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Forum staff reports, Published March 16 2013

Nine nursery décor trends

FARGO – This is the year of the unconventional nursery.

Gone are the traditional, cutesy, pink and blue rooms. In their place are stylish rooms that incorporate modern design trends, whimsical touches and practicality.

Nine nursery décor trends prove that the baby’s room doesn’t have to be childish.

1. Chevron.

Chevron prints are popular in home decor, and nurseries are no exception. Look for the trend in bedding, accessories and furniture.

2. Gray.

Furniture, bedding and walls are all getting a touch of gray this year. It’s the new favorite neutral.

The unisex color works great as a base color to build on. Pops of yellow and blue are especially trendy when paired with gray.

3. Convertible cribs.

It changes from crib to toddler bed to headboard, so it can be used throughout a child’s life.

4. Modern appeal.

Parents are steering away from cutesy stuffed animal designs and décor. Many are opting for more retro-inspired shapes and colors, sleek furniture and clutter-free lines.

5. Unique mobiles.

Making mobiles is a great way to inject a personal touch and have a keepsake for years to come. Pinterest and craft blogs have dozens of ideas for homemade mobiles.

6. Organic.

As parents become more educated about the risks of many modern chemicals, non-toxic paints, organic cotton bedding and mattresses free of dangerous chemicals are more popular.

7. Secondhand furniture finds.

A coat of paint can transform a thrift-store find into an affordable nursery gem.

8. Personal touches.

Don’t be afraid to stray from traditional baby décor. Include photos, artwork and memorabilia that you enjoy.

9. Form and function.

Trendy chairs and stylish rockers combine function with fun.

Sources: WhatToExpect.com and The Bump’s blog