Alice in Wonderland Nursery Ideas and Design Tips

Alice in Wonderland nursery mood board

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Creating a nursery is often one of the most exciting parts of preparing for a baby. But it comes with a lot of questions. How do you choose a nursery theme? How do you find the right crib? Or rocking chair? And does everything even look good together? The process can be daunting. So today we’re sharing a mood board for an Alice In Wonderland nursery. We hope these ideas spark your inspiration and make your nursery planning a little easier. We’re also sharing design tips for how to create a themed room inspired by your favorite Disney movie.

Item Sources: Alice in Wonderland Art Print | White Rabbit Plush | Chandelier | Wallpaper | Crib | Rocking Chair | Rug | Dresser | Mirror | Pink Flower Pillow | Yellow Flower Pillow | Red-Orange Flower Pillow

Alice in Wonderland Nursery: Inspiration and Concept

To create a room that embodies Wonderland’s curious mood and spirit, we took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland concept art by Mary Blair. Mary Blair is famous for her modernist art style where she utilizes simple shapes and contrasting color combinations. If you’re not familiar with her work, this book about Mary Blair’s art is fantastic. Her color choices and the way she uses shape and form are captivating. Her work is successful at capturing and sense of place. It’s no wonder Walt Disney relied on Mary to create concept art for many of Disney’s animated features. So for our Alice in Wonderland nursery, we wanted our mood to be transportive, like Mary’s art. Our goal was to create a room that felt like a theme more than it looked like a theme.

Down, Down, Down (To Wonderland)

Floral wallpaper would be great on an accent wall. A little would go a long way here! A bold floral pattern gives the sense of being in a garden that’s larger than (normal) life. Oversized floral pillows for lounging on the floor and a vintage style tole chandelier bring in more of the floral elements we’re looking for. These floral pieces are going to be what ground our Wonderland theme.

Contrast: Mary Blair Style

Similar to Mary Blair’s work, we want to bring in heavy contrast using color. This can lend itself to helping define the mood of the room. In our Alice in Wonderland nursery, we bring in pieces with deep moody colors, like the rocking chair, to play against the lightness of the gold crib. But the real magic here is the relationship between dark and light. The balance between those elements is what gives us richness and depth.

Also important: mirrors. You might think a mirror in a nursery is pointless. When’s a baby going to use that? While I won’t argue one is necessary in a nursery, mirrors can serve a purpose in any room. But a looking glass in an Alice in Wonderland nursery? Must have! Mirrors are also a great way to bring light to a room—especially smaller, darker ones. They allow light to bounce around the room and help a room feel larger.

The Element of Surprise

For an element of surprise—because what’s Wonderland without surprises—we have a rug design featuring the playing card suits. A nursery is the last place you’d expect to find a rug like this, and it’s so fun with the theme! Plus, this high contrast style rug is great for your baby’s early visual development.

Alice in Wonderland Decor

The Rabbithole from Disney's Alice In Wonderland
The Rabbithole from Disney’s Alice In Wonderland. Image credit: Minted

You can’t have an Alice in Wonderland nursery without Alice in Wonderland decor. This Alice in Wonderland art print is so charming. I love the contrast in the color palette that works so well the theme. It would look beautiful in a nursery. An added bonus of this art print is being able to choose the size of your print as well as framing options. Having features you can customize will ensure the art is going to work perfectly for your space. And the White Rabbit plush is adorable! These decor pieces seal the deal on the nursery’s Alice in Wonderland look.

More Alice in Wonderland Nursery Style Ideas

For additional ways to bring that Wonderland feeling into your room, here are some suggestions:

  • Use powder blue crib sheets, similar to the color of Alice’s dress
  • Add a white rabbit lamp. I love the mystery of this one. Fits right into Wonderland.
  • Mushroom shaped pillows would be so cute in an Alice in Wonderland nursery. Plus a baby’s room can never have too many soft things for parent’s to lounge on and for baby to play with.

Design Tip: Be a Little Literal and a Lot Symbolic

When creating a themed room, the design doesn’t always need to be on-the-nose. You don’t have to have crib sheets, baby blankets, a lamp, and curtains all with same pattern of Alice in Wonderland characters displayed on them. If everything in your room had Alice’s likeness on it, it could risk looking more like a gift shop and less like a themed room. Interpret your theme through pattens, color, and texture, as opposed to replicating its imagery in every corner of the room. Look for furniture and decor that evokes the feeling of your theme. Then, add in items branded with your theme: like Disney wall art, collectible figurines, etc.

Design Tip: Create a Mood Board

One of the easiest ways to begin the design process for any room is to create a mood board. A mood board is a display of all your furniture and decor picks for a room in one spot. By creating a mood board, you’re able to visualize a room before committing to any one piece.

You can create mood boards using apps like Canva, Adobe Express, or Photoshop. I created the mood board in this post using Adobe Express. After finding all the furniture and decor pieces I want to use, I add them to my project and arrange them how I like. Adobe Express has a great feature where they will remove the background of an image with the click of a button. Then you can add text, or any other design elements you like.

Another simple way to create a mood board is to use Pinterest. Simply create a new board and add your pins to it. This method is so quick and easy. While you can’t add text or other design elements, you do have the benefit of having the links to your items all in one place.

Design Tip: Do What Makes You Happy

Mix patterns. Play with scale. Repaint that dresser with the paint color your Aunt Edna said is “muddy.” No one can bring your vision to life better than you. So have fun creating a magical space for your home that brings happiness to your life!

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