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60 Nursery ideas – girl and boy nurseries, DIY and IKEA decorations

By Elise Hodge

Published: September 19th, 2019

Create a meaningful space for you and your bub.

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Your nursery should be a special sanctuary for you and your bub, so you’ve got to make it comfortable, practical, personal and beautiful. The good news is that there are so many ways to do this. You can incorporate anything from breathtaking mural walls to woven baskets to neutral design or retro colours. With so many ideas, there’s bound to be something for everyone! Read on for 60 amazing nursery ideas.

Must-haves for a nursery:

  • Cot
  • Bassinet
  • Change table
  • Chest of drawers
  • Nappy bin
  • Feeding chair
  • Wall decoration
  • Storage baskets (for toys)
  • Rug

1. Pink mural

Include a mural to add colour and make your nursery cosy. This soft-pink tree mural is the perfect touch for a baby girl’s room. To recreate this design, you can either paint it, use a stencil, or find a stick-on print from an interior design shop.

Pink mural
Source: Style by Emily Henderson

2. Add a poster

If you’ve gone to the effort to create a beautiful feature wall for your nursery, don’t leave it bare! Add detail to your room by hanging personalised prints like this birth poster, which can be made exactly to your baby’s length at birth.

Birth poster
Source: Grace in Magnolias

3. Two-toned feature wall

Want to create something a bit different on your nursery walls? Instead of opting for the usual one-colour accent wall, take decorating to the next level and choose two! A two-tone wall in soft pink and white will add a subtle feminine touch.

Nursery room
Source: Three Birds Renovations

You might want to leave the painting to the professionals, so let the painting experts take care of it for you.

4. Create a cosy corner

To make this little oasis, you’ll need a rocking chair, a footstool, a small side table and a warm lamp. You might look for a rocking chairs in new baby stores but think about taking a look at vintage shops too. When it comes to lighting, choose something warm that adds atmosphere and won’t be too bright for your baby as they lie on your lap in the chair during night feeds.

Rocking chair in nursery
Source: Style by Emily Henderson
Speaking of lights, it’s a good idea to get dimmers put in your ceiling lights as well because when you’re getting up during the night you don’t want to overstimulate yourself and the baby with bright lights. An electrician will be able to help you with your dimmer switch installation.

5. Keep it natural

To achieve a more laid-back natural theme, choose timber furnishings and use earthy tones like a brown, beige and soft peach. Add in a potted indoor plant or two, just make sure they are elevated out of your child’s reach or tucked in the corner. Alternatively, there are plenty of pretty impressive fake plants that you can use.

Nursery
Source: Caro_Kmartin

6. Mobile hanging toys

Mobiles are not just ornaments to hang above your baby’s crib. Their purpose goes beyond beautifying the room. Mobiles are essential in helping nurture your baby’s curiosity and imagination as they grow. And this llama and pom-pom design is too cute!

Hanging mobile
Source: Paul & Paula

7. Shades of grey

Keep things simple by incorporating different shades of grey. This is a great option for a boy’s nursery. Add colour with photos or prints, as well as throws. And create an atmosphere with warm vertical lighting up the wall.

Grey nursery
Source: Paul & Paula

8. Get creative with storage

With a tiny new baby comes a surprisingly huge amount of clothes – and you’re going to have to store them somewhere. To keep everything organised (and you sane), you’ll need to get creative with your storage solutions. While a chest of drawers and a shelving unit should be on your list of must-haves, you can create more hanging space with a tree branch hung with a bit of string. This practical solution doubles up as a decorative feature piece to display or organise clothes for the week.

Nursery storage
Source: I Spy DIY

9. Woven basket

Also known as the ‘Moses basket,’ this is one of the most popular nursery items. It’s a practical crib for a tiny newborn because you can take it with you on the go to any room of the house.

