When I found out that I was having a girl and started shopping for baby gear, I quickly came to the decision that I would try to stay away from overly gender-themed gear/decor. I love the colorful options that are out there, and I think there are ways to bring personality and excitement to a nursery without making it all pink. Expanding your child's horizons can begin with what you expose them to at home, whether it means teaching them to love nature or explore the wonder of space.
Honestly, my younger self would be shocked at this turn of heart. Growing up, my dream room would have been Disney Princess themed. My sister and I even painted our entire room purple, with a castle stenciled out on the wall and a flower border along the top. We loved it... And years later it would take at least five coats of paint to cover that dark Disney Purple.
But when it came down to it, there was something about thinking about how I want to raise my daughter that made me want to protect her from the many expectations society will likely place on her. It's part of the reason most of our products are natural wood or come in a variety of primary colors. They can fit any theme and will grow with your children.
Leen's nursery ended up being mostly neutral tones and we went with a mini-animal theme. But I will admit that we sometimes do fall for the absolutely adorable girly items - Leen's bike is the pinkest pink (picture below).
There are some incredibly dynamic and fun room themes out there that engage children's imagination without forcing them into the cliche interests. I've included some nursery decor ideas below to provide you with inspiration and ideas for things you can corporate into your own children's rooms or play spaces. Images link to their source/shop links, as available.
I love flipping through books to show Leen the different animals and sounds that they make. Leen gets so excited when she sees a dog or a cat, and the last time we saw rabbits she didn't want to stop petting them. An animal themed room is a great way to introduce animals at a young age.
Children have a natural love for exploring the outdoors, Why not bring the foliage and greenery inside, and make their bedroom a camp site year-round?
Growing up, I had those glow-in-the-dark star stickers attached to my ceiling, and I loved to look up at them as I drifted off to sleep. There's something about galaxies that makes us think of the infinite possibilities. Foster your child's inner astronaut by incorporating these cool planet wall decals.
"Oh, the places you'll see"
Travel the world from the comfort of your home by learning about all of the different places in the world, mapping them out, imagining or even planning actual trips with your child.