Novelty Nurseries

Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of nursery pictures online — maybe it’s just the pregnancy talking, but I really love looking at different nursery themes and seeing what kinds of creative things people have done for decorations. I’ve actually started a little collection of nursery pictures, and I figured I’d start sharing some of my favorites on this blog.

But I’ll say that even within my collection so far, there seem to be a number of very different approaches that people take with nursery design in general. Some are traditional-looking, some stick tightly to a specific theme, and some are so stark and modern that they hardly look like a baby belongs there at all.

For this post, I thought it would be fun to focus on some the more over-the-top novelty nurseries I’ve found — the ones that take a theme and really run with it. For instance, this nursery took the nautical and beach theme so far as to actually include a giant mural with a beach and lighthouse:

Nautical-themed nursery with lighthouse mural. Image from here.

But in case the lighthouse mural is a bit much, here’s another slightly more subdued variation on the nautical theme, which includes a giant wall of fishes — each individually cut from colored pieces of felt — as well as little starfish and seahorses scattered around elsewhere in the room:

Nursery with fish wall. Image from here.

This next one was inspired by the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, complete with fake jungle plants and a massive wrap-around jungle mural. The mural was painted using sample-size cans of Behr Premium wall paint, and took a full 30 hours to complete:

Nursery with jungle mural. Image from here.

This next example went in a more urban industrial direction, with city-themed crib bedding and artwork featuring bicycles and helicopters. They also painted the silhouette of a city skyline in soft shades of grey on the walls:

Nursery with city skyline. Image from here.

In a similar vein, this next nursery also went for the urban feel, but in a slightly different way — this one seems less like an industrial metropolis and more like a downtown street or park. And they actually hired a graffiti artist off of Craigslist to paint the baby’s name in big graffiti-style letters on the wall:

Nursery with graffiti wall. Image from here.

The last item in my over-the-top novelty nursery pictures showcase is this circus-themed one, decorated with vintage posters from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey purchased on Ebay. They also painted the nursery walls to look like the inside of a big blue and white circus tent:

Nursery with circus tent walls. Image from here.

Anyway, while all of these nursery designs are interesting and fun to look at, I’m not sure we’d want to do anything nearly this crazy or elaborate when it comes to setting up our own — especially the types of designs that would involve complex painting projects or heavy wallpaper use. I think something sweet, simple, and (at least mostly) gender-neutral is more what we’re going for.

So in my next nursery-themed blog post, I’ll include some examples I’ve found that are more our speed — stay tuned! And in the meantime, if anyone reading has stumbled upon any interesting nursery picture websites or blogs, feel free to share a link in the comments.


  1. I like the “Wild Things” one! It could be toned down, but keep the calming blues and greens. And just maybe, Joe might find a talent for painting a little water and sailing ship scene with trees in the background!

  2. I have to agree, as Where the Wild Things Are was a favorite book of mine as a kid. Not sure about the movie though, I hear it’s more focused on the monsters than the kid realizing he was loved even when he acted out.

  3. Thanks for the comments! The “Wild Things” one is definitely eye-catching, and I like the idea of using yellows and greens to get a cheerful and gender-neutral look. I wonder about doing a variation on that theme with other wall decorations instead of a mural, since unfortunately I think that kind of painting is beyond our skill level. :)

  4. Thanks for the links! I liked the ones with the bamboo and the owls in the cute pastel tree. Giant removable wall stickers definitely seem like a nice option if we decide to do something mural-like without having any idea how to paint one. :)

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