20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, published in 1870, is the fascinating undersea journey brought to us by Jules Verne. Credited as one of the original inspirations of the steampunk movement and brought to the big screen by Disney, this adventure forces man to confront his fears deep under the unexplored oceans using “futuristic” technologies.
Jules Verne is the grandfather of imagination. His outlandish creative visions helped launch us into the 20th century, and inspired some of the best minds the world has to offer. Why not draw upon that and turn your nursery into an undersea fantasy land?
First, let’s tackle the walls in your infant’s room. The colors you want to concentrate on are rustics/earth tones, sea green, copper and deep blues. Blue makes for a great neutral calming color and gives the appearance that you’re under the sea. If you want to give the feeling of being at the bottom of the seafloor then start out with a mix of green and a tiny bit of brown. As you work your way up the wall, begin to add the deep blue, gradually lightening the blue as you work closer to the ceiling. You don’t want to go too light. Keep the upper wall a deep blue. Remember it’s 20,000 leagues not 30 feet under the sea. Once you get some paint on the walls, we can get to the fun part of decorating.
I love this print. Sure, it might be more for the bathroom, but I think it will fit quite well in a nursery. Your kid is doing all his business in there anyhow. You can always move it to their bathroom when they get older. To me, this sums up imagination, instantly capturing the mood of the room.
If you are looking for a more vintage/rustic print then this one should meet your qualifications. There’s even a Narwhal! Make sure you get a frame that lets it stand out from the paint on the wall.
The nursery isn’t complete without the captain, himself. The eye in the background really gives this print the nice extra touch. Plus, the colors will brighten the nursery and act as a great focal point for the room.
You’re still missing one important piece, a porthole. You can purchase a variety from Etsy or other retail websites across the web. You might even be able to scrounge one up at your local flea market. I highly recommend looking for a brass one for authenticity sake like the one featured below.
I’m also digging the the mirror as well. Unfortunately, you will not be able to open up the porthole to escape onto a deserted island. On a brighter note, no giant squids will be able to reach in to steal your baby.
Speaking of sea monsters with tentacles, consider adding this awesome Octopus arm sculpture. Your friends and family will be awed by this spectacular piece and you can bet your child will want to keep it as they get older. Good luck dusting it though.
So, now that we have the walls decorated, let’s look at how we’re going to light the place. If you can get your hands on one of those lamps that you can fill with seashells, shark teeth or broken glass you find on the beach then you should be off to a good start. Here’s a couple of other options.
For those of you who are hardcore and are planning on sticking with the sea theme for quite some time. These lights are specifically themed from the novel. You can’t ask for a better set.
If your heart is set on adding a ship’s wheel then why not combine that with a light fixture. Here’s a “vintage” one that is for sale on Etsy. This should give you an idea to possibly create your own. You might have a hard time finding a ship’s wheel, but you can easily purchase light kits at your local hardware store.
Lighting can get quite expensive, especially if you are trying to go the vintage route. If I’ve gone out of your price range, you could just purchase a unique light switch cover. Just make sure the light switch is compatible with the cover.
Moving onto the crib, you’re going to want a few things. The first being a fitted crib sheet. I found a Jellyfish and Squid one. My exhaustive search didn’t reveal much else. If anything, I’ve discovered that most crib sheets seem to be quite boring. Fortunately, this one will do the the trick.
Crib mobiles, on the other hand, yield quite a few choices. Let me present two options: the cheaper version available here, and the one you should buy if you can afford it, seen below.
Let’s not forget a rattle. What nursery wouldn’t be complete without a little squid rattle? Talk about super cute and it matches the mobile and the crib sheet.
Finally, we’re just about done. However, one more thing I wanted to include is a baby bib and burping cloths. I guess this technically doesn’t fit in a nursery, but I’m listing it here anyway.
Hopefully, this article gave you some ideas for creating your own 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea nursery. You can even borrow some products above to make a steampunk or more traditional under sea theme. Please let us know if you decide to go with the theme. We’d love to hear your suggestions and post your pics below or send them to us on Facebook, Twitter, or our Community. Good luck.