Bright Gender Neutral, Colorful Lady Bug Nursery Decor

by Gretchen
(Bloomington, MN, USA)

LADY BUG NURSERY DECOR - Bright Gender Neutral, Colorful Lady Bug Nursery Decor w Striped Wall Painting Technique

LADY BUG NURSERY DECOR - Bright Gender Neutral, Colorful Lady Bug Nursery Decor w Striped Wall Painting Technique

We made the lion's share of our baby girl's ladybug nursery décor but the items that we bought for our daughter's room are also bright colored and airy. As you will see in the pictures of the nursery that we have posted, the colors that we used are very bright and different from the usual washed out pastels most parents choose for their kids' rooms. I made the decision to go with a gender neutral, albeit a very bold, color scheme that I can transition and use beyond the "newborn" stage.


Our baby is due to arrive Christmas day, and we have chosen to keep his/her gender a secret and to be surprised.



Lady Bug Nursery Décor Ideas



We designed a fun, bug theme that will be fine for either gender.

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If I have a baby girl I can always add more butterflies or ladybugs for a girl and if we have a baby boy, I can add additional species of bugs, puppy dogs and other masculine decorations.

Ladybugs Wall Decorating Ideas with a Striped Painting Technique


I painted the lower third of each wall with a bug pattern that consists of bright yellow and black stripes like a honey bee, ladybug spots and one wall with ant farm tunnels. There is also a section with blue and purple stripes that contrasts nicely with the green grass.

Ladybugs Wall Decorations



At approximately two thirds of the height of the wall, the pattern transitions into the light blue "sky" color portion of the walls, where I sponge painted white clouds.



Ladybug Baby Bedding and Decorating Ideas





There are two giant leaves from IKEA, and two wall lights that are shaped like bugs also from IKEA (you can see one on the 3rd pic that's turned off). I painted a dotted line behind the bug lights mounted on the walls. In addition to the rest of our lady bug nursery decor, we got the sun light fixture from IKEA.

There are many items I made or got used and painted myself to match the room. The lamp on the dresser: I covered the shade with bug fabric and put a little plastic bug terrarium inside the clear glass base.

Pictures of Nursery Furniture Painted with Ladybugs



The dresser (center photo) was in awful shape in my dad's garage...I painted it, replaced the drawer bottoms & dresser back, and got some cool bug knobs online for the drawers.

The 3 bug hooks (far left photo) I got at JoAnn Fabrics 50% off ($2.50 each) and painted in bright colors (they were brown). The waste basket I got for an inexpensive price at a garage sale and painted a bee on it. The little wicker drawer unit to the left of the nursery rocking chair I got for $6.99 at Saver's and painted it with bugs to match the ladybug nursery rug. I sewed the nursery curtains with bug fabric to match the lamp.

The ladybug clock on the wall (left pic) I got on ebay...the bug's eyes go back & forth. The bug quilt hanging on the wall above the chair was a hand made shower gift homemade with our lady bug nursery decor in mind, I'm sure. I also got some white baskets at IKEA to slide under the crib & hold toys & books.

I splurged on the bug nursery rug which I bought online, and a good rocker at Babies-r-Us. Most everything else came from garage sales ($30 crib, $40 changing table, and tons of bug toys & baby gear)

When I look at the before and after photos of the baby's dresser, the wicker drawers and lamp that I am posting here on Unique Baby Gear Ideas, I am amazed at how well everything turned out! Our ladybug nursery decor is a great example of how using the color wheel can help to choose the best nursery colors.

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Educational
by: Liza

I am an entomologist and would like to point out that this theme is not only cute but it can be very educational.

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Red and Black Ladybugs
by: Anonymous

I can understand how red and black is a neutral color scheme but how can a "lady" bug be for either a baby boy OR girl?

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Baby Dresser Makeover
by: Debra

I am a total newbie to DIY but am anxious to learn! Could you please share step-by-step instructions for how to give an old dresser a makeover such as the one that you did for your baby's room? I'm sure that I am not the only person that doesn't know the first thing about necessary supplies, how to prepare the old surface or what kind of paint to use.

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Painting the dresser
by: AnnaLee

I love how you painted the dresser in all of the different colors! The entire room is colorful and cute but I love the dresser makeover best of all.

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Love Ladybugs
by: Baby Nursery Ideas

Awesome room. Love anything with ladybugs.

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The Best
by: Anonymous

I think this is my personal favorite. So much fun. So many people either go all out cheesy with pastels which is not really practical or else try to make it look way too chic. This is a great room for any kid of any age. Congrats on the baby!

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Wow!
by: Anonymous

Your nursery is great! I love that it is gender-neutral and is something your child can enjoy as they grow older, too. There are so many creative details incorportated, too - like the bug terrarium. Wow - and lot of work and love went into making this nursery special. You're going to be a great mom!

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Wow!
by: Anonymous

Your nursery is great! I love that it is gender-neutral and is something your child can enjoy as they grow older, too. There are so many creative details incorportated, too - like the bug terrarium. Wow - and lot of work and love went into making this nursery special. You're going to be a great mom!

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So cute!
by: Beth

I love your nursery! I hope someday I can pick your creative mind for cute room ideas.

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How ADORABLE!
by: Anonymous

What an ADORABLE, ORIGINAL idea. You must be such a creative person. What a perfect room for a baby to grow up in and still enjoy even as they get older. LOVE it!!!

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Way Cool!
by: Anonymous

I love your nursery decorating ideas!! They're adorable!
It almost makes me want to re-do my daughter's room.

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"High Design" at a low cost...creativity pays off!
by: Heidi

As a designer myself and someone who has seen this nursery in person, I have to say I'm impressed.

Beyond the cute theme and nice color palette, you would never know that so many items were purchased at garage sales, many creatively refurbished to be perfectly coordinated with the bug theme. Nice job!

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