Whenever I hear the term “polka dots” my mind conjures images of Mini Mouse’s red and white dress, the Twister game board and clown outfits.  None of them lend to the general feeling of “calm” or “serene” when it comes to decorating for a nursery.  But with the help of wall decals and DIY paint projects, there are some pretty amazing and inspirational nurseries that have been able to take the polka dot to a whole new level of creativity and sophistication.  Take a look at these lovely spaces that have successfully incorporated and updated the ubiquitous “dot”.


1) The Scatter: Who says that dots have to be placed in neat little rows?  These rooms use the “scatter” to create the illusion of movement and infusion of whimsy.  Use them to fill an entire wall, or have them trickle down over a select area.


Image: Roxanne Stellmacher


Image: Gilt


Image: Walls Need Love


Image: Walls Need Love


2) Colour: My Pinterest feed has been flooded with metallics as the finish of choice for wall decal dots, but these rooms show that coloured spots can be just as sophisticated and modern.  Use the all the colours of the rainbow, or stick to only a few for a consistent theme.


Image: Momo Design


Image: Outer Towners


Image: Babyology


Image: Momo Design


3) Black and White: Black and white dots with the right proportion and spacing adds visual interest but stays timeless.


Image: Laura Winslow Photography


Image: Lolita


Image: Down That Little Lane


4) Size It Down… Or Up:  Sizing seems to be one of the keys to getting this dotted look just right.  Either blow it way up to create something bold and graphic like the way that Tori Spelling has done with her coral circles, or size it down to keep the the space bright and open.


Image: Red Book Magazine


Image: Interiors Addict


Image: Pisaroita


What do you think of the polka dot?  Would this be something that you would incorporate into your nursery or kid’s room?