Start by painting the walls a soft color - yellow would be a good backdrop, or even khaki. Use painted or light toned wood furniture - you don't want anything too dark or heavy. Add a simple valence or drapes in a coordinating color.
- Accessories are the fun part, and where you really get to use your imagination. Here are a few ideas - Stamp/paint the alphabet on your walls - create a border around the top of the room, stamp letters randomly on a wall, or over windows and doors.
- Paint your child's name over his/her crib (this can be done after your child is born). Or hang wooden letters on the wall above the crib (make sure they're out of reach of little hands).
- Make your own artwork - paint a single letter on a canvas and add a matching picture (such as D is for dog - use a stencil if you prefer).
- Frame pages from an alphabet book for artwork.