideas

Some of the most popular baby girl room themes are:

•- Princess Theme: Use pink and majestic purple colors for bedding, curtains, rugs, and walls. Drape a canopy over the baby crib and decorate chairs to appear like a throne. Satin fabrics work well, as do accessories such as tiaras, wands, princess decals and princess books and posters

•- Butterfly/Ladybug Theme: Beautify the entire room with butterfly/ladybug stencils. Butterfly/ladybug baby bedding is easy to find, and babies love to gaze up at butterfly/ladybug mobiles. For a finishing touch, decorate with butterfly lamp shades and ladybug nightlights and light switch plates.

•- Flower/Garden Theme: Decorate with bright or pastel colors, floral-patterned baby bedding, wall decals, and drapes. If you have a green thumb for painting, paint the walls with green grass, a bright yellow sun, blue skies, colorful flowers and birds. Your baby will fall in love with nature!

Baby Boy Room Theme Ideas

Popular baby boy room themes include: Sports, cars, trains, building supplies, safari (including monkey, lion, cheetah and tiger stuffed animals, elephant and giraffe wall paintings, large green or spider plants), Spiderman and Batman, cartoon characters (i.e. Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse), space or rockets..

More Room Decorating Themes

An important point to keep in mind is that many babies continue to occupy the same room during their childhood and teenage years; therefore, you may want to choose a theme that is also suitable for an older child, or décor that can be altered as your baby grows.

Here are some more favorite theme ideas for nurseries and children's bedrooms:

•- Celestial/Starry Night Theme: Decorate walls, furniture, and accessories (pillows, quilts, rugs, lamps) with stars, the moon and sun, planets, comets, and constellations. Babies and children especially love gazing up at a starry night ceiling as they drift off to sleep.

•- Cartoon/TV/Storybook Character Theme

•- Nursery Rhyme/Fairytale Theme

•- Teddy Bear Theme

•- Aquatic/Underwater/Dolphin Themes: Children of all ages love these themes! Decorate the room in shades of blue and green, adding sea or ocean-related accessories such as seashells, sea horses, fish, mermaids, and octopus.

Color Themes

Using color as the focal point of a nursery or bedroom is another great theme idea! You can go with classic pink for girls and blue for boys, or update these looks with light pastel colors or the bright primary colors of a rainbow.

Decorating Themes on a Budget

You don't have to spend a lot of money to decorate a room according to a theme! Use your creativity and artistic skills to come up with your own ideas. To get you started, here are a few low-budget nursery and bedroom theme ideas: collect and decorate with old greeting cards; cut out and hang magazine or old calendar pictures; use framed photos of your child as decorative items.