Woven basket
Source: Miss Moss

10. IKEA light pendant

The IKEA SINNERLIG Pendant has been showing up in nurseries all over Instagram, and with good reason! Its airy bamboo weave adds the perfect boho touch to any room. It’s large enough to make a statement but it’s not overwhelming. And the best thing is that it’s very affordable. This pendant light will work with any colour scheme, just as long as you tie it in to the furnishings by adding weaved baskets or using touches of timber.

Ikea pendant
Source: Project Nursery

11. Acrylic crib

Who would have ever thought an acrylic crib could be a thing? Well, it is – and it looks great too. This is the perfect option for a colour-heavy nursery or a simple choice to complement minimal design. Because the edging is see-through, you can have fun playing around with different coloured cushioning and blankets.

Acrylic crib
Source: Project Nursery
Always make sure that you check the safety ratings of you babies items before you purchase.

12. Make it green with plants

Add a bit of greenery to your nursery by choosing a few indoor plants. Popular choices include fiddle leaf figs, rubber figs and peace lilies. Add a decorative mirror to your wall to reflect your plants and make your space appear bigger. Just make sure your room gets enough natural light so your plants flourish!

Plants in nursery
Source: Project Nursery

13. Muted colours

Match muted colours that harmonise with each other to soft pink walls for a calming nursery. Touches of wood, rattan or linen will bring this look together.

Muted coloured nursery
Source: Olli Ella

14. Storage unit

A woven storage unit is a practical choice for your nursery, because you can use it long after your baby grows up. For now, fill it with clothes, toys, books and more. And in the future – use it however you like!

Storage unit
Source: GlobeWest

15. Neutral black and white

You can’t go wrong with black and white, especially if you’re trying to create a gender-neutral nursery. This is a great option if you want to have a few kids and don’t want to go to the hassle of changing colours before each birth.

Neutral nursery
Source: Annabode

16. Colourful with toys

Have you ever thought about using toys as decor? Sure, you can invest in prints for your wall, but you can also make use of the cute toys you have to decorate your storage units. This works especially well if the toys are all in a similar colour scheme, like these gorgeous pink and timber tones.

Colourful toys
Source: Olli Ella

17. Modern vintage

Bring the past into the present with this mid-century nursery. Use timber panelling to create a traditional effect, add an ornate light shade, and use pops of grey and white for contrast.

Modern vintage nursery
Source: Bre Purposed

18. Modern boho and pink

The vintage pink rug is the statement piece in this nursery, and isn’t it stunning? Without the rug, this nursery may appear a little bland. But this just proves that all you need is one or two key feature pieces to take a room from ‘eh’ to ‘wow!’

Boho girl nursery
Source: Bre Purposed

Planning for your baby shower too? Take a look at these adorable baby shower ideas.

19. Eye-catching painting

If you want to take your nursery design up a notch, include a large-scale framed mural. A feature piece like this will set the tone for the rest of the room. Take the soft, muted pinks and greens and incorporate these colours throughout the rest of the nursery to complete this theme.

Girl nursery
Source: Bre Purposed

20. Add personal touches

When creating your nursery, it’s nice to go beyond just a beautiful design to incorporating items that represent your family. If travel has been an important part of your life, add a map to the wall. If you have books that your parents read to you when you were little, put them on the dresser. Or maybe you have a rug or crib that was passed on through the generations – include that too. These little touches will help you feel at home in this new space as you welcome your baby into the world.

Nursery
Source: A Pair and a Spare DIY

21. Triangle print

This dainty triangle print is gorgeous! The timber slats on the white crib and the woven rug add texture and warmth to the rest of the room.

Triangle print wall
Source: Wall Garnish

22. Jungle mural

Go all out with an all-encompassing jungle mural. This is such a fun addition to your nursery. As always with a feature wall, make sure you integrate the colours throughout your room. In this case, there’s a gorgeous deep green velvet feeding chair and white crib.

Jungle mural nursery
Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

A wallpaper such as this is best left to the professionals as you have to line up the illustration perfectly. Find someone to help with your wallpaper installation near you.

