Our Travel-Themed Nursery (Plus 7 easy DIY Ideas)
- Post author By Melissa
- Post date August 17, 2022
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A travel-themed nursery is becoming a popular idea, particularly among parents with a passion for travel.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting a baby in summer 2015, we did what every new parent does… First, we completely freaked out. Holy cow, we’re going to be parents! Will we still be the same people? How will our lives change once there is a tiny human in the house? Will we still be able to travel?
Then, we started envisioning that adorable growing baby. Those tiny fingers and toes! That soft newborn baby hair! The sweet coos and gassy smiles! We can do this parenting thing. Of course, we can still travel with a baby! In fact, it will be cool to show her the world.
Finally, we sprung into preparation mode. We converted the office into a nursery, registered for a bunch of stuff we needed and even more stuff we only thought we needed. (Seriously, you don’t need a diaper wipes warmer. You just don’t.) Then we hit up the baby stores, perused catalogs, and searched Pinterest for the perfect nursery theme.
Butterflies? Eh… Princesses? Not our thing… Chevron print? Cool, but a bit overdone.
Our Baby Girl’s Travel-Themed Nursery
We wanted something unique that reflected our lives and our interests. There was only one theme that we could both truly agree on… A travel-themed nursery . We wanted our nursery and our home to give that feeling of traveling even when we couldn’t actually travel . (You know, like during those sleepless newborn months.)
Nowadays you can find all kinds of travel-themed home decor items , party supplies , and cl othing . Couples who love to travel are even planning engagement parties, weddings, and pregnancy announcements that are travel-themed .
But when we were planning for the arrival of our future frequent flier, travel was not a popular theme. It was not readily available in any baby store, on Amazon , or even Etsy. I’m also not the type of crafty person who can turn a concept into a reality. But luckily, I have some pretty crafty friends, so our concept turned into a perfect, yet inexpensively put together travel-themed nursery.
Putting together a DIY travel-themed nursery
First, we decided on a color scheme that had absolutely nothing to do with the theme. We chose mint, grey, and coral. Then, we purchased items to build the theme around and fabric and scrapbook paper with which we covered those items.
We found picture frames that matched our color scheme perfectly. Then, we framed maps and poster paper of vintage luggage tags and p o stag e stamps . We decoupaged wooden letters to spell out our daughter’s name, and had all of our friends and family sign a globe at the baby shower and write a message to our future tiny traveler.
Finally, after our sweet daughter made her arrival, we had her newborn photos taken sleeping in a vintage suitcase . We had the photo enlarged, and it now hangs on a lightweight canvas above what was once her crib and is now her toddler bed. The room has been able to grow with our daughter and has inspired a love for the world and other cultures in her, just as we’d hoped it would.
Tips to create a nursery with a travel theme
For those wanting to do their own travel-themed nursery , or any theme that isn’t readily available in home decor or baby stores, here are a few tips.
- Think outside the box. We found the prints we framed in the scrapbook aisle, not the decor aisle. And nothing in our daughter’s room, aside from her furniture, was purchased in a baby store.
- Build around a color scheme. You aren’t constricted by a ready-made theme. So find colors you love, and bring in those colors using accent pieces and picture frames.
- Don’t think you have to spend a fortune. A custom theme can be done without the help of an interior designer, and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. While we splurged on our daughter’s crib bumpers and the newborn photos of her in a suitcase, the rest of the decor items cost less than a couple hundred dollars.
- Decorate with items not typically found in a nursery. Suitcases, maps, road signs, globes, framed family travel quotes , and luggage tags can all be used to bring your theme together.
Do you have a travel-themed nursery or room in your house? Leave us a comment below and tell us how you brought it together.
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5 comments on “Our Travel-Themed Nursery (Plus 7 easy DIY Ideas)”
This is so different from all the other rooms I’ve seen but I quite like it. It’s different and I feel it captures your essence as a family that love to travel. Your DIY friends did a great job
Thank you! I mainly decided to share the pictures of Avery’s nursery in case other families are looking for a similar theme and need some ideas of how to make it work. Some of her knickknacks are collected from other countries and bought from native artisans so we can support the local economies a little everywhere we go.
I love this nursery! What a wonderful job you did and what a lot of wonderful things to stimulate a young and curious mind!
Thank you so much! I wanted her room’s decor to grow with her and not look too babyish when she is older.
my daughter is an adult now but I had so much fun painting and decorating her room over the years. I felt like it was really a place to let the imagination take wings. Beautifully done!
