Southwestern Nursery Decor

Wow, I love how my little boy’s Southwestern-themed nursery turned out. This all started with a vision in my head and some inspiration ideas from Pinterest. I wanted a bright pop of color with a green, geometric wall, white accents and motifs of cactuses throughout.

I love baby rooms that can easily transition into toddler and little kid rooms. I’ve never been into the blue and pink pastel rooms – just not my personal style. When you’re spending lots of time playing with and rocking your baby to sleep, you should feel joyful in their room. The vibrancy of these colors truly make me smile when I’m in his room.

So how did I put this all together? The room just evolved one item and idea at a time. I started with a few small items that gave off that Southwestern vibe I was looking for: a cactus pillow from Land of Nod, a few pillows from Target, baby blankets all in a beautiful mint or spring green color.

We picked out an off-white rustic style crib from Wayfair which was perfect for the room. I knew I wanted a teepee, so I snagged this grey chevron print as Babies R’ Us went out of business. It’s the perfect play tent and reading nook for my boys.

My favorite part of this room is the green, triangular wall that my husband spent hours stenciling and painting with the help of a friend. Yes there are some wallpapers that you can buy with a similar pattern/design, but I wanted a specific shade of green and shape size that was appropriate for the room. My husband meticulously traced triangles on the wall and painted each shape to get the sharpest lines possible. The result was exactly what I wanted! If you look up close, the three triangles are a gold accent color; I love that small amount of gold because it adds more interest but keeps it masculine and not girly.

As for my creative contribution to the nursery, I painted my previously orange dresser (from a guest room in our Florida home) different shades of grey and white to give it a vintage/rustic look. We shopped tirelessly for the perfect knobs for the dresser and I found these lil’ beauties at Hobby Lobby, which tied into the southwestern/cactus theme. I love painting and refinishing furniture to give it a completely look! I’m very pleased with how this dresser turned out and fits into the decor of his Southwestern nursery. Maybe I’ll post a future blog on how I repainted this dresser.

Next we purchased the teepee shelf, wall decor, a few small picture frames and sunset prints (see retailers below each picture). It’s a smaller room with a big statement wall, so I knew we didn’t need to add much decor-wise. With kids rooms, I think the ‘less is more’ applies. Before you know it, there will be lots of toys in the room anyway.

My tips for any new mom planning out their nursery would be to take some time to find inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram. There’s so many ways you can design your nursery, but you gotta decide on what your vision is first. Then pick out a color scheme, theme or a motif if you want one, crib and other furniture, and purchase smaller items little by little, such as pillows, blankets, signs etc.

Tweak and add things as you get farther along in your pregnancy or postpartum ;). If you don’t finish the nursery until the baby is 3 or 6 months old – oh well – it happens to a lot of us.

How will you decorate your baby’s nursery? Where did you find inspiration for the decor?

Author: Kelley Spencer

Kelley is a Christian author, gardener, recovering perfectionist, overthinker, mental health advocate and mother of two boys (and one angel) living in the Midwest. She loves tacos, being active outside and planning weekend getaways. Her story, Radical Obedience, was published by Dayspring in Sweet Tea for the Soul. Kelley has God-sized dreams of publishing several books and Bible Studies designed to reach others for Christ in their most vulnerable, painful circumstances.

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