As soon as the ultrasound image shows up and the technician tells you that it's a girl, images of pink frilly nurseries may pop into your head. If you don't already have a space that your bundle of joy can call home, now's the perfect time to start planning the nursery design. Think your baby will be a girly-girl instead of a tomboy? Why not try a Victorian-inspired nursery? Here's how to capture the theme.
Nail down a color palette
Pink is the obvious choice for many parents with daughters, but the shades you choose for a Victorian-themed room will have to be narrowed down a bit. Bold hues like magenta or fuchsia won't really embody the vintage vibe, so opt for bubblegum, blush and dusty rose pinks instead.
Of course, you don't have to stick with pink – plenty of other colors will work well in a Victorian nursery. Any type of pastel, whether it's mint, lavender, sky blue or lemon yellow, is a valid choice, and cream, gold and silver work too.
Shop for furniture
For a nursery, you'll obviously be looking for functional furniture that's safe for your baby, so write out a list beforehand of what you'll need. Then go to town selecting pieces with a girly, vintage flair. Thrift shops and garage sales might be your best bet, as these pieces will probably be inexpensive and won't look brand new (which is what you want). Repaint them in the color palette of your choice and try using antiquing techniques to make the finish look old. For example, paint an item white, then go over it with a light wood glaze. A bit of sandpaper will rough up the finish.
With the essentials out of the way, you can really have fun accessorizing your daughter's nursery. Think grandiose and elaborate to capture the elegance of Victorian design. Long, thick window treatments or embellished valances are perfect for windows, while a chandelier might provide an attractive light source on the ceiling. Frilly bedding, plush area rugs and dainty shelves will complete the look.
Add floral details
Homedit.com points out that floral elements are a staple of Victorian design, which is good news for your daughter's nursery space. You can incorporate flowers in a variety of ways – just use your imagination! Try bringing in bouquets, finding furniture with floral carvings or moldings, using fabrics with floral prints or doing a bit of painting yourself.