Spotlight On: Rustic Nursery Design
Exposed wood grain finishes and natural textures aren't just "in" for Instagram-friendly Airbnbs—these elements are a big part of 2019's biggest trends in nursery design. According to Pinterest, searches for rustic nursery ideas are up 136% compared to last year, with parents gravitating towards décor with an artfully worn look.
It's a notable departure from the cutesy toy-centric themes of years past, perhaps signaling that a more sophisticated approach to nursery design has become mainstream. There are also a few other good reasons to go rustic in this space. For one, it's very forgiving and easy to get right. (There isn't even a particular color palette to consider, so there's one less decision to make.) The rustic style embraces imperfections and welcomes a mix-and-match approach to furniture. Second, it's a look that can be interpreted for every budget, especially if you're looking for art and accessories. Shopping at vintage store and flea markets will help you find great deals on these items. (Remember, the more "aged" the décor looks, the better.) Third, a rustic look is gender-neutral, which is especially appreciated by parents-to-be who are choosing to be surprised by their bundle of joy but still want to get ahead on nursery design or offer guidance for gifts from excited friends and family. Finally, there's the longevity factor. Rustic décor can be easily adapted as your child grows without ever looking too juvenile or even too dated.
If you're curious about taking a new direction with your baby's room, take a look at these inspiring interpretations of rustic nursery design.
This cozy nursery by Jodie Itami of Sypsie Designs puts a preppy spin on the trend. The imperfections within the watercolor-inspired Buffalo check wallpaper, the worn paint of the paddle wall art, and the rope-covered chandelier contribute a rustic feel that softens the effect of the traditional-style furniture throughout the room.
Buffalo check also appears as an accent in this nursery designed by Bethany Williard of Studio 1049. Whitewashed shiplap, glimpses of knotted wood, a quilt-inspired art piece, and the occasional wildlife motif furthers the wilderness theme.
A sleek crib against a mix-and-match plank-covered statement wall adds up to a refreshing combination of modern and rustic. Orange accents throughout the room draw the eye around the space, designed by Sasha Berlin of Little Star Interiors.
Alicia Lund of Cheetah is The New Black went minimalist for her son Rex's room. White walls created a fresh backdrop for a range of wood furniture (from the crib to accent chairs), a bamboo shade and woven seagrass pendant. The imperfections of the woven rug are another detail you'll find in the "new" rustic look.
Like Alicia, photographer Paige Jones opted for minimalist simplicity with a focus on neutral décor. However, hints of plant life build upon the natural elements found within the room. Petite and floor-size potted plants and a mini landscape artwork bring in the great outdoors without feeling too dark and woodsy.
A Floral Touch
Jordan Dunaway of Love, Jordan took the natural-meets-neutral approach but called upon restrained floral touches for a softer look. A pom-pom garland echoes the yarn of the wall hanging (and the texture of the rug) while also adding a little pop of color.