According to AmericanPregnancy.org nesting is defined as, "...the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. " This my friends, definitely includes the baby's room. Designing a baby's room is one of the many things that makes the idea of a little person coming into one's life that much more tangible. It is an opportunity to create the baby's first sanctuary outside of the womb.
I have at least one friend expecting a baby boy at the moment, but I have other friends that are letting the sex of the baby be a surprise. I still find it interesting that blue is the often the default color for a boy. For many of my female friends, their favorite color is blue. Blue is the color of the sky, the ocean and roofs in Santorini - I do not associate any of these things with males in particular.
Here I put together a scheme with shades of blue throughout - from pale blue to navy blue and I think any baby girl could rock this room as well as any baby boy. I mixed in various textures and also played with the scale which can be seen in the penny tile (imagine this with a mid-tone gray grout).
Gold-toned metallics and grays were also mixed in the scheme as neutrals to tie in with the dreamy wallpaper. We used a lighter wood tone here, but really any wood whether it's light or dark would work with blue. If you choose to go with blue walls (even a pale blue) white furniture would really pop against that surface due to the contrast. Also, could you imagine how great a white piece of furniture would look sitting on top of that plaid patterned carpet tile?! If you want to tone things down a bit go with mid-toned baby furniture. If you are still completely overwhelmed with the design process check out our interior design services.
Make sure that you put the baby's room together sooner rather than later because of off-gassing. You know that new car smell or that smell when you walk into a new office? That is the smell of materials off-gassing. This means that the items in the space are releasing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) - it is a consequence of any glues, paints, varnishes, plastics (the list goes on) emitting chemical particles as they settle. I find that this scent is most noticeable with new carpet. But don't panic! That being stated, I would recommend putting the room together a few weeks before your due date (or adoption date) to give items time to air out before the baby arrives.