Designing the Nursery

Choosing a design for your baby’s nursery can seem overwhelming as a nursery should be soothing, fun, and functional all at the same time. Like any other type of fashion or design, there are certainly trends in nursery design. If you are expecting a child, the following is a short guide to some trends for designing the nursery in 2016. Hopefully, these can provide some helpful guidance and inspiration for your own nursery!

Neutral color palette

The “blue for boys, pink for girls” is long gone when it comes to choosing a palette for your nursery. Instead, neutrals are being used to create a clean and calming atmosphere in the form of soft tans, grays, and creams. When it comes to a neutral palette, there are many options beyond paint color, and using textured neutrals is especially on trend, including natural wood, rugs, linens, and baskets.


When adding color accents, turn to another big trend—pastels. Vintage pastels such as light jade or dusty rose add color while remaining soothing and soft.

Geometric shapes

With all the neutral and pastels colors, a nursery can run the risk of seeming “mushy” or flat. Adding clean, sharp lines of geometric shapes can help avoid too much softness and create a cleaner, more modern feel.

Jazz up the lighting

Pendants are not only for above the dining room table, as many designers are carefully selecting complex lighting fixture for nurseries. Pendants that are jeweled, geometric, structured, or funky are often the statement piece of a nursery.

Animal themes

Animals are always a great gender-neutral theme for a nursery. From horses to elephants to puppies to fish, animals can be included on wall art, linens, pillows, stencils, mobiles, and much more.

Don’t pressure yourself

The most important design trends for nurseries in 2016 is to not put too much pressure on yourself to follow the rules and trends! You will be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so make sure you pick out a design that you like and that represents your style.

Stop into Karl’s Today!

Whether you want your nursery to be traditional, whimsical, or serene, Karl’s for Kids has what you need to design the perfect room for your baby. Conveniently located in Philadelphia, we serve customers across the tri-state area. Our 4-level showroom displays top brands of baby furniture and decor, including staples like cribs and rocking chairs to fun accessories. Please stop into Karl’s today or call 215-627-2515 for more information about our specific offerings.