Nursery trends that are really popping this year include '80s style, glamour and gender-neutral décor.

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When it comes to creating the perfect sleep space for Baby, there are more fun options than ever.

Here are four nursery styles that are really popping this year.


Traditional parameters like gender-specific motifs and colors, and room-specific furnishings, are giving way to a more free-spirited approach.

Try furnishing the nursery with dressers, art and seating more typically found in grown-up rooms.

Even parents-to-be who know their baby’s gender may prefer a neutral nursery. Beyond yellow, gender-neutral décor colors include gray and cream and muted, chalky pastels.

Julia Rothman’s wallpaper patterns of hand-drawn birds and clouds are appealing to all. And Target’s new Pillowfort line expands the company’s gender-neutral philosophy with décor and accessories for anyone.

Gender neutral: Pillowfort Octopus Throw Pillow, $14 at Target
Gender neutral: Pillowfort Octopus Throw Pillow, $14 at Target


Parents-to-be should view the baby’s room as a place to let their own imaginations fly, says Naomi Alon, owner of Little Crown Interiors in California.

“I encourage my clients to think about the nursery as their inner child’s fantasy space,” she says. “This is the one room in their home where they can get away with neon pink wallpaper or an over-the-top chandelier.”

For their new Emily and Meritt Pottery Barn Kids collection, Los Angeles duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliot designed gold, arrow-shaped lamps and finials, and gold-woven storage bins. A bold, black-and-white diamond pattern graces a quilt.

RH Baby & Child’s latest collection features upholstered cribs resembling wing chairs. There’s a big selection of chandeliers there, too.


As in the rest of the home, décor in the nursery is revisiting the past.

’80s funk: The Land of Nod Paradise Nightlight, $39; Ampersand Design Studio Roller Rink Rug, $249–$699 at The Land of Nod
’80s funk: The Land of Nod Paradise Nightlight, $39; Ampersand Design Studio Roller Rink Rug, $249–$699 at The Land of Nod

Joanna Gick and Jennifer O’Dowd, interior designers in Arizona, decorated a wall in a boy’s room with a big, ’70s-style geometric design, and balanced it with a similarly bold rug.

Land of Nod’s managing director, Michelle Kohanzo, thinks the ’80s in particular is a fit for kids’ rooms now.

“There’s no better decade for kid’s décor,” she says. “The trend is all about bold, playful color and pattern — it’s over-the-top and just plain silly.”

Look for acrylic wall cubes, and banana and flamingo nightlights in hot neon hues.

Land of Nod partnered with Kansas City-based studio Ampersand on a whimsical collection stitched with rainbows and geometrics, in retro color combos.


Introduce Baby to the big wide world and the skies above with printed bedding and accessories to spark imagination.

Rifle Paper Co.’s Safari wallpaper puts zebras, gazelles, ostriches and elephants in gender-neutral metallic gold. RH Baby & Child has dramatic murals of constellations, maps and jet planes. And has an array of art to spark a child’s flight of fancy.