Garden Party Framed Art by Neesha Hudson
In the past few years of household decor, we’ve seen an unending parade of floral prints. In fact, flowers are everywhere in popular art right now. Trendiness aside, I love using floral prints in my own interior design work. They bring unique color palettes and lively texture to any room—and they’re absolutely ideal for nursery decor.
My top recommendation for creating a floral-themed nursery is to select one artist in particular whose work you admire and stay within their floral patterns. Mixing and matching floral prints between artists and collections can quickly become distracting, and it’s much easier to create a calming and cohesive nursery design when you stick to one artist’s style. Below I’ve highlighted three exceptional artists whose floral designs were created specifically for children and are perfect for use in the nursery. Read on for tips on how to style each of these unique floral nurseries and how to select coordinating children’s decor pieces for an eclectic and polished look.
My favorite thing about floral artwork designed specifically for kids is that it’s not just about flowers. Artists often add in other sweet characters who truly bring the designs to life. In Neesha Hudson’s Garden Party design, for example, we don’t just have a flower garden—we have adorable children gardeners, foxes, and even a llama. It just doesn’t get cuter than that! I also love the stylized purple and red flowers in her artwork. Their simplified shapes give a grounding and calming feel, and I’d plan on playing up that part of the design in other areas of the room.
A nursery created around this Garden Party collection could start with a large framed art print on very pale green or yellow walls. In another area of the room, I’d like to expand on the circle, button-like motif of her flowers. I’d hang a red flower wall clock along with some circular embroidery hoops in different sizes—perhaps stretched with samples of quilting cotton in red and purple floral patterns or a sampler of button embroidery. The Garden Party collection also includes a really neat llama lamp (which would be perfect atop of a whimsical lime-painted side table) and a soft Sherpa blanket decked with bold flowers (which just begs to be draped over the rocker).
I am artistically obsessed with Marie Rose Boisson’s Spring Afternoon collection. Its story, pattern, and illustration all in one, and the cotton candy pink color scheme would look darling in a little one’s nursery space! I am particularly inspired by the lightest creamy pink shade she uses for clouds and lighter backgrounds, and would promptly paint the nursery walls to match. I would order the three framed art prints above and hang them side by side on the walls exactly as pictured. Crisp white painted furniture and soft lighting make this room immediately feel complete.
However, if you’re looking to add in a little more pattern, take inspiration from the way Boisson mixes patterns herself. The repeating blue ripples look almost stamped-on amidst these designs, and I would definitely coordinate the rest of the nursery decor with a similar feel. Think thin stripes, mixed-size polka dots, open circles—and use these types of repeating patterns for your crib linens, curtains, and upholstery. I even love the idea of recreating these light blue ripples on your nursery walls as a custom-stamped effect.
Finally, we come to Judith Loske—an artist whose whimsical creations are a little other-worldly and a lot endearing. Her Secrets of the Garden collection provides ample inspiration for any nursery. Once again, I’d start by painting my nursery walls the exact shade of peachy cream she used in her imaginary sky. I would furnish the room with mismatched wood finishes in darker shades, which creates lovely contrast against the airy walls. I’d accent the top of the chest of drawers with Loske’s gorgeous flower-and-butterfly patterned lamp and toss a cute throw pillow in her corresponding Garden Dreams design on a rocking chair in the corner.
For the main wall decor, I’d go for a curated yet eclectic approach. I would hang a large framed print of Secrets of the Garden on the most statement wall of the nursery and coordinate a collage of smaller pieces around it. Perhaps one item would be a bit of white lace framed against a dark green velvet background. Or consider hanging up an old-fashioned sunflower botanical print. Another small frame could hold a piece of perfectly-patterned scrapbook paper in the same turquoise as Loske’s toadstool. The lesson here: accent your walls with little hints pulled from your main artwork, and you’ll instantly have a cohesive look.
Llama in the Garden Sherpa Blanket by Neesha Hudson
Whether you’re putting together wall decor in a purely yellow nursery, a blue little girl’s room, or in a floral-inspired nursery, the best advice I have to offer is to mix things up. Choose a big, detailed, and colorful focal piece (like Neesha Hudson’s Garden Party, above) and pair it with other wall decor elements that correspond beautifully. Add in textured elements and unexpected pieces. Mix patterns and designs by sticking within one artist’s style, and let those finishing touches truly pull the room together.
The children’s decor collections offered by Mouse + Magpie truly simplify this process. Each artist has created several imaginative designs that you can easily mix and match to create even more variety and visual interest in your nursery space. In fact, choosing one decor item in each of the unique designs is an easy way to decorate an entire floral nursery without having to put in much effort at all. Whether you use one of these gorgeous floral art prints as a jumping off point or you choose to purchase an entire collection, I hope your floral nursery wall decor is as rich and inviting as the very best flower garden.
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