Nursery Trend: Owls

owl nursery decor

Owls have swooped as a major design trend, spotted in fashion, textiles and décor. They’re even proving a popular choice for kids rooms and nurseries (just check out Kim’s preview of her baby boy’s nursery for a peek at how she’s incorporating them) since they’re relatively gender-neutral and cute without being too “baby”.

If you’re weary of using a trend as the main decorating theme for your child’s room – should they or you grow bored of it too soon – you can still add special touches with accessories. But there’s really no need to worry about owls being a passing fad: they’ve symbolized wisdom, mystery and protection for thousands of years.

To add a focal point to an otherwise neutral room, removable vinyl wall decals provide all the whimsicality of a hand-painted mural without the commitment.

Owl Accessories

It’s the little details that give a room heart and there is no shortage of adorable – and affordable –  owl accessories available. Wooden and leather details like those shown below add texture to the room and are sure to become treasured keepsakes.

Inexpensive artwork adds charm to a baby’s room and can be swapped out as the child grows or as your taste changes. Etsy is a goldmine of up-and-coming artists offering clever, affordable prints like the “Owl Love You Forever” shown below in the colour of year, honeysuckle.

owl nursery decor

Soft toys and furnishings are the only way to go in a nursery and allow you to add a pop of colour. Cushions, mobiles, stuffed bookends or a fleece blanket customized with baby’s name help to personalize the room. They also make wonderful gifts since the parents-to-be will likely be concentrating their budget on furniture and other major purchases for baby.

owl cushion mobile

owl blanket bookends

+ Tree with Two Owls Wall Decal from SimpleShapes, $74
+ Owl on Tree Wall Decal from NouWall, $68
+ Owl Wall Hook from Cocoon Couture, $89
+ Pink Wooden Owl Bookends from Penny Scallan Design, $49.95
+ French Counting Cards (avail. in several other languages) from Children Inspired Design, $22 (set of 10)
+ Owl Love You Forever Art Print from Oh Louise Designs, $12
+ Bamboo Owl Clock from Decoylab, $78
+ Peppermint Owl Mobile ($85) and Frosty Pink Owl Cushion ($65) from Jolie Petite Chose
+ Personalized Baby Blanket from Admiral Road, $59
+ Owl Stuffed Animal ($36) and Aqua Owl Picture Frame ($40) from Dwell Studio
+ Owl Bookends from Pottery Barn Kids, $29

  • Virginia
    January 18, 2011 at 01:42

    This looks absolutely gorgeous – I had noticed owls coming to the fore as well. My niece is expecting and I’m helping her out with the redecoration – this would be just perfect for the job (and gender-neutral) !

  • Sofiliumm
    January 18, 2011 at 15:16

    It’s fun how the owls are both cute with their large curious eyes as well as a bit moody animals that only show at night – almost in the category of Finnish Moomins.

  • Caroline
    January 18, 2011 at 19:39

    Our family has always loved owls (mom is a college professor!). These are adorable. I especially like the prints. I am definitely going to have to order one for my little niece’s room!

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  • Bonnie
    June 6, 2012 at 11:32

    I am trying to find out the brand name or fabric name of the crib bedding (green and brown). Does anyone know?

  • Kim
    June 6, 2012 at 12:59

    Bonnie, it is the George collection by Olli & Lime.