23. Hanging plants

You can’t go wrong with hanging plants – they bring a touch of nature indoors. Choose your favourite indoor plants, put them in little matching pots and tie them with string. Just make sure you keep them elevated and out of baby’s way!

Hanging plants in nursery
Source: Ash Burchard

24. Daybed

This gorgeous vintage daybed is a practical addition to the nursery. Fancy a nap while your baby’s sleeping but want to stay close? There’s no need to worry because you’ve got a comfy daybed. This also doubles up as an extra sleeping spot for when guests come over.

Daybed in nursery
Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

25. Woodland style

Looking for a cute idea for a baby boy’s nursery? Look no further than this woodland style room. Feature colours include dark navy, hunter green, grey, white, and brown with a touch of wood and leather.

Woodland style nursery
Source: Reflekt Interiors

26. Create a book display

If you have a lot of books for your baby, then you may as well display them on floating shelves! This not only makes the books more accessible, but it also brightens up the nursery with fun colours.

Book display
Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

27. Setup a teepee

OK, this is teepee setup is adorable, even I want one! If you don’t have one of these, you’re going to want to get your hands on one now. While it may not be overly practical, the teepee adds a playful touch – and that’s a good enough reason for me!

Teepee
Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

28. Retro inspired

Mixing periods is a great way to create a dynamic design, and this vibrant nursery does it flawlessly. The color palette, with its sunset hues mixed with brown accents and a mid-century-inspired bassinet, immediately gives the space a retro feel.

Meanwhile, the all-encompassing peachy-pink paint gives the room a contemporary edge while also making it feel cosy. Top it off with lively patterns and cute textiles, and you’ve got a dream nursery.

Retro-inspired nursery
Source: Hunker

29. Sophisticated and timeless

If there’s one trend you’re probably picking up on it’s that there are hundreds of ways to pull off a beautiful gender-neutral nursery. And this one is no exception. By sticking with a neutral base, you ensure that your foundational pieces, like timber cabinetry, grow with your baby while leaving room for the addition of personal details.

Sophisticated and modern nursery
Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

30. Soft pale blue

This is a classic design for a baby boy’s nursery, and there’s one reason why – it looks gorgeous. Stick with muted tones of blue and crisp white to create a peaceful and calming oasis like the one pictured below.

Soft pale blue nursery
Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

31. Go all out with colour

On the other end of the spectrum, you can choose all of the bright, bubbly colours! Combine pink, peach, soft blue and green for a lovely nursery for your baby girl.

Colourful nursery
Source: 100 Layer Cake-let

32. Country style

Draw some inspiration from this country-style nursery. It incorporates white timber panelling, rustic decor and touches of greenery to achieve a barn look.

Country style nursery
Source: House on 77th

33. Choose a wide dresser

A nice wide dresser provides plenty of room for the changing pad as well as various supplies. Fill out the wall above it with signs, meaningful quotes and pieces of art. Add a personal touch by including any details from your birth announcement.

Wide dresser
Source: Table and Hearth

34. Organise your drawers

When it comes to keeping everything tidy, dividers will be your best friend. You can find simple drawer dividers in storage shops or from IKEA. Keep your most-used items like outfits at the top, bibs in another drawer, and blankets and other miscellaneous items at the bottom.

Drawers in nursery
Source: Table and Hearth

35. Paint it dark

Tired of the white on white look? Try dark grey instead. This will create a moody feel in your nursery and will set the foundation for other items like a black cot and timber mobile.

Source: Table and Hearth

36. Make it whimsical

Transport yourself to another world with a whimsical-themed nursery. Achieve this look with traditional white furniture and decor, and pull out all stops with a stunning mural.

Whimsical nursery
Source: Tuft and Trim

37. DIY wooden hanging mobile

No nursery is complete without the addition of a baby mobile. You can create a simple wooden DIY hanging mobile to work in with your minimalist aesthetic. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about this cluttering your space because it will only bring calm into your home and your baby’s world.

