I never thought I would decorate my baby’s room with a Toy Story theme.
I have been dreaming of my babies’ rooms for as long as I can remember. They would be true works of art.
When I found out I was pregnant, I became obsessed with planning every inch of my baby girl’s room. It was going to be spectacular. Then, I found out I was having a boy. Still extremely exciting, but I had to mourn the loss of my girl’s room.
I had a few boy’s nurseries in my head, but my husband is obsessed with Toy Story. No really, he is.
Our office (which was to become the nursery) looked more like a shrine to Pixar than an office. He has more Toy Story stuff than you could possibly imagine. Not my ideal theme for a baby’s room, but I wanted to make my husband happy. And all the toys we already had to use in the room were a bonus.
I took on the challenge. I hope these Toy Story room ideas will help you too.
I obviously wasn’t going to settle for simply throwing up a few decals and buying Toy Story bedding like all the Toy Story rooms that I saw with a google image search. I wanted to capture the feel of Toy Story in a majorly creative way.
Luckily, I didn’t sleep at night much when I was pregnant, so 4:00 am was the perfect time to dream up what had to be the coolest Toy Story bedroom ever.
I first thought about what was iconic to Toy Story and Andy’s room: the clouds (our stencil is available here), the color scheme (which includes pretty much every color except for orange- that makes it easy), the toys, the Pixar lamp, the army men, the moon shape, the star on the Pixar ball, the globe, the stars, etc.
Then, I thought about fabrics and textures. Woody has great ones. He has the bandanna, the cow hide vest, and denim. All of which are super easy and fun to utilize.
First off, I played with scale. Some things are toy sized; other things look as if you were toy sized. I made giant toy blocks with his name above his bed. (A bigger undertaking than I realized, but good bonding time with my dad making them together). I also ordered a giant crayon lamp.
I got some ideas from the Toy Story Mania ride at Disney World. That is where I got the idea for the old fashioned looking Christmas lights. In the first movie, they are regular Christmas light, but the big ones help play with the scale.
I tried not to take things too literally- like the plane. In the movie it was about a four inch long toy plane, but mine is a statement.
The lights also helped me with my goal to play with lighting. I think that is a good way to make a room magical to a child.
I also have a globe that lights up with constellations when it is dark. The constellations also contribute to the space theme.
Which brings me to my next strategy: I used the strange tension between space and cowboy to make the room interesting. My rocking chair (which is clearly cowboy) has a space patterned ottoman in front of it.
I ran into many, many challenges along the way, but I was inspired by Disney. They make whatever they dream up happen, no matter how difficult. Like creating their 14 story Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom using an oil rig.
I thought, if they can do it, so can I.
Now, I get such a sense of pride when my baby’s cousins come over and all they want to do is play in cousin Cyrus’ room. Or when my newborn baby boy stares up in awe of the lights and planets that I picked out just for him.