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:
- Change table
- Chest of drawers
- Nappy bin
- Feeding chair
- Wall decoration
- Storage baskets (for toys)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!’
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.