These Are the Nursery Decor Trends That Will Dominate in 2022

These Are the Nursery Decor Trends That Will Dominate in 2022

From neutral and soft decor to bold pops of color, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing a home nursery. A baby room should be a warm and comfortable space for them to sleep and grow up in, but it should also be a well-organized, savvy space that parents also enjoy spending time in—after all, between nap time and night feeds, they’ll also be regulars in the room.

If you’re looking to give your nursery space an overhaul, take inspiration from the latest trends. A new Nursery Trends Report from Rated People has revealed the biggest nursery design trends for 2021/2022, taking into account  Pinterest and Google search data across a variety of themes including fictional characters, colors, fairy tales, animals, transport, and sports.

Stars have long been a firm favorite when it comes to nursery design, and this year it’s no different. With 973 dedicated Pinterest boards and 266,300 searches, star-themed nurseries dominate the report.

Going hand-in-hand with stars, sky nurseries came in at number two with 412 Pinterest boards and 94,400 searches.

Next up, woodland-themed nurseries, with 1,008 dedicated Pinterest boards and 88,000 Google searches. Natural landscapes are a hugely popular pick, and it’s easy to see why—they’re serene and calming, yet wonderfully whimsical. Take inspiration from Gabrielle Union’s woodland nursery, featuring a gorgeous forest-inspired mural that’s heavy in sage greens, muted pinks, and calming neutrals. Other popular nature nursery designs that proved popular in the report are rainbows and sunshine.

As expected, fictional characters are hugely popular when it comes to designing a baby room. A much-loved classic, Winnie the Pooh, who turned 95 last month, is a firm favorite with 800 Pinterest boards and 76,800 searches. Newer characters like Moana also made the list, with 33 Pinterest boards and 61,900 searches.

According to the report, the most popular nursery colors are green, black, natural, pink, and yellow, while pom-poms and macrame are favored among parents who want to add some depth and texture to their baby’s room.

B&A: 2 Rainbow Paint Projects Totaling $170 Brighten This Once-Boring Nursery

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Tiny Person, Tiny Room: Homes With Clever Solutions to Fitting in a Nursery

Tiny Person, Tiny Room: Homes With Clever Solutions to Fitting in a Nursery

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If only the universe were a little more accommodating, every time you added a new person to your family, a new room would magically be added to your abode. Alas, it is not so. But the good news is that, for a while at least, tiny people do not take up very much space, so in the same way that you can morph part of a living room into a home office or a closet into a (grown-up) bedroom, you can carve out a spot for your little one. (Their stuff can take up a ton of space, but that’s a completely different story.) 

If you’re racking your brains about where to fit your new addition in your current home, check out the ingenious ways the real-life small space dwellers below squeezed a nursery into hardly any space at all. 

Ella and Brandon created a mini nursery in their Brooklyn bedroom for baby. They use an office filing cabinet for baby clothes and installed open shelves for toiletries, toys, and teethers.

Neda and Amir’s baby actually sleeps in the living room thanks to a nursery corner they created. It flows with the rest of their apartment’s mid-century/Moroccan style.

Believe it or not, this nursery is found in a main bedroom’s walk-in closet. Anna and her husband purchased wardrobes to house their clothing in instead and kept everything in their nursery closet light and bright.

Sarah Sherman Samuel designed this very sweet little nursery that also tucks into a closet (after the doors were removed for safety). If your apartment is short on bedrooms, but not on closets, this is an option to consider.

Stylist Laura Hollabaugh created a nursery for her daughter Isla in what was once a long, narrow walk-in closet.

We tend to think of loft beds as the stuff of college dorms, but San Francisco residents Erin and Danny made use of a loft bed in their apartment’s tiny bedroom to make room for a baby below.

Jesyka from Visual Vocabularie added a changing pad to the top of a dresser and tucked a petite crib next to it to create a “nursery wall” in the master bedroom.

OK, maybe you can put baby in the corner. It does help if you have a bassinet as pretty as this one, spotted on Thoughts from Alice. All you really need for baby is a small footprint — and a willingness to fit everything in.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

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