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Inspiring List of 100 Beautiful Baby Girl Nursery Ideas
You’ve been shopping in person and online, but you’re just not sold on any of the traditional baby girl nursery themes. This one’s too girly, this one’s too avant-garde, this one’s too blah… you’re just not finding something that clicks.
But every day, that due date is getting a little closer, and that’s certainly not helping things on the decorating front. So what’s going to happen now? Are you doomed to cover the whole room in pink and call it a day?
I’ve got a better idea. Let’s learn from the pros and see how they did it. I’ve collected over 100 totally original and stylish baby girl nursery ideas fit for your little one. Browse this list and see what inspiration strikes you.
Boho Chic Stars and Moon
This striking nursery relies heavily on a white background and subdued colors on top. Calming and feminine without being overly girly . Visit source…
This fashion blogger decorated her little girl’s room in shades of cream and rose, and of course, put the emphasis on fashion. (LOVE the Coco Chanel book for babies!). Visit source…
Designing for Twins
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Minimalist and Artistic
This sweet baby room decoration idea was designed with a decorator’s eye. Midcentury elements mix in with classics (like the Jane Austen books) to create something altogether new. Visit source…
Pink and Gray Nursery
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It’s so great to see wallpaper put to such beautiful use! The soft pinks and restful grays in this room create an elegant look. Visit source…
Fit for a Princess
I love how this blogger incorporated animals into the baby girl nursery decor without overpowering motifs. Clever and subtle! Visit source…
Subtle Animal Theme
Looking for a designer imposter? Here’s a DIY tutorial on how to make a Land of Nod lookalike for a fraction of the cost. This design sticks with simple lines and would work well in any room! Visit source…
Pink and Sweet
This nursery went with a classic pink color scheme, but toned it down with shades of white and taupe. Sophisticated and cute! Visit source…
Who says nautical themes are only for boys? This clever blogger made an absolutely amazing mermaid themed nursery in teals, golds, and neutrals. Visit source…
Modern and Avant-Garde
From the midcentury modern chandelier to the native American patterned carpet to the whimsical wall art, everything about this nursery is original. Visit source…
Birds and Beasts
B ird-themed wallpaper takes center stage in this nursery. Framed artwork and hand-picked toys round out the room beautifully. Visit source…
Peach and Gray
Peach is an underused color, in my opinion. To see a beautiful example of how it can look in a little girl’s room, don’t miss this adorable nursery. Visit source…
Whites and Blues
This room moves away from traditional baby girl nursery themes but still presents us with something entirely soft and dreamy. Visit source…
Purples and Blues
This nursery has as much to see on the ceiling as on the walls. I love the rich detail and unique girl nursery theme here. Visit source…
Peonies and Gold
One accent wall covered in floral wallpaper draw the eye and tie in the entire color theme for this gorgeous room. Visit source…
Coral and Gold
Looking for bolder colors without overwhelming the room? Try this bright and cheery combo. (Also, this might be my favorite dresser on the list!) Visit source…
This nursery shows some clever ways to play around with purple. Pairing it with contrasting colors like bronze or orange really make a statement! Visit source…
Wide gray and white stripes create a backdrop for soft contrasting pastels like sea mist blue or a dusty pink. Quiet, restful, and artistic. Visit source…
Gold and Gray Polkadots
This room lets the walls make a statement with fun polka dots while keeping the furniture in muted neutrals. Very elegant. Visit source…
You can just picture quiet snuggles in this room. The main color is gray, but it is brightened up with floral motifs and subtle pinks. Visit source…
Blush Pink Florals
The wallpaper in this nursery features large pink flowers with gray accents. The chair rail acts as a natural separation point, bringing in a neutral white. Visit source…
A chair rail separates the neutral lower half of the walls, from the brilliant “Tiffany Blue” of the upper walls. Colors like coral, gold and green offer interesting contrasts. . Visit source…
Gold and Gray
A large floral centerpiece is the focal point of this room made up of soft greys, golds, and mirrored surfaces . Visit source…
A white outline cityscape draws the eye, but there is so much else to see in this room. From the boxy bookshelf to the brushed metal chandelier. Visit source..
