Give your baby an early dose of wanderlust.
The moment you bring home your bundle of joy will be engraved forever in your memory. But before you start your lifelong journey into parenthood, chances are you’ll have to make room for your newborn in your house. And if you are the kind of person who gets excited just by the thought of jetting off to a faraway destination, then you can use your wanderlust as inspiration for your baby’s nursery. Plus, we’re pretty sure there’s nothing cooler and more educational than growing up surrounded by memorabilia and objects inspired by cultural diversity and history.
Interior designer Thom Filicia seems to agree with us.
“I like the idea of the global baby and infusing the nursery with elements from all over the world—whether it's through artwork, animals, or cultural and architectural landmarks,” he says. “This is an opportunity to be a little over the top and create a space that excites and inspires.”
First things first, though—think about the essentials. You can transform a regular crib by adding a world map bed sheet and hanging a hot air balloon mobile above it. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, opt for something more unusual and out-of-the-box, like a beautiful vintage French crib or wrought iron cradle. You can add a removable baby hammock to the crib for some island life vibes.
Convert a chest made of stacked vintage suitcases into a changing table by placing a topper on it. Or if an entire chest would look too busy in the room, then opt for a smaller suitcase to use as storage for wipes and diapers next to the topper.
“Don't forget the biggest canvas of all—the walls and ceiling,” adds Filica. “You can use decals on the walls and ceiling to create murals that can easily be changed or evolve as your child grows.”
He suggests using a variety of colors and materials in the room to really make it special and push the limits a bit: “I would stick to five or six colors and layer texture through drapery, wall treatment, or upholstery. “
Opt for a South American-made area rug in vibrant shades and fun patterns. A Peruvian manta, or cloak, would always come in handy for chilly nights and naptime.
Now, peruse our picks for home décor items that will bring some serious wanderlust into your baby’s room.