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What Are the Best Ideas for a Jungle-Themed Nursery?

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Decorative items are available for all parts of a room, from the floor to the ceiling, to help create a jungle-themed nursery. Animal fur and hoof prints, such as those of leopards, zebras and giraffes, can be featured on bedding, rugs and draperies. Whimsical jungle animal wall decals and rainforest wallpaper borders can be applied to nursery walls. Other ideas for jungle-themed nursery decorating options include plush items, such as stuffed animals, wall hangings and fake animal skin rugs.

The walls of a jungle-themed nursery provide plenty of space for dramatic impact. Creating a rainforest with wall decals, murals or stencils will provide a fitting backdrop for a variety of jungle creatures. Elephants, giraffes and zebras can be applied with wall decals or stickers, or they can be hand-painted onto nursery walls. Colorful, whimsical animals are often more suitable for decorating a nursery than realistic ones. The animals can be strategically placed on the walls, such as a lion crawling down from the edge of a doorway or a monkey or parrot perched upon the top of a window.

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Plush figures, quilts and wall hangings can be used to carry out the atmosphere of a jungle-themed nursery. Pillows that feature or are shaped like elephants, gorillas and tigers can be placed around the room. Wall hangings featuring jungle birds and animals can be hung alone or in groups, or they can be draped over furniture. A mobile that features small, plush jungle animals can be hung over the crib.

Crib sheet sets, blankets and matching curtains are available in jungle patterns and colors. Quilts, nursery rugs and play mats can mimic real animal furs or feature whimsical themes, such as elephants playing with coconuts or monkeys swinging from palm trees. Jungle-themed nursery rugs also can feature exotic animal patterns, such as leopard fur or zebra stripes.

Lamps, light switch covers and nightlights also are available in jungle themes. A lamp that features elephants, tigers and giraffes marching around the base can be topped with a shade that features monkeys hanging by their tails from tree limbs. Another option is a lone elephant standing at the base of a lamp that is topped with a giraffe shade and has a monkey hanging from a light switch pull. Elephant, monkey and zebra nightlights also can add to the feel of a jungle-themed nursery.

Ceiling fans for a jungle-themed nursery feature zebra, leopard and giraffe patterns on the blades. Hanging down from the fans can be ceiling fan pulls featuring jungle animals as well, such as tigers, monkeys or zebras. Nursery furniture can feature animal print fabric coverings, paint themes and decals.

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