8 Trends in Kids’ Decor that Aren’t Going Anywhere Soon

I give birth early December and I’ve been searching the Internet for decor inspiration for the new wee one’s nursery. I take inspiration from design and decor blogs, online magazines and, of course, Pinterest and can’t help but notice the same decor trends for kids’ rooms popping up over and over and over.  And over. Until they start to seem…really over.

That sounds bad. Most of these trends I actually really like: Adorable, stylish, modern, practical, cute (some are super twee, too, but whatever) — they endure for a reason! Some of them have already become classics. But the flip side is that they’re overplayed. They’ve become the deer antlers of 2013.  NO! NOT THE DEER ANTLERS OF 2013!!!! Aaargh!

Here are 8 decor trends for kids’ rooms — listed in no particular order —  impossible to ignore.

  • 1. Whimsical Fabric Banners 1 of 8
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    They're cute, they nod to a DIY design aesthetic. And they're everywhere. But aren't they adorable? 

    Custom Colors Bunting Fabric Flags Banner by MariaClaireInteriors, Etsy, $40.

  • 2. The Eames Molded Rocker 2 of 8
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    As much as I would love to own this chair in every single color, I'm not sure how it found its way so completely into kids' rooms (see examples here, here and here) because -- is it just me? --  rocking chairs (in candy colors, no less) and little kids are a pinched finger and broken arm waiting to happen. My three year old would turn this thing into a catapult within a half hour. And where am I supposed to rest my head during late night nursings?

    Eames Molded Plastic Rocker with Maple Base by Herman Miller, Room&Board, $519.

  • 3. The Ikea Sheepskin 3 of 8
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    It's almost like a form of neglect NOT to have one of these styling stalwarts in a child's rooms.  (See decor examples here and here.)

    Rens Sheepskin, Ikea, $29.99

  • 4. The Eames-Style Rocker WITH the Ikea Sheepskin 4 of 8
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    These two are like the peanut butter and jelly of decor -- where you find one, you'll find the other lurking nearby.  (Examples here, here and here.) 

  • 5. Teepees 5 of 8
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    Seriously, what's with all the teepees? The most confounding thing about this trend are all the DIY blogs that tell you how to make your very own teepee from scratch. Yeah. Right. Like I'm going to get down on my hands and knees and drape a bunch of fabric on sticks guaranteed to collapse after 10 minutes of play. Sure. Okeeee

    Parental frustration aside, I'm sure my 3 year old would LOVE this teepee from Land of Nod ($159) a whole bunch. 

  • 6. The Ikea Maskros Pendant 6 of 8
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    I love this light fixture. I really do. I don't care that it's the McDonald's of light fixtures.

    PS Maskros, Ikea, $89.99

  • 7. White, White and More White 7 of 8
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    Heavy pinks, lavenders and greens have fallen out of favor as dominant colors in kids' rooms for a cleaner, more Scandinavian palette of white on white tinged in white and trimmed with some more white. Accent colors hew toward sophisticated grays, camels/wood, beiges, creams, oatmeal and more white.    

    Kendall Fixed Gate Crib, Pottery Barn Kids, $399 down from $599

  • 8. Chevron 8 of 8
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    Chevron madness has been declared DOA for three, four (five?) years now, but it's not going anywhere. The classic zig zag design is too punchy and fun to vacate a child's room just yet. Might as well put a bird on it. 

    Chevron Bird Art Print by GatheredNestDesigns, Etsy, $24

 

 

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