How to Create an Arctic-Inspired Nursery

Looking for an outside-the-box nursery idea? If you love the idea of surrounding your baby with cute penguins and chubby polar bears, an adventurous Arctic theme may be perfect for you.

There are so many ways you can use the Arctic for nursery inspiration – whether you decide to go rustic and cozy, or set up the room in a way that will encourage your little one to become a world explorer. An Arctic theme is also an excellent choice for parents who want their nursery to be fully gender-neutral.

Here are our top tips for creating a winter wonderland in your baby’s bedroom.

Take the Polar Plunge

The Arctic theme is highly adaptable, so you should have no problem infusing your personal style into the space. If you choose to go minimalist, use neutral colors and furniture with clean lines. Or, go the opposite direction – bring in warm tones and natural woods to evoke a welcoming ski cabin. (All that’s missing is the roaring fireplace!)

Expand Your Color Palette

If you’ve decided to create an Arctic-themed nursery, you don’t have to commit to an all-white color palette – though you certainly can, if you prefer. However, you also have plenty of options when it comes to color. Use icy blue, pink or purple tones to accent neutral whites and grays. You can even incorporate bolder shades like red or navy to liven up your frosty color scheme.

Contrast Is Key

Layer in authentic textures like shiny metals, real wood and stone, glass tile or a faux-fur rug to make your baby’s polar surroundings come to life. Bring in sparkly metallic wall decals to create a look like an Arctic sun glinting off fresh snowfall, or build an igloo from clear plastic bricks. There’s no wrong way to go, and the only limitation is what you can dream up.

Bring in Holiday Décor

The holiday season is an ideal time to get some inspired accessories for your baby’s room, but try not to go overboard. After all, you want the room to look polar without it seeming like it’s Santa’s workshop year-round.

When choosing décor around the holiday season, your goal should be to incorporate pieces that create a winter vibe, but don’t scream “Christmas.” Look for icicle garlands, strands of blue lights or even snowflake-shaped wall art to carry your Arctic theme through, while keeping the room tasteful.

Inspire Your Future Explorer

There’s no denying snowflakes and plush penguins make adorable nursery décor, but you can also add educational value by making science and adventure part of your theme.

Bring in accessories such as maps, globes and antique suitcases to turn the room into an Arctic expedition. Constellations or star charts would be a good fit in a polar-themed nursery, too. Project the night sky onto the ceiling, or use glow-in-the-dark star stickers to accomplish the same goal. You may have brought a future researcher or explorer into the world, and your Arctic nursery could be your baby’s first source of inspiration!