In a word, gorgeous. Blogger Katie's Pencil Box decided to skip wallpaper and hand-paint her daughter's nursery in this sweet peony pattern. Check out her blog for more inspiring photos.
Vintage plates and frames
A sweet, whimsical nursery with vintage pieces (spotted on Project Nursery).
So clever! 'Scrabble'-inspired nursery wall art spotted on the blog Coochicoos.
A sweet baby boy's nursery
We love the combination of blue-and-yellow walls with bright red pom-poms! Check out more photos from this nursery at Fresh Quince Interiors.
The simplest way to make a statement with your nursery walls? A solid, unexpected color, like Emily M.'s nursery.
A pop of print
We love this bright, fun print for a baby girl's room. Check out more photos from this nursery on Apartment Therapy.
Cool idea! Map your child's "roots" on this personalized map ($50 on Etsy).
This UFO-themed nursery (spotted on AnnieWise.Blogspot.com) pulls out all the stops: An urban mural, adorable alien pillows and lime green accents.
Whimsical butterfly walls
"We had a shoestring budget and really wanted something unique that she could grow into," says mom Dawn S. "I tried to avoid cliche baby colors and get creative with thrift-store finds and DIY projects." Check out more photos of this gorgeous space here.
Incorporate a quote
Not only is this wall fun to look at (love the contrast of neutral stripes with bright yellow!), but the quote has personal meaning. Blogger Team Turn Bow says: "This quote made sense for [my baby boy's] room... [he] hadn't stopped bringing smiles to my face since the day I found out I was pregnant!"
Feeling creative? DIY a decoupage tree! Easy instructions on Project Nursery.
"When we found out that we were expecting a baby girl, I looked at fabric samples until we decided on a peachy/pink and buttery yellow," says kellwood328. "We love how it turned out!" See more photos from her nursery here.
Not a fan of complicated wall art? You can still add original touches to baby's room in picture frames. We love this framed lullabies idea, spotted on Project Nursery.
A colorful alphabet
"We kept the gender a surprise," says Homage G. "I wanted to design a fun, eclectic, somewhat-vintage, colorful space." Check out more photos of this nursery here.
This amazing, super-detailed mural was painted freehand! "I liked the idea of letting her dreams float around with dragonflies and fireflies while she slept," says mom Erika B. "I also wanted to make it feel like she was in her own secret meadow."
Add a rustic element
How unexpected is this nursery (as seen on Decor Pad)?
Simple stripes get an upgrade when paired with fun prints. Get more ideas for using stripes in baby's nursery on Chic Cheap Nursery.
Not only is this nursery gorgeous, but it was also budget-friendly! Mom Anne Marie says: "I created our nursery for under $1,000 using paint and scrap wood leftover from other rooms in the house, refinishing furniture from other rooms and making our bedding and accessories myself."
Amazing animal-inspired nursery from Pinterest.
Mom & Dad silhouettes
Such an unexpected—but cute—nursery detail: Mom and Dad silhouette pictures (spotted on the blog Lilly's Notebook).
"I wanted to create a serene, bright and lovely nursery," says mom Belinda N.