A soft blue covers all four walls. One wall offers a subtle contrast of a cinderblock texture. Floral accents and white fabrics create a soft and inviting look. Visit source…
Pink doesn’t always have to be overpowering, as demonstrated here in the pink floral wallpaper. Tan colored carpet and white furniture create a neutral, yet feminine room. Visit source…
This mom began with a color scheme, and built out from there. I love how this page takes us through her design process step-by-step. Visit source…
This mother of boys always dreamed of designing a girls nursery, but never got the chance until her niece came along. Here is her collection of inspirational images. Visit source…
This mom is still in the planning phases for her nursery, but she knows one thing for sure, the area rug will be bold, and make a statement. Interesting to watch her build out from there. Visit source…
Bold, tropical leaves adorn this wallpaper, contrasted by soft whites (and the occasional friendly flamingo). Visit source…
Coral and Gray Nursery
Gray can seem calming and soothing, but if you don’t break it up the right way, it can seem overly drab. What a stroke of brilliance to pair it with a cheery coral! Visit source…
Pink and Posh
The centerpiece of this room is undoubtedly the pink and gold vintage dresser, but don’t let that distract you from all the other brilliant design choices. Visit source…
Modern and Hip
Orange isn’t often a color associated with girls rooms, but this brilliant bit of decorating shows you why you should reconsider that stance. Visit source…
Another bold color adds a splash of joy and fun to this little girl’s nursery. Pastels are great, neutrals are classic, but sometimes you just need bright green. Visit source…
This room looks like something out of a baroque palace! The main theme is gold, with dark taupe and even black undertones. Visually striking, and 100% elegant. Visit source…
The use of soft violet contrasting with white and gray in this room creates a sophisticated feminine feel that will “grow up” with the baby. Visit source…
The open, airy feel of this room is complemented by reclaimed and upcycled items. Every day can feel like high summer in this gorgeous room. Visit source…
Plush and Polished
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Largely neutral, punctuated here and there by soft pink creates a calming and restful atmosphere for naptime, playtime, and everything in between. Visit source…
This room relies heavily on three colors: cream, tan, and soft pink. Everything, even down to the book covers on display and stuffed animals reinforce the decor. Visit source…
Lavender and Gold
The contrast colors in this room are soft and muted, but still stand out beautifully against the neutral background. Lavender and gold make a charming combination. Visit source…
Soft and Natural
The textures seen throughout this room involve plush furniture, soft rugs, and vases full of cotton plants. Visit source…
A Garland of Pink
Floral Garland and flower bunches adorn this little girl’s room decorated mainly in whites and neutrals. Lovely! Visit source…
A delicate chandelier of pink butterflies is one of the contrasting items which stand out against the darker gray of this beautiful nursery. Visit source…
Blue Sky Baby
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Sweet and Vintage
Everything about this nursery was hand selected for its aesthetic charm. Absolutely beautiful photos! Visit source…
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A largely neutral gray background is punctuated here and there with a lot of pale pink or shiny gold. Elegant, feminine, and regal. Visit source…
A sunshine yellow backdrop allows for a bold contrast of violet and black bedding. Just the right amount of boldness and softness in this design. Visit source…
Cool and Offbeat
Natural textures, illustrated wallpaper, and quirky design elements combine to make this one of the more unique nurseries you will find. Visit source…
The muted gray and white color theme works well with the patterned wallpaper on this nursery. Quiet and restful. Visit source…
Retro design elements like midcentury modern furniture and lighting combined with oriental rugs, mirrors, and other design elements not often found in a nursery. Very cool look! Visit source…
Toys as Decor
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Gray is clearly a popular color for nurseries right now, but this one did some really cool texturing with the paint. It makes the walls look like a cloudy sky. Visit source…
Triangles of pink, gold, and white create an eye-catching accent wall, which is wonderfully complemented by the chevron carpet. Visit source…
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Soft and Pretty Pinks
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Upcycled and Vintage
This blogger walks us through an incredible furniture transformation. Put that stunning piece in a dark gray room with soft pink curtains , and it makes quite a statement. Visit source…
Contrast and Primary
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Mix to Match
I love the uses of different wood colors in this room. A blue dresser, a light rocker, a dark crib. Just add a bright red rug, and you’ve got it! Visit source…
The floral accent wall is only the beginning. Hardwood floors, soft padded crib sides, area rug, flowing curtains… Plenty to draw the eye. Visit source…
Splash of Gold
If the gold ottoman doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will. I love the splashes of gold in this otherwise pastel pink and white room. Visit source…
Orange and Teal
Here’s a color combination we haven’t seen yet! Bright, cheery orange contrasted by bold teal. Fun, friendly, and inviting. Visit source…
A star motif adds a little something special to this simple and sweet nursery. Lots of natural light adds the finishing touch. Visit source…
San Francisco Nursery
This white and blue nursery was designed for a modern baby girl in a modern family. Simple, clean lines, but still beautiful. Visit source…
Comfy is Key
This nursery sticks with a largely white and gray theme, but the emphasis is on comfort. Soft pillows, handmade blankets , and “broken in” area rugs. Love it! Visit source…
Pink, Yellow, Teal Contrast
Pink is the main color in this room, but I absolutely love the contrasts chosen. Bright yellow and teal pop up here and there like a fun surprise. Visit source…
This room still works for a toddler. Dreamy pinks, soft textures… Who wouldn’t want to keep the room exactly as it is? Visit source…
Bold Pink Mix
Pink and gray seem to be the colors of the year, but take a look at the bold fuscia, magenta, and raspberry tones in this room. Visit source..
Step by Step Whimsy
I love this post because it walks you through, step-by-step, how to assemble a little girls nursery in a variety of different ways. Visit source…
Striking and New
This is a very minimalist approach to a nursery which still manages to be striking and unique. Take a look, you might get some inspiration here. Visit source…
360 Mural Scene
Don’t be fooled, that wraparound scene isn’t a painting, it’s wallpaper! This beautiful, wraparound scene creates the basis for a blue and white room like none we’ve ever seen . Visit source…
Aqua, Pink, and Yellow
Three colors make up the base palette for this nursery. Bright, cheery, inviting, and peaceful. Visit source…
A seashore theme might not immediately strike you as something that would work with pink, but this nursery shows you that it can be done, and done really well. Visit source…
White and Gold
The striking Chevron wallpaper creates an amazing contrast with the flowing, Lacey curtains . This entire room is done in white and gold, and it’s breathtaking. Visit source…
What a beautiful idea brought to life! This nursery was designed to look vintage in every aspect, from the furniture to the toys. Visit source…
For the Little Traveler
A travel-themed nursery which incorporates a beautiful world map, animals from around the world, and globes. Very creative! Visit source…
What a labor of love! This blogger incorporated bright primary colors everywhere in her child’s room, and she did most of it by hand. From painting to thumbtack art! Visit source…
What a cute idea! This nursery incorporates confetti anywhere and everywhere from wall art to lighting fixtures. Visit source…
Aqua and Gray Chevron
This room sticks with Aqua, white, and gray for nearly everything, and the result is dramatic and eye-catching. Visit source…
Pink and Yellow
Sweet, delicate, and feminine, the combination of pink and yellow is cheerful, sunny, and perfect for a little girl’s nursery. Visit source…
Soft greens and floral motifs adorn this space, creating an open air feel. Top it off with a bunny mobile, and it’s like a scene out of Beatrix Potter. Visit source…
Rustic and Gold
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Bright and White
Clever uses of colorful wall art and creative wall hangings help break up the mostly white theme of this beautiful room. Visit source…
Hearts and Stars
Another renovation walk-through – I love these! This mostly pink room incorporates a repeating heart and star motif on an accent wall. Visit source…
Soft Pink Motifs
This pink room uses a lot of interesting soft textures like a dream catcher, or layered area rugs (how cool)! Visit source…
These parents decorated their daughter’s nursery with pictures and toys of animals from all over the world. Lots of fun! Visit source…
Not everyone has an entire room to devote to a baby. Here is a great example of a combination nursery/home office. Very clever design. Visit source…
The use of silk flowers in this room is fantastic! I can’t get over the floral mobile hanging over the crib. It has great texture to this already delicate, pretty room. Visit source…
Wall art, bedding, and the changing table all make bold statements in purple. They stand out wonderfully against the grays and browns in the room. Visit source…
Mainly white and cream-colored, the floral curtains on this bright and sunny nursery really pop. I also love the gold trimmed mirror as a centerpiece. Visit source…
Pink and Whimsical
Several shades of pink are brought into this nursery, along with blue, yellow, and white. I love the oversize flowers hanging from the ceiling. Visit source…
You might be just as likely to see this decor in a trendy loft apartment as you would in a nursery. Browns, grays, whites, and lots of different textiles. Visit source…
This bunny themed room isn’t overly juvenile, thanks largely to the dramatic wallpaper print. Fun, but also sophisticated. Visit source…
I can’t say I’ve ever seen a cactus-themed nursery before, but after seeing how cute this looks, I’ll bet the theme takes off! Visit source…
Comfy and Cozy
Sometimes, you don’t have to stick to any one theme to create magic. Different colors, textures, and styles can be found throughout this room, and they all come together beautifully. Visit source…
So, did you find something that you fell in love with? Think you might mix and match elements from a few different rooms? I’d love to hear what you’re planning. Please let me know in the comments!
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