Good Questions: Creating a Themed Nursery

Good Questions: Creating a Themed Nursery

Sep 14, 2007

First time parents Allan and Mindy have a question:"We both love Winnie the Pooh, and want to do a Pooh themed nursery, but there is just so much Pooh stuff out there, and when we look at it all together it looks kind of junky and generic. Any tips on how to do a theme nursery that doesn't look too 'themey'?"

We adore Winnie the Pooh, but are snobby purists who think that the difference between 'Classic' Pooh and 'Licensed' Pooh is the basis of your problem. We have a few ideas on how to get the Pooh nursery of your dreams after the jump.

It is really easy to go overboard when the character you love is as heavily licensed as Pooh is. You can get Pooh sheets, blankets, wallpaper borders, lamps, rugs, chairs, cribs...etc. But we think that you might have better luck going back to basics, with Classic Pooh. Below is the cover of an older version of the book, and the original art is a hundred times more beautiful than any of the newer stuff. We would start there.

Next to the cover art is a handy strip of the main colors used (thanks, Photoshop!), and we would start by picking three of our favorites from those, and using them as the basis for our wall colors, bedding, and carpet - one as the main color, and the other two as accents. Classic Winnie the Pooh art also usually has at least one red in it, and we might look for ways to add a little red into the room as well.

Then we add in the Pooh. One of the features we love in Roman's nursery is the presence of books, and how they became a design element in that nursery. The wall shelves display the front covers of some classic children's books, and we would use this idea to display classic editions of Winnie the Pooh around your nursery. We would also display a few stuffed Poohs/Eeyores/Piglets, and put up a few framed Classic Pooh pieces of art - we are especially fond of the Box Framed Classic Prints. Think along the lines of creating vignettes of Pooh in the room, over running a Pooh-printed wallpaper border around the whole thing.

What do you think, AT readers? What else would you do to add a little Pooh to Allan and Mindy's nursery?

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