Project Runway. We've all seen it, right? I mean, c'mon, it's Heidi Klum....smart, gorgeous and funny to boot! Her catch phrase, "One day you're in...the next day you're out!" (insert perky German accent) is a perfect summary of not only fashion, but sister field interior design as well. Do you still have avocado green appliances? No. Wallpaper with coordinating border? I sure hope not (if so, read my recent blog on wallpaper....it'll steer you in the right direction). No rooms are immune, and today I'm tackling one of my favorite rooms: the nursery. Let's talk about what's on its way out and what is on the horizon in nursery trends.
Nursery trend OUT: Graphic patterns. Yes, I'm looking at you, chevron! The recent trend of stark, contrasting patterns in nursery bedding, rugs, artwork has had its day.
Nursery trend IN: Textures. a trend not only in nurseries but in nearly every room. Textures are the way to go. No more busy patterns, say hello to calming, lushly tactile textures for snuggling
Nursery trend OUT: Grey and white. This one is hard for me. I am truly a Scandi girl at heart, and man, do they know how to rock a monotone room (hint, hint, TEXTURE!), but for the rest of us, grey nurseries are not being done correctly. "Cold" and "nurseries" are not friends.
Nursery trend IN: Warm neutrals with color. This one goes hand in hand with textures. I am seeing lots of creams, whites, even (GASP!) beiges in nurseries. A great choice when the room is not blessed with natural light; it lightens and brightens the space. Throw in small doses of an accent color (blue is a fabulous choice for boys, girls or neutrals) and a warm wood floor and you're ready to go
Nursery trend OUT: Matching glider and footstool. You know the ones, the wood frame, detachable cushion gliders with matching gliding footstools that were in every Babies R Us. And don't get me wrong, they're not *horrible*. But after the little ones outgrow it (sniff, sniff) do you really want to relocate it to another room in your home? Nope. Another one of the sneaky nursery money suckers strikes again
Nursery trend IN: Rocker that doubles as furniture and a comfortable foot rest. There are some really really great looking rockers available out there. And not only are they comfy and perfect for rocking, you can put them in your living room with pride. Another great option is hand-me-down or vintage rocking chairs. And throw in a comfy foot rest. Pouf, ottoman, what have you. Just make sure it's friendly for crawlers and climbers. They will be there before you know it.
Nursery trend OUT: Tents. Teepees, what have you. I want to love this idea. Really, I do. And for photos or styling I think they're adorable. But when it comes down to it, they just take up so so much precious floor space. The best possible space design is to put them in a corner; they take up the least space there. But then the door/flap is over on one side and kind of wonky. If you have the door/flap facing out towards the room, which is most useful, it takes up even more room. I hate to say it, but this trend is on its way OUT
Nursery trend IN: Canopies. Kids want hide-outs and special places. Totally get it! And there are lots of options to provide this, including canopies. This can be as easy as hanging an old sheet from a hanger suspended from the ceiling (who hasn't had a home-made blanket fort??) or as fancy as the ones sold at RH Baby and Child. They take up less room, and can be used above a bed as well. No-brainer
Nursery trend OUT: Word art. Another one that I really love, but see changing. It would be one thing if there were an abundance of choices available. But really, does every new nursery need, "Be Brave, Little One"? Great sentiment. Done to death. Exception: personalized art and/or birth stats will always be in.
Nursery trend IN: Nostalgic children's books as art. I'm going out on a limb here, because I haven't seen much of this done, but I would love love love to see it come into fashion. I've used it in a few of the nurseries I've designed and think it appeals not only to children, but also to their parents. Imagine a framed picture from "Goodnight, Moon", or, going with the current animal trend, "Babar" or "Curious George". My personal favorite would be any art at all from Ezra Jack Keats but especially "The Snowy Day".
There you have it. A list of nursery trends that even Tim Gunn would applaud (let's face it, he's really the heart and soul of Project Runway, yes?). What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Meh? I want to hear it below. Comments, people!