DIY hanging mobile
Source: Hunker

38. Glam it up with blush and gold

This is often thought of as a grown-up theme used in offices, bedrooms and walk-in wardrobes. But there’s no reason why you can’t add a little bit of glam to your baby girl’s nursery. Use soft pink, florals, touches of gold, and white to create this look.

Blush and gold nursery
Source: Project Nursery

39. Have fun with quirky pillows

How cute is this nursery? I love that everything is so different and unique! You can find quirky pillows anywhere online and add a geometric print to your wall to complete the theme.

Quirky pillows in nursery
Source: Fiona Michelon Stylist

40. Add a tapestry

This tapestry was passed down through the generations and framed as a special memory. If you have any personal pieces like this, consider adding them to your nursery. It’s lovely to be able to tell your child the special family stories behind the decorations in their room.

Tapestry in nursery
Source: Project Nursery

41. Table details

Little details are one of the most overlooked parts of any room – but they are so important. If you have a coffee table or side table in your nursery, make sure you dress it up. Stack a few of your favourite books, add a toy or two, and arrange a bunch of flowers in a pretty vase. Remember, it’s important to make your nursery a space that you truly love, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time there with your baby.

Table details
Source: Project Nursery

42. DIY canopy

How cute is this oversized canopy? You’ll be pleased to know that this isn’t something that you have to spend heaps of money on but that you can DIY it yourself in an afternoon. The key materials are a hula hoop and white fabric, and they’ll cost you less than $30. You’ll also need some artificial leaves or flowers to string around the outside of the hoop. If you’re having a girl, you might want to consider something floral like pretty peonies. Or if you’re going for a gender-neutral style, you might want to choose greenery and gumnuts. Whatever you go with, you’ll be so proud of your work when it’s done!

DIY canopy
Source: Style Curator

43. Forest and moon themed

If you want something a little bit edgy and creative for your boy’s nursery, go with a dark forest theme. This nursery includes dark grey walls with black trees (can you spot the squirrel?), and a big moon print. The furniture is in shades of grey and brown to match the overall theme. And can we talk about the light fixture? This is a fun addition that really adds character to the room.

Forest themed nursery
Source: Mr Kate

44. Include a custom name sign

This is something that you can DIY yourself, or you can find plenty of creative designs on Etsy. I love how this gorgeous gold sign is inside glass shelving, but you could also hang it on the wall or above the crib.

Custom sign in nursery
Source: Eat Yourself Skinny

45. The bedroom nursery

This one is for you if you don’t have a dedicated room for your nursery. Maybe you live in a one-bedroom apartment or your second room is for another child. If that’s the case, then it might be time to do some rearranging in your own bedroom.

Before you dismiss the idea as impossible, take a look at this gorgeous setup. Create your very own bedroom nursery by first getting rid of the items you no longer need. Next, re-purpose your furniture to hold your baby’s clothes, nappies and key pregnancy items. And then add in a comfortable feeding chair, a crib and a change table on top of your set of drawers. With a little bit of rearranging, you can build a nursery nook that’s both practical and beautiful.

Bedroom nursery
Source: Inspiralized

46. Go wild with animal wallpaper

Choose your favourite animal wallpaper and go all out. This detailed animal design is too cute, and looks lovely with minimal-style decor.

Nursery with animal wallpaper
Source: Room for Tuesday

47. Vintage dresser

We’ve all got a piece of furniture in our homes that we absolutely adore – whether it’s the couch, a corner chair or the kitchen table. Make your nursery special by choosing one key feature piece like this gorgeous vintage dresser.

Vintage dresser
Source: A Beautiful Mess

48. Soft toys

You can never have enough soft toys! And they don’t have to stay tucked away in a basket on the floor, either. Take inspiration from this setup and use your soft toys to decorate shelves.

Soft toys
Source: The Interiors Addict

49. Neon and pink

Make a bold statement with an eclectic design like this one. The neon and pink combined with the graphic ‘milk’ blanket and cute cactus and cat-shaped pillows make this room very playful and fun!

