How to Design a Neutral Nursery

These days the trends have completely changed in nursery styling and I could not be more excited about it! Heck, it’s even changed since having my son just 8 years ago! Every thing was all about being gender specific and going all pink or all blue. If you were unsure of the sex or chose to have a little surprise it was suggested to do everything in yellow from clothing to paint colors. (Thank goodness were over the yellow.)

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Grey is the new everythanngggggg am I right? My obsession lately is mixing in browns, wood tones, and grey’s to keep it warm and homey feeling. Tonight I am spilling all my secret tips on how I transformed a pink explosion into a gender neutral gorgeous nursery with spending less than $300! Okay lets start getting inspired shall we?

Making Over The Bed and Crib to Look Pottery Barn Worthy 

I just love the warmth that wood brings to any room, the whites and wood together just make my little soul sing! In a previous blog I wrote all about how I transformed the crib and the bed with wood cuts that I stained. I knew I wanted to make sure to incorporate the earthy tones and feeling with this bedroom. The  best part is I did not spend a dime (except lumber cost) on a new bed or crib, with a little TLC and up cycle you can totally get creative with hand me downs you already have. Remember to think out side of the box.

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Choosing Paint Colors to Completely Swoon Over

When we first purchased our home I was a total newbie to paint and Oh mannnnn did it show! I wanted every wall a different color and was so excited to mix and match that it looked like a walking chaotic hot mess. I knew this was my last shot at “re doing” a kids room with the hubby that I needed to be careful with color choice and find something completely neutral that would still be bright and airy. After samples upon samples I stumbled upon the color “Cozy Haven” and just fell in love. It’s the perfect mix of the grey and taupey tones that I was searching for. I then hit the ceiling with Ultra Bright White to make the lower ceilings appear to be higher. (Never use dark colors on a low ceiling – stay as bright as possible for a larger looking room trick.) I then Pinterested my little heart out and found these mountains that were so simple and took me less than an hour to create with masking tape and matte chalk paint. I used Black, Grey, and White for the Mountains. (This does take a few coats of paint so make sure you let completely dry before thinking your finished!)

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Upcycling Dressers and Furniture

When my daughter was a baby we bought the Chestnut dresser, changing table, and crib. The furniture was only a few years old so I could not bare to just sell it or toss it so the paint got whipped out again. I really wanted to bring a little modernes in with all the earthy tones I was choosing so I went with a simple black and white pattern with pops of bright gold on the knobs. This took me less than 2 hours and turned out amazing! Best part? The cost…Nada.

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Adding the Perfect Pop Pieces

With this being my last little one, I really wanted every piece in this room to have character, tell a story and just pop. The art of simplicity and minimalism has really been my thing lately, especially with realizing how a ton of decor can be cluttered appearing and overwhelming. I found small companies, Etsy shops, and of course Hobby Lobby and Home Goods to find the perfect little additions. If your following us on Instagram you will see I always tag where these great pieces are from! Some of my favorite additions have been the custom name wood art by Funky Letter Boutique and the sweet and simple evergreen decals from Urban Walls.

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Remember just like your mama told you when learning to apply makeup, the same goes for nursery decor. Less is More.

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Happy Decorating Mamas!




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