Moving your baby into a “big girl” room always seems to happen before you’re ready. You barely get to enjoy the most adorable nursery on the planet, and within a few short years, your little girl is ready to move out and have her own space minus the crib and changing table. I recently designed a “big girl” room for my younger daughter (who just turned three), and even though she wanted a unicorn-themed bedroom, I couldn’t help myself from daydreaming of something timeless and girly.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll have another girl someday and get to use some of these comforting, traditional decor ideas for her first “big girl” room.
For now, in lieu of designing all new decor in my own home, I’ve compiled three ideas below that would be perfect for any toddler girl room. You’ll easily be able to put together a soft and beautiful space using these tips, whether you’re obsessed with classic colors or you’re interested in a timeless theme. It’s time to choose furniture, bedding, and decor that your little girl will really love—and if you put together a timeless look, she’ll be content in her room for a few years to come.
Garden Party Canvas Print by Neesha Hudson
Our first timeless idea is one that my decorator’s mind returns to again and again—florals. Watercolor washes and loose depictions of peonies. Highly detailed, rose-carved wood furniture. Imaginative abstract flowers. Any one of these could be the foundation for an absolutely beautiful little girls’ room—and I want to have them all! The best thing about floral decor, in my opinion, is that it’s essentially ageless. No matter how old your little one is, the floral look will be appropriate and adorable.
Start your gorgeous floral-inspired little girl’s room with a subtle wash of palest green on the walls to establish a garden feel. Choose a colorful bedding set in soft hues. Then, accent the room with sweet children’s artwork inspired by the floral garden of your dreams. I love the sensitive softness of Neesha Hudson’s Garden Party collection—I’d hang a large print in the focal point of the room, adorn the bed with red and purple flower throw pillows, and drape a floral Sherpa blanket at the foot of the bed.
If you’re looking for even more versatile children’s decor, try framing the entire room around your color choices. Pastels are a timeless choice for a little girl’s room, and traditional rosy pink is only one possible direction you could take here. Start your design with muted cypress wood furniture and a warm cream color on the walls. Seek out a solid colored bedspread in a soft pastel shade of your choice—a perfect idea for growing girls with changing tastes. Later on, you can completely change the tone of the room by switching out the pillows you pile on top.
Next, it’s time to add some real personality to this room. Hang some lacy white valances over the windows, secure an antique chandelier, and start looking for imaginative and detailed artwork that will help tie everything together. Betânia Sensini has a fanciful collection of pastel elephant and bird artwork that would work perfectly in a space like this. I might hang a trio of her prints, framed in white, to help anchor the longest wall in the room.
Finally, one of the best ways to decorate a little girl’s room is to blanket the space with soft white and add pops of colorful whimsy throughout. Start with your favorite neutral-toned white paint on the walls and consider investing in carved, white furniture—go for a scrolled, antique look if you want a bit more texture. The set you purchase today will easily transition with your daughter as she grows out of toddlerhood, and the white color will complement whatever phase she enters next. This was my strategy with my older daughter’s room, and it’s been a solid choice so far!
Next, find decorative items in a wide range of shades to breathe life back into the room. Emma Talbot’s Stories in the Garden collection beautifully shows how fun a splash of color over a white background can be. Her artwork would be a fantastic choice to hang on the walls of your toddler’s room. Toss some colorful throw pillows over a tufted bedspread, arrange a woodland-themed lamp on the desk or dresser, and top everything off with a brightly-colored shag rug at the foot of the bed. Whoever thought white meant boring clearly hasn’t seen this gorgeously colorful girl’s room!
A toddler’s first “big girl” room is a really big change, and I’m so excited for you to take that next step with your family. It’s an exciting time and an opportunity to purchase furniture and decor that your daughter will love for many years to come. If you’re inspired by classic florals, beautiful pastels, and rich whites, know that these timeless themes have adorned little girls’ rooms for years. You’re taking part in a beautiful tradition of girls decor, and your little one is definitely going to be in love with her sweet new space.
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