Vintage Circus Nursery Theme

by Jennifer
(Pasadena, Ca.)

Our Baby Boy's Vintage Circus Nursery Theme

Our Baby Boy's Vintage Circus Nursery Theme

Our Baby Boy's Vintage Circus Nursery Theme
Vintage Circus Nursery with Big Top Ceiling Paint Technique
VIntage Circus Nursery Bath

I got decorating ideas for my baby boy's vintage circus nursery theme from some vintage circus posters that I found. Until I spotted them I was having a very difficult time choosing the decor for my baby's nursery. I knew that the look that I wanted was not something that everyone else had done. I wanted to design a room that was not too babyish that was in keeping with the rest of our home that was built over 100 years ago in the early 1900s.


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When we were blessed with a son, the many baby nursery ideas That I had been brainstorming for a baby girl's room were shelved. I began to shop Ebay auctions in earnest searching for some vintage nursery inspiration.

When the vintage Barnum and Bailey and Ringling Brothers circus posters caught my eye, I thought, "Perfect! A Vintage Circus nursery theme it is!".
The first nursery decorations that I bought were some antique reproduction circus prints that I had framed in antique white picture frames.


Then I painted the ceiling and walls of the vintage nursery to like a circus tent and then shopped for old-fashioned kids circus toys made of tin and other trinkets that would add to the baby's circus to display on the book shelf.

The nursery's color scheme is dusty blue, white, and chocolate brown with red accents. All of the colors in my palette have an aged look about them to keep the room's vintage look and feel.

All of our baby boy's vintage vintage circus nursery theme decorations refer to the Big Top including red striped pillows that are reminiscent of boxes of circus popcorn and circus tents while the wooden baby mobile that I bought on Ebay is more straight to the point.

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Paint Color
by: Anonymous

What color of paint did you use?

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Your attention to detail is obvious
by: Tricia

I have always loved the circus theme for a nursery but somehow never got around to creating it for any of my 4 children. Now that I am a grandmother, I am determined to spend the time to create a fun and adventurous room for the next generation to enjoy! I came across your picture while searching for ideas and love your ceiling. It certainly sets the tone for the whole theme. I can only imagine the hours it took to design and paint that- as your attention to detail is obvious to me. Your decorative foresight and creative talent is to be admired.
I hope your baby enjoys many happy and healthy years playing in such a beautiful bedroom!

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You have my vote!
by: Jesenia Manzo-Marquez (JVMM)

I really like he subtle "circus theme", especially the ceiling paint!

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Great theme!!
by: AlexisGrau

I had a hard time choosing but I think this is my favorite! It's so whimsical and unique, I love the look of the circus tent stripes! Such a fun room!

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Paint or Decals
by: Jennifer Grasso

Thank you!
It is all paint, no decals.

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Paint or Decals
by: Anonymous

This room is cheerful yet tranquil and filled with whimsey without looking too busy. I love it! I wonder if you could tell us if you used decals (like the ones made with a Silhouette cutter?) for any of the designs or if everything is painted.

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Courageous!
by: Anonymous

It takes a lot of courage to paint a circus tent on the walls, and I think it looks terrific! I imagine that seeing it in person is very dramatic. I like that you used white as the accent color for the stripes.

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wow factor
by: rachael

At first glance i definitely said "wow"! This is beautiful as well as stimulating with the contrast it shows! I love it! Your little ones first sights will get lots of exercise!

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Wow! Serious Inspiration!
by: Bethani

Wow! thank you for sharing this! I've been searching for ideas for ceiling art that doesn't clash with wall art- and what inspiration I've just seen! This nursery is very special.

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I want that!!
by: Charlene

I want that for my little guy. Gotta get the husband a paint brush or a phone number of a good painter. Thanks for the idea. I like the vintage toys, so retro.

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Awesome paint job
by: Sam

What a great paint job, it must have taken forever to get that pattern straight. Love the tent illusion adds so much depth. Great idea may try something similar myself.

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The best I've seen
by: Anonymous

super sleek yet thoroughly inviting. lucky baby, beautiful work!!

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Beautiful!
by: Janell W.

So original and well-done. You definitely wouldn't find that your neighbors had the same decor in their nursery...but they would be wishing they did!

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Best Nursery I have ever seen!
by: Billie

Sooo cute and original! Very high end looking!

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Amazing
by: Anonymous

Sooo cool!

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Amazing
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Sooo cool!

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Painting technique
by: Jen G

We did it ourselves BUT we are professionals. We used frog tape. It is much cleaner than other decorators tape. Thanks for your compliments! :)

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Nursery Ceiling Painting Technique
by: Anonymous

The nursery ceiling painting technique is amazing! Did you paint it yourself or have it professionally done? Can you share any tips on how you did it?

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Very creative!
by: Anonymous

The ceiling paint job is amazing!

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