Neon pink nursery
Source: A Beautiful Mess

50. DIY hanging art

If you’re not a DIY kind of person, this one’s for you because it’s so straightforward. All you need is to pick out some coloured yarn (choose a mix of bright colours or different shades of the same colour) and tie each piece to a rod – too easy!

Yarn art nursery
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Don’t forget to baby (and toddler) proof your home as you go through the design and assembly process. Most items come with anchor point information, but here’s some added information because it’s never too early to look at baby proofing.

51. Brighten it up with a colourful rug

A rug makes any space feel more cosy, especially if you have hardwood floors or tiles. When selecting a rug, you want to choose one that’s either a statement piece or one that matches your current colour scheme. In this case, the rug is the real stand out in the room – it brings vibrancy and warmth to what would otherwise be a cool white space.

Colourful rug
Source: A Beautiful Mess

52. Cloud and stars mobile

This has got to be my favourite of all the mobiles we’ve covered. This gorgeous piece adds so much joy to this nursery.

Star mobile
Source: A Beautiful Mess

53. DIY IKEA rocking sheep

It’s amazing what can come from a little bit of creative vision and a knack for DIY projects. Originally, this rocking sheep was a red rocking moose. It was transformed with a lick of white paint, some faux fur fabric and fabric for the ears.

DIY rocking sheep
Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

54. Can’t find it? Make it!

If you’ve been hunting for some nursery-friendly art but can’t seem to find what you’re looking for, why not make it yourself? Create this pretty pink piece by using a heart-shaped hole punch, some pink paper in different shades, and a white frame.

Nursery art
Source: Chrissy Carter

55. Spruce up a dresser with a bit of paint

You probably wouldn’t believe that this IKEA HEMNES dresser was a secondhand purchase. A fresh coat of forest green paint and brass hardware was added, and voila – it looks better than new! So if you’ve got a vision but you’re on a budget, don’t be held back by the price. Make your furniture dreams come to life with secondhand pieces.

Green dresser
Source: Paige Jones

56. Create a themed wardrobe

If you’re the kind of person who loves to theme your wardrobe, then you’re probably going to want to do the same for the nursery. It can be overwhelming to receive so many clothes from family and friends, so where do you start?

First of all, think about the colours that you’ll want to dress your baby in. If you’re having a baby shower, mention the colour theme on the invitations. This way, you’ll make sure you reduce clothing waste and that you only have clothing that you’re actually going to use. This will also make it so much easier when it comes time to arrange the wardrobe.

Themed wardrobe
Source: Halfway Wholeistic

57. Add a chair swing

This idea maybe a little bit out of the box, but it’s a whole heap of fun. A chair swing can be an alternative to the traditional rocking chair, and it provides a place for you to feed your baby. Incorporate it into your space by adding cushions in the same colours as your rug and furniture.

Chair swing in nursery
Source: DIY in PDX

58. Monochrome

This black-and-white nursery looks so cosy! I love the black detailing on the corners of the white timber crib, and the framed prints are just too cute!

Monochrome nursery
Source: Little Lovelies Blog

59. Add floating shelves

This is the perfect way to optimise space in your nursery. These shelves are the EKBY OSTEN and EKBY VALTER combination from IKEA. And they’ve only got one problem – they simply must be adorned with cute toys and trinkets!

Floating shelves in nursery
Source: Vida Mamacita

60. DIY rainbow arches

Rainbows are very much on-trend right now, and the good news is that you can recreate this look by painting it yourself. Simply pick a colour and hand paint them on the wall. The finished product – a gorgeous feature wall!

Rainbow arches
Source: Vintage Revivals

I hope these 60 nursery ideas have inspired you to think outside the box, I know it has for me. There are so many incredible ways to make your space truly unique. I think the most important design aspect is to add personal touches – be it a special toy or print that’s been passed down through the decades or a keepsake from your baby announcement. This will make your space warm and cosy as you welcome your new bundle of joy!

If you have any other ideas, please comment them down below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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