I’ve had several of you ask if and when I’d be sharing more of Benjamin’s nursery- so here it is! I am so excited to share this space with you. I have never put so much thought and care into designing a space. It’s been so special to make choices and pull together a room where I imagine our little boy growing up.
For so long this room was just sort of a nothing space. There was a dresser and a twin bed… but we rarely used it for anything other than a holding area. The room has really transformed, and we’re excited for our little guy to be in this space.
When I started looking at pieces for the nursery, I tentatively picked out the crib, rocking chair, and dresser before we knew the gender. We waited until after our anatomy scan before buying anything, but boy or girl, I was hoping to use neutral furniture.
Aside from neutral furniture, the other design choice I was set on was using wallpaper in the room regardless of gender. The room is small, and I was pretty certain the furniture I was planning to use would fit just so, and I wanted wallpaper on the wall with the crib. I flipped through tons of paper options and showed Mathew probably a few dozen prints. He really liked this vintage plane paper and said if we have a boy, he would love to use that print in the room.
The next day, we had our anatomy ultrasound and saw pretty clearly that we were having a boy! I never pictured myself decorating with a theme (I’m one of those people who believes the theme of a nursery is “baby” and I prefer to leave all the cheesy things out), but my hormones couldn’t resist Mathew’s love for the airplane wallpaper, so we went with it.
From there, I fell in love with this rug from West Elm. We bought the 5’x8′ which fills the room perfectly. It was an investment, but it’s something I can see us using for many years, and could easily be moved to another room in the house. I waited for it to go on sale and in the end, I think it was a great deal for a wool rug.
After choosing the rug (it’s always easier to choose a main piece for the room before picking paint!), I brought home a few paint chips and decided to go with this muted grey/blue from Behr called Zero Gravity. It shows a little more grey than blue in person. (I made the mistake of choosing the eggshell finish instead of satin. Normally, it wouldn’t be a problem, but I had trouble with our wallpaper adhering properly, and unfortunately, it has some bubbles. I was super disappointed when I realized the mistake. If I could go back in time, I would have picked satin for that reason, but I didn’t know. You can’t really tell in the photos, but if you’re in the room and the lighting hits the wall just right it’s easy to notice.)
We picked out just a few accents that give a nod to the airplane theme. I didn’t want to go overboard, but I also felt like the wallpaper couldn’t be the only airplane reference in the room. I found this cloud mobile at Target which was a nod to aviation without being overt and that combined with the bi-plane string art took up enough space without having to purchase a large piece of expensive art.
Sources: crib | crib sheet | crib blanket | dresser | changing pad | rocking chair | throw blanket | pouf ottoman | closet organizer, drawers | wood hangers | drawer organizers | rug | sheepskin rug | storage baskets | cloud mobile | bi-plane string art | wooden propeller | bookshelf | wallpaper | paint color
Let me know if I missed anything- I can easily find and add the link for you!
What do you think of the space? Have you decorated a nursery or kids rooms before? How would you design a baby boy nursery? What are your thoughts on themed designs? Would you ever hang wallpaper?