When You Want to Keep it Subtle
If you don't like the idea of a themed kid's room or want to keep your child's room design consistent with the colors in the rest of the house, try using stripes and dots. When you're after something a little more subtle than Spider-man or rampaging dinosaurs, using dots and stripes (and even stars or wavy lines) creates movement and energy in the room. You can incorporate splashes of color in accessory items like lamps. These are also good transitional motifs when you want to update the décor in the nursery but aren't ready for a complete makeover just yet.