This week on our Ask the Designer series we’re talking about nursery trends. Trends are often sought after and determined by a number of factors including retailers like Caden Lane, so we hope you’re able to get a lot of useful information from our designer, Katy Mimari, this week! Without further ado, here we go!
As a designer you follow trends in nursery design pretty closely. Have there been any nursery trends that have stuck with you even after they’re no longer “in”?
Hmmm, well I’d have to admit that the Coral Nursery Trend still holds a special place in my heart! I just can’t seem to quit that gorgeous shade of peach, and it never seems to get old either – don’t you agree? In fact – I love how it’s transformed into multiple shades: Peach Nursery trend anyone? Conversely, I was over the Chevron Nursery Trend before the rest of the world. I still make a slight gagging noise every time I see anything chevron. It was just sooooo over-done. Of course, we still have chevron baby bedding – but it seems minimal. In fact, let’s call it zig zag baby bedding!
Is there a difference between nursery trends and nursery themes? Are nursery trends the new themes?
Ooooh, great question! Yes, I think the typical “nursery theme” has turned into the new nursery trend! In our baby store in San Antonio, Nursery Couture, we always ask expecting parents what their nursery theme is – and it’s so funny to hear most of them state colors as a theme instead of a specific animal, or occupation like ballerinas and/or airplanes.
What nursery trends do you consider “timeless”?
Animal themes seem to be pretty timeless, especially for baby boy nursery design. Elephants and monkeys have always been top on my list – their neutral colors work well for gender neutral nursery design too.
In the last “Ask the Designer” post we talked about color, so, color or trends? Where would you start?
I think that one doesn’t exclude the other. If you have colors that you love for the room you can typically make them work with a “theme” and the other way around. You can start with either and end up with a gorgeous nursery. If you want to start with color, current popular trends in nursery design seem to still be leaning heavily towards unique color combinations like coral and navy, mint, and pink and blue. Gray and yellow nursery design has been holding strong for years too!
Styles come back around in cycles; do you see that with nursery trends also? And is it ever close enough to be able to reuse with another child?
Definitely! Things like cribs, furniture and even quilts have definitely come back around from years ago. The mid-century modern trend in furniture that is so popular again has definitely flowed over into nursery design. And quilts, while modernized and maybe not handmade by grandma any more, have come back into popularity. Plus, I love being able to use pass-me downs! Especially when you can make something old new again. I think, like in fashion and other industries, it can take decades to recycle trends but the Boho Nursery Trend is a great example of how trends can evolve and combine into something new, which can be perfect for a second child! The boho nursery is an eclectic mix of recently popular trends such as rustic, vintage and tribal. It’s a great way to incorporate a few dated trends from years past with fresh trends, colors, and styles! I’d even be OK with a little chevron mixed in to a perfectly boho styled nursery.
What is your current favorite trend and why?
I love the navy and coral / peach combination. I think the navy is such a fresh contrast against the lighter peach shades and together with a vintage style floral print, it really allows for a unique and trendy nursery design. One of our newest crib sets, the Charlie’s Crib Bedding in coral and navy, can be mixed and matched with a printed ruffle crib skirt, or our gradient coral ombre crib skirt. Add a few gold accents and you’ve got a GORGEOUS trendy nursery!
What has been the worst nursery trend in recent years, in your opinion?
Chevron. LOL. But it’s a love-hate relationship! I was obsessed at first, and even did my youngest daughter’s room in the chevron print (before it was crazy popular)! But, as soon as you start to see the pattern on everything from wrapping paper to tissue boxes, you know it’s over and done.
Where is a good place to look for the latest in nursery trends?
Pinterest is a gold mine for design ideas, trends, and inspiration. I always recommend starting a few baby boards with different color ideas – that way you can see which board you pin most to. Sometimes the hardest part is narrowing down to a specific style, especially with so many nursery trends to pick from right now! Two of my favorite boards we have are Gold Nursery Inspiration and Tribal Nursery Ideas.
What if a trend you love doesn’t match the rest of your house…at all? Should you still go for it?
Oh, no need to worry about that! The nursery is the one room where anything goes! So if you want to paint stripes on the ceiling, and glue rhinestones on the wall – you go for it. In fact, I can’t even imagine a “living room” inspired nursery – so pay no attention to the rest of your home, your kids rooms should be unique, and have a certain aww-factor when you’re standing at the door. It should not match your master bedroom!
Is it okay to pick and choose elements from different nursery trends you love and end up not being on trend?
Of course! If I worried about always being on trend I should take a long look at my own closet! Lol! I think I mentioned it above, but one of the hottest trends right now is the Boho Style nursery, which is perfectly described as a combination of multiple styles, colors, and prints! So absolutely, pick and choose your favorite aspects of any design trend – if you love it, it’ll be perfect in your dream nursery! And luckily, that little bean can’t really speak up for a few years with their opinion – so just go for it!
What have been the most popular trends for Caden Lane?
Well, the trend that put us on the map was back in 2005 with the pink and brown and blue and brown color combinations, so I’d say that design trend will always have a special place in my heart! (We even have a few of those sets available in our SALE section!) The color coral definitely was a huge hit for us, our original coral ombre crib skirt mix and matches with so many of our coral crib sets, and our coral and gold dot baby bedding has been a top seller for years. Chevron has also been one of our top trends, our Ikat Collection offered a gorgeous pink and turquoise chevron crib set, and the same in blue and gray for boys. Today, I’d say the eclectic boho mix and match style is top on our list – but we have a huge selection of crib sheets that coordinate with almost any nursery trend!
What do you see as the biggest nursery trends for the rest of 2016?
I think we are going to see a lot of new floral prints, especially in the watercolor and bohemian style prints. We just added our Teagan’s crib set which features the popular Rifle Paper Co prints in unique and fresh color combinations.
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