I love Peter Rabbit. When I found out I was pregnant, I was very excited to start decorating our baby's nursery. I decided to decorate our baby's room with a Beatrix Potter theme. What's great about Beatrix Potter is that it is very gender neutral. You can decorate a beautiful Beatrix Potter nursery for a baby boy or baby girl. As it turned out, I was decorating for TWO baby boys!
My husband likes to have a say in our decorating decisions, so often we have to compromise. I can't say that Peter Rabbit was his top baby room theme, but we decided that I could decorate the nursery with Peter Rabbit for the first year, and then he could decorate our boys' room with a more boy appropriate theme. A good compromise!
We decided to paint the nursery walls a light shade of yellow. The paint color we chose was "Pooh Bear Yellow", which is made by Behr paint. We bought it at Home Depot. We painted all of the walls this pale yellow. We then decided to divide the walls in half by painting a white stripe, approximately 12 inches wide, all of the way around the room in the center of the wall (see photo). On the top half of the wall, above the white stripe, we sponge painted white paint over the yellow, and below the stripe we left the walls yellow. The white sponge painting created a cloud-like effect.
We decided that white furniture would look best with the paint colors we had chosen. We bought two white cribs and a white changing table. Instead of buying a new dresser, we re-painted an old one. My husband painted the dresser white and the drawers alternating white and yellow. On Ebay we found some beautiful custom drawer pulls with Peter Rabbit on them. They gave the dresser just the right Beatrix Potter touch.
I'm not sure if you can find these anywhere anymore, but there is a product called "wallies" that are wallpaper cutouts you can use to decorate your walls and furniture. These aren't the peel and stick kind, they work like wallpaper. You wet them and "stick" them where you want them. We found some really cute Peter Rabbit ones on Ebay that we used to decorate our walls and dressers.
You can find some beautiful Beatrix Potter artwork. I found some really inexpensive posters on Ebay and then picked out some pretty white frames at a local craft store. These turned out really nice and gave the room that designer touch.
It was a little hard to find Beatrix Potter crib bedding, but I managed to find one set at a consignment store, and found another set on Ebay.
I found a beautiful wall clock on Ebay that featured a scene from one of the Beatrix Potter books, and I also found a beautiful crib mobile that featured Peter Rabbit and his friends.
If you choose this theme for your baby's room, you might have to do a little hunting around to find just the right Beatrix Potter items. The good news is, that because they are a little hard to find, once you are done with them you can sell them on Ebay when you are done with them! After our babies outgrew their nursery I sold the wall clock, bedding, and mobile for almost what I paid for them!
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of
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