Hawaiian Nursery Decorating Ideas

by Jon and Molly
(Madison, WI)

Blue and White Hawaiian Baby Boy Nursery Decor with Sea Turtle Theme Crib Bedding

Blue and White Hawaiian Baby Boy Nursery Decor with Sea Turtle Theme Crib Bedding

Our Hawaiian nursery decorating ideas are based on our love of tropical settings and the ocean that we visit at every opportunity. The nursery's decor had to be gender neutral since we didn't find out the gender of our 1 week old baby boy, Owen.

Our home is in Madison, WI which is many, many miles from the sea. But we have a fondness for tropical settings and ocean animals, especially Sea Turtles.

Hawaiian Nursery Decorating Ideas

We thought that we would decorate in a style with colors that brought the sea to us rather than visit and enjoy the scenery just a few times a year.

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We made the decision to work with a turquoise blue and chocolate brown nursery color scheme taken from the sea turtle baby bedding brightened with a mix of white furniture.

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The floral pattern that we painted on the wall and lampshade was designed to complement rather than reflect the turtle theme of the crib quilt which may not be the traditional choice in Hawaiian baby bedding but it works for us!

We created the graphics using a graphics design program on our computer called Adobe Illustrator.

I set the workspace to the dimensions of the baby's room taking the windows into consideration. After about 40 hours of design time we were able to move on to the next step.

We printed out the full size floral designs. Printing some of the large flowers took 9 sheets of paper that we then taped together. After they were printed out and taped together we spent many hours cutting out our homemade Hawaiian hibiscus flower wall stencils.

After we finished the patterns, we taped the stencils on the wall and then stenciled using white paint. We used a liner brush to draw the fine lines in the design. We knew that we only wanted one wall painting using the design with a slight overlap of the floral design on the adjacent walls with a little splash of the design in the other corner and by the light switch.

After the wall painting technique was completed we took a similar, scaled down design and used it to paint a 360 degree design on the lampshade. This was very time consuming since we were painting on canvas and there was no room for error. A mistake would cause us to have to buy a new one and start over!

Hawaiian Nursery Art

Artwork featuring ocean creatures and stuffed animals were used to put the finishing touches on the nursery.


One of the most meaningful pieces in the room is the changing table/dresser that his 90 year old Great-Grandpa made especially for Owen!

We hope that Unique Baby Gear Ideas' visitors love our Hawaiian themed nursery as much as we do and that you will leave a comment telling us which of our painting and decorating projects that you like the best. Thanks for looking! Jon and Molly (and Owen!)

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by: Anonymous

Please comment with your email and I can send the digital files! Thanks! Jon

by: Mae Ellen

The combination of white and the sea blue are spectacular. I rate this nursery 5 stars out of 5. You know why? Because the floral and sea turtle designs and the decorations are so clear and simple. I'm sure that baby, Owen, will love the ocean just like Mom and Dad.

great job. can you send me the stencils.
by: teri o

Nice job. I'd do the flowers in other rooms. My bedroom

computer file for stencils?
by: Anonymous

My daughter loves this paint idea for her new room. In fact, she's obsessed! Would you mind sharing the computer file you used to print the stencils?

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