Pregnancy is a time of plan-making. This is when we prepare everything for the arrival of the new family member. We need to literally make room in our life for a little bundle of joy. This is designing a baby room is a priority. So, let’s talk about baby nursery design ideas!
Maintaining a theme for the room is a classic idea. Some popular themes in baby nursery designs are nature, classic cartoons, cute urban landscape inspired décor, and, of course, random cute shapes and abstract animals. Here’s a sum-up of the nicest baby nursery design ideas we have found.
5 Baby Nursery Design Ideas for Your Little One
1. The Fairy Tale Baby Nursery Design
The association between childhood and fairytales is very obvious. You may even think it a bit dull. In fact, to paraphrase a famous movie character, it might be just as groundbreaking as florals for spring in a fashion shoot. Still, there’s a reason fairytale motifs go so well with all things children-related.
Think about it, even though you probably haven’t for a while. What’s your favorite fairytale or character? What part of a fairytale do you think would be most comforting for your baby? If you come up with an answer, there you go. You may have just decided on a theme for decorating your baby’s nursery.
The first place where the theme will be visible will be the walls. It’s a good idea to paint them directly in the colors, and with the characters, you plan to represent. As for the rest of the room, the remaining objects should employ the theme’s colors. They should also contain little details of the theme to harmoniously match the walls.
For example, if you were using an Ariel theme, as in the image above, the rest of the room should display mostly lapis and white furniture, maybe some seashell details. You can add a few red dots here and there, but only a small amount.
Another nice thing to consider when creating a fairytale baby nursery design is choosing something that doesn’t necessarily relate to a specific fairytale. Transform the room to only hint at the atmosphere of one, as if it’s the room of a little prince or princess. How cute are the pictures above?
2. Comfortable and Functional Baby Nursery Design
When thinking of your baby nursery design, do not get carried away, or at least not so much that you forget the pragmatics of the room. Consider the fact that the primary purpose of that space will be to ensure a comfortable resting place for your baby. Later on, it will be a playtime space as well.
At the same time, it also needs to include a few entertaining details here and there. Examples include dangling objects or fairy lights, to give the baby something pleasant to look at.
Also, consider the fact that the room will have to accommodate your needs as well. This means it will have to allow you to change diapers and feed your baby comfortably. Think about including some of the following:
- a comfortable armchair for feeding
- a rocking chair for the sleepless nights ahead
- a changing table on which you can securely place the baby
- many boxes or other storage options to keep things well organized
All of this doesn’t mean that the room can’t also be pretty. Observe how functional and still beautiful the furniture in the picture above is. The top is a changing table, while the bottom is full of little shelves and drawers for storage. Other similar multi-purpose furniture pieces or twists are available from most home decorating hubs.
Think about other aspects of making everything as practical as possible as well. For example, make sure everything in the room is washable. And by everything, