Fact: It’s never too early to appreciate good design. Your baby may not care what their room looks like, which means the nursery is one of the last times you can call all the shots, before they hit that threenager stage and have opinions on everything. Jokes aside, the nursery is your baby’s first home. And the space that welcomes them into the world should boast an inviting, calming, and fun atmosphere full of wonder. Of course, your baby’s room also needs to be functional and comfortable for the you. So allow the following twenty unique nursery ideas, examples, and tips to ease and guide your own decorating process. Classic pastels, unexpected neutrals, and modern interpretations ahead.
Choose a Fun Light
In this baby’s room designed by Tasmin Johnson, the timeless pieces—like the ottoman and chair set, framed photographs, and traditional dresser—give the room a refined edge that will age well. To balance it out, she chose a whimsical pendant light.
Invest In Ageless Furniture
Contained by gold-leaf borders, the flowers climbing up the walls of designer Marie Flanigan’s newborn daughter’s room are actually mural wallpaper. Today, the daybed is “a cozy spot for late-night feedings, but one day it’ll be her big-girl bed, with a trundle for sleepovers,” the Houston Designer says. Stylish, ageless, multi-purpose furniture is always a good
Dress Up the Changing Table
Studio DB transformed this corner into a happy, practical changing station by framing it with a cheerful gallery wall , floating shelves, and plush animal mount. Opt for a changing table with drawers instead of open shelves to tuck away unsightly essentials and anchor the space with a neutral yellow hue.
Pick Fun Furniture
In this adorable nursery designed by Chango & Co, the lucite shelving unit is shaped like a dollhouse. There are so many fun options out there that can make even something ordinary (in this case, a shelving unit), into something exciting and inspiring.
Bring In Two Gliders
Photographer Gray Milan and his husband Jeff Richardson have two glider sin their nursery suite. This way, there’s story time is a family affair. If space allows, bring in two rocking chairs or slide up an extra stool—it’s particularly handy for parents of twins.
Opt for Durable Upholstery
This is baby Dove’s room in Malin’s nursery suite. His pro tip? Upholster your furniture in outdoor fabric or other spill-proof material so it looks like new for longer. A daybed can double as a bed for overnight guests and a place to perch while the kids play.
Be Bold With Color
We’re digging the use of vibrant, unexpected colors in this nursery designed by Steven Sclaroff. The green background of the wallpaper still feels youthful thanks to the whimsical pattern, and the orange-red carpet adds a surge of energy. The classic armchair and dresser are also going to deliver function and style to the family home for years to come.
Install a Little Library
Step story time up a notch by adding a little floating shelf library to display all their favorite bedtime books on. Designed by Amber Interiors, the collection of books doubles as decor, animating the white walls.
Bring In Cute Storage Pieces
Keep blankets and towels easy to access with an etagere, a storage ladder, or a towel warmer. In this nursery designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors, the wood towel rack adds a classic touch while also giving the pretty blankets more time to shine out in the open.
Studio DB perked up the wall behind the crib with fun photographs of sheep (hopefully they’ll also bring good luck with pleasant dreams and plenty of sleep). You could also add some sentimental value by creating a gallery wall of family photos.