Travel Inspired Nursery Ideas

Are you and your loved ones excited by the dizzying heights of Kilimanjaro? Or is your home from home the sunny shores of Fraser Island? If you’re a traveller at heart or want to encourage the wanderlust in your new arrival, a travel inspired nursery is one theme you will definitely want to explore.

In celebration of the launch of our brand new solid oak nursery furniture, we’ve rounded up our favourite ways to add a touch of the globetrotter to your little one’s bedroom.

travel inspired nursery moodboard

Create a colour palette
The travel trend sticks to a fairly uniform colour palette of greens, blues and yellows. Think of a big saffron-coloured sun hanging lazily in an azure-blue sky, setting over a lush green forest, as your plane drifts off into the distance on another adventure! Create a sweet-dreams inducing cloud covered ceiling by following this brilliant tutorial, or how about adding some vintage maps to a feature wall with this beautiful wallpaper?

travel inspired nursery colour palette

Get crafty!
With such a versatile theme, the DIY possibilities are endless! In a previous instalment on the OFL blog, we showed you how to get crafty and use maps for decor in the home. Take those long forgotten atlases and cover a spherical light to create a globe inspired nightlight, or how about framing an antique map and printing your baby’s name on top?

atlas paper bunting garland for travel themed nursery

Use travel trunks as storage
Get your eBay fingers at the ready – the ultimate place for storing those baby-gro’s is in a beautiful vintage travel trunk or old suitcase, which ties in with this theme perfectly. Trawl Etsy and Gumtree for the perfect find, or try your local flea market or car boot sale, you’re bound to bag a bargain.

If you’re not keen on the vintage idea, then why not take inspiration and add old handles to a chest of drawers to mimic a big stack of travel trunks. Find the tutorial here.

travel trunk suitcase dresser chest of drawers DIY tutorial

Of course, as with any other room in the house, it’s all about the finishing touches – but it doesn’t hurt to start with a suitable canvas. The gorgeous rich hues of our solid oak Original Rustic nursery furniture is the perfect starting point to start adding your accessories to your future globetrotter’s first bedroom. The warm toned wood will compliment green and blue hues perfectly, and with a few well-placed accessories this theme can come to life.

rifle paper co art prints travel inspired

Some of our favourites include this beautiful map bunting from Etsy, which could also be an easy DIY, or how about framing a few of these stunning greeting cards from Rifle Paper Co and set your little explorer’s imagination aflame with the possibilities!
Balloons are also a key feature in this theme, and for only a few pounds and a couple of stitches you can transform this sewing kit into an adorable balloon mobile to help your little bambino drift off into sweet dreams of the horizon and beyond.

chic travel inspired nursery

Kept mementos from your travels? Why not incorporate the places you’ve visited and keepsakes from your adventures to add your own personal touches and travel inspired flourishes.
The key to this theme is adding your own personal stamp – think rustic, handmade finishes and quirky pieces to truly capture the inspiration of travelling the globe.

When your little one finally arrives, the world is their oyster. Pass on your love of travel to your soon-to-be budding explorers.

What would be in your travel-inspired nursery? Let us know by tweeting us – @OFLoakfurniture.