One of the first things people ask me when they find out we aren’t going to find out the gender of our baby is “how are you going to decorate the nursery?” My first reaction is to tell people I’m buying everything in black. I say this partly because it’s true as it’s one of my favorite colors and goes with everything, and partly because it entertains me to see how people respond.
However, I do have thoughts about decorating a nursery:
First off, my kid is going to sleep in our room for at least the first space of life, if not a full year, as we don’t yet know where we’re going to live next year. If Blueberry spends the first year of his or her life in our bedroom, there will be no nursery to be decorated at all.
Second, I’m a terrible decorator. Partly because creativity is not within my giftings, partly because I often just don’t care, and partly because I attempt to be a minimalist, and lots of decor stuff gets filed under “unnecessary crap that I have to clean” in my mind.
Third, I hate all pastel colors and by and large nursery things are in pastels. There are lots of things in your basic primary colors too, but I’m also not really a fan of the primaries all together. I like deep, vibrant, jewel tones and strong contrasts. There’s not a lot of commercial baby stuff like that out there.
Finally, I have a real problem with strongly gendered nurseries mostly because I dislike the ideas of trains and planes for boys and princesses and dancers for girls. If that’s how you decorated your nursery, please don’t be offended. I’m not judging others. Just stating what’s for and not for me*.
All of that being said, the one thing I have decided on for whatever nursery space we have is that I would like to have some literary quotes from some of my favorite books on the wall. My need for little clutter and simplicity simply wants to put them on paper and laminate them, but I have a strong suspicion that will just look tacky. I think my plan will be to collect frames from Good Will, paint them all with colors that please me, and then do one of those cutesy frame walls you see all over Pinterest these days.
Here’s where I’m stuck though. Do I attempt to stretch my own creativity and make them myself with paper, pens, markers, and paint? Do I use very simple word processing fonts and formats and print them on my own paper? Do I pay for a graphic designer to design the quotes for me? Do I know a graphic designer who would just like to bless me by making them cute for me as a gift? Other options I don’t know about?
*The gender discussion is for another time and place as the conflation of my religious and educational backgrounds make me a little all over the place regarding gender identity formation.