Designing a baby nursery when you don’t know the gender of your baby-to-be is really stressful. Many parents are choosing to go with a more Neutral Nursery Feature Wall these days, especially since the baby room is often used again for future children. To avoid re-decorating every single time you can start with a Neutral palette and add girly or boyish themes and elements throughout.
There are many different modern wood accent walls popping up on IG and Pinterest! We chose to go with something classic and easy for beginners!
Nursery Tour Part 1: The Feature Wall
To check out the rest of the nursery and DIY projects completed explore the posts below
When we were around 20 weeks pregnant with our third child we found out we were moving! I was ecstatic because that meant I got to design a new nursery! Sadly I was never happy with how the nursery in my first home turned out!
After much thought and consideration into the project resulted in a Neutral themed nursery feature wall in the nursery with plans to add natural inspired decor throughout!
This post is simply to share some inspiration for anyone that is trying to plan out a neutral baby nursery and is feeling stuck! It is always helpful looking up feature walls on Pinterest so you can bring ideas together into something inspires your own unique nursery accent wall idea!
My hope is that you will be able to have the nursery of your dreams and incorporate a gorgeous feature wall into the mix for character and personality!
Neutral Nursery Feature Wall
Now I am NOT going to be giving a tutorial on HOW TO MAKE a Board and Batten wall. Because I absolutely am not an expert on it! I will however share
- Where we got our tutorial from
- The paint colors and spacing we picked
- Tips we learned when finishing the trim
Then also details on the wall decals we placed on the empty wall space above the board and batten
- Where to find the decals we used
- How to apply wall decals and helpful tips
Classic White Board and Batten
Board and Batten Feature Wall Tutorial Source
We used this super helpful tutorial in completing our wall from Angela Marie Made
When doing a feature wall in a nursery, typically most people choose the wall that you want your crib to be up against. Another thing to consider is what wall is the longest, and the one you want to draw visual attention to.
Being strategic about this can be the difference between a room that looks bright and cozy and one that looks small and awkward!
Helpful Board and Batten Feature Wall Tips
The vibe we were going for was bright, airy colors to make the room look bigger. We decided AGAINST having a different color on the board and batten than on the top half off the wall. We wanted a clean white backdrop for our gorgeous wall decals from Urban Walls
Board and Batten Wall Paint Color - Delicate White by PPG Paints in Eggshell Finish
Amount of paint used: I can’t remember 100% for sure, but I think we used around 1.5 cans to complete this wall, and to paint the baby’s closet
Trim finishing/baseboard work is ALWAYS my job in our relationship. I am a perfectionist and am patient – and he would rather do the brunt work than nitty gritty finishing work. Which is FINE by me.
So my tips for trim work
- CAULK – ALWAYS use caulking to finish between the trim and the walls. This make it looks so clean and tidy. I also always paint over my caulking in the same color as the trim. Otherwise in my experience over time it begins to turn yellow – even if you use a white caulking. So just paint it to begin with
- JOINS: ALWAYS use a wood filler or another suitable product between the joins of your trim work – I knew better but didn’t care at the time. I was super pregnant and in a hurry to get the nursery finished so I filled my joins with caulking instead, and not enough of it. Silly mistake and I’m already paying for it less than 6 months later. Just finish it right the first time 🙂 AKA the caulking in the seams is cracking a bit.
- NAIL HOLES: Please, just don’t even think about doing this project if you aren’t going to fill the nail holes! haha. Just use some sparkle and sand off like in the tutorial above 🙂
- This is the spackle we always use for filling nail holes and patching SMALL holes in drywall. You just squeeze some on. Smooth, let dry and then sand off and paint!
Spacing used for our board and batten wall
I left this part up to my hubby. He figured out roughly how big of a spacing would look nice – then divided it by the total length of the wall to determine how many uprights he would need.
We ended up using 7 uprights, spaced to avoid the electrical outlets – another thing to keep in mind. But reference the tutorial I linked above for some actual solid advice on this part of the equation 😛
Another thing we considered was how high we wanted the wall to be in relation to the crib. Thankfully we already had our crib so we just measured that then added a bit more height till we felt it was going to look nice. We were aiming for the horizontal rail to be above 2/3 of the way up the wall.
This is the only wall we have ever done in board and batten and using trim work so we’re not the pro’s!
Board and Batten Feature Wall Measurements
- Uprights spacing: 21″ inches apart from side to side / 25″ from centre to center x 7 of them
- Height of each upright: 67″ high from floor to top of the horizontal board.
Length of entire wall – 152″ x 106″ tall
Wall space above board and batten – measured 152″ long by 39.5″ high
Natural Inspired Foliage Wall Decals
The perfect completing factor for this neutral baby room feature wall was a touch of color and character. Accomplished by putting up a pack of wall decals from Urban Walls!
So now we will talk all about the WALL DECALS portion of this wall.
We went with the Watercolor Leaves collection – a beautiful set of green leaves in varying styles and sizes. This added a splash of color to the otherwise plain bright white backdrop.
I’ve always been a fan of wall decals- I mean what’s not to love about the TOTAL control you have over placement, and ability to remove and redecorate as you please!
We thought adding foliage into a neutral themed baby room was fine, as it’s easy to dress it up with florals for a girl – or add some more wood/outdoorsy type features in for a boy. Low and behold we had our third girl – surprise surprise HAHA! Florals it is!
Why should you add wall decals on a feature wall?
- We were starting with a blank canvas on the top half of the room. A nice white wall from which I could then add a show-stopping, attention grabbing decorative elements on a large cohesive scale.
- It set the theme for the entire bedroom
- Wall art – the wall decals eliminated the need for a huge piece of wall-art to compliment the board and batten, to draw attention back to a focal point on the wall. Filling all the blank space with removable stickers (rather than leaving blank or adding wall-paper), meant a minimal sized wall sign could compliment the overall design rather than steal the show.
- Creates visual interest – people are all like; whoa did you paint those? Is that wallpaper? I love it! you get the picture 😉
- Wall decals are popular – easy to swap out, affordable and come in like literally ANY shape, style, size you could ever desire
How many wall decals where used?
I used a full set of decals for the feature wall. The area decorated measured 152″ long by 39.5″ tall
A full set of this particular set of Watercolor leaves decals contains 44 decals measuring 1″ x 6″ up to 13″ x 21″
Common questions about adhesive wall decals
Where to buy wall decals from?
This part is really up to you and what style of decal you are looking for.
Our decals are from Urban Walls – and are called Watercolor Leaves. You can order some of Urban Wall’s decals through Project Nursery, direct from urban walls or some other merchants. I purchased a FULL SET of decals.
However, there are so many brands of decals out there! Do your research and use whatever your comfortable with price and design wise.
I know that Urban Walls is a super reputable company, and has been recommended to me by many people (in real life and online). The price seemed fair for what I was getting, and I actually had some decals from them in my old house too. They stayed on GREAT and were super easy to remove even 4 years later!
Some other common places to find wall decals
- Quite often you can get wall decals as part of a Nursery Bedding Set; I actually received a set of decals with the Levtex Adaline Baby Collection I purchased for this nursery (as seen in my photos)
- Project Nursery Wall Decal Shop
What color should the wall be when using wall decals on a feature wall?
I’m no design expert – nor will ever pretend to be! Based off my research we ultimately decided a nice clean white backdrop was the perfect starting place for our feature wall. It allowed the wall decals to really pop and not have to compete with another color.
We used Delicate White on the entire feature wall – by PPG paints
What types of wall decals are out there?-
First off – What are wall decals?
Wall decals are basically removable stickers that come in varying shapes, sizes, and patterns that allow people to easily decorate and accentuate walls in the home. They are common to add to feature walls in nurseries, closets, bedrooms and even as beautiful backdrops in built-in shelving units.
Secondly – What types of designs and materials are available?
The quick answer – SO MANY design and material options. The most common ones I have seen being
- Various shapes and patterns. I actually had a set of triangle wall decals in the nursery in our old home’s nursery. Heart wall decals would be cute too!
- Adhesive wall murals of various scenes or large scale patterns
- Geometric shapes and patterns
Most commonly wall decals are made out of adhesive vinyl. However I have seen some amazing looking canvas type materials popping up in the marketplace as well. Adding a bit of textured material to your room can really create a statement wall!
Wallpaper vs Walldecals
The types of wallpaper available in the market is WAY different than what your grandma may have had!
Some wallpapers are now removable, peel and stick, or pre-pasted. Now, anyone can put up wallpaper with no DIY experience, and minimal tools. I actually put up pre-pasted wallpaper in my kitchen pantry! Found the project to be really easy (considering I was working with built-in wood shelves)
However still the main differences between wallpaper and wall decals are
- Wall decals are individual ‘sticker’ type pieces, whereas wallpaper comes in rolls
- Wallpaper will typically end up costing more, because you need to cover the entire space of the wall you’re decorating. With a wall decal you can of course have the painted wall showing through in-between each decal.
- More texture options will be available with wallpapers – ranging from smooth and vinyl like to heavy fabric type textures.
- Wall decals can always be applied without lots of materials on hand. I applied my decals with just a roll of painters tape! Putting up the wallpaper in the pantry however required a spray bottle of water, a scraper, and a box cutter!
Wallpaper is still an amazing option for finishing off the feature wall in your nursery. Opt for a pattern with a ‘high repeat’ if you want to save more money. As this means you will not have to waste as much paper getting the pattern to line up vertically with each new strip horizontally across the wall.
How to apply removable wall decals on a feature wall
Text version of ‘How to apply removable wall decals’
Start with a painted wall that has had time to fully cure; so after freshly painting it is recommended to wait at least 2-3 weeks before applying decals of any type
- Map out the placement of your decals by cutting each decal into it’s respective piece, then taping onto the wall using painters tape
- place the painters tape in a ‘circle’ shape on the back so you don’t see the tape. Just helps for better visualization
- Continue to play around with placement till you are happy. I recommend having them hanging for at least a full day so you can walk in and out of the room seeing the decals arranged from every angle
- Time to hang – one by one you are going to remove the tape from the back of the decal, and use it to make a ‘hinge’ at either the top or the bottom of the decal. You are hinging between the wall and the transfer tape (which is the top semi-transparent piece on the top of the decal)
- The hinge method is most important for large decals
- Lift up the decal away from the wall and peel away the thick backing paper
- Slowly lower the decal back down onto the wall – working from the point of the hinge down and away
- You will move as slowly and smoothly as possible to prevent bubbles from forming and uneven adherence to the wall
- Once the decal is fully on the wall you will still have the semi-transparent transfer tape paper on top. Take your hand, a credit card or a squeegee and you will smooth the decal out fully. Working from centre outwards
- Essentially pushing the decal onto the wall fully in such a way that it is smooth and bubble free on the wall
- Then you can slowly and carefully begin to peel the transfer tape paper down and away from the decal. Pull slowly, in as close of an angle as possible to the wall. Taking care to make sure the decal is not lifting with the paper. If needed you can use your other hand to help pull the paper as well
- That’s it! Simply repeat with each decal and enjoy the beautiful wall you just created that will last as long as you want it to!
I hope you have found this guide helpful, in creating your own dream baby nursery feature wall!
- Where to find a great tutorial for creating a classic board and batten wood feature wall
- The spacing and heights used in this project, as well as paint colors
- How to apply removable wall decals with video demonstration
- Where to find wall decals
- What wall decals are featured in this project along with how many where used
- Along with more great information on wall decals vs wallpaper and more
I hope you will come back and check out the rest of my daughter’s nursery reveal for more helpful painting ideas, and fun DIY projects for your own nursery!
Feel free to share your own wall decal and feature wall experiences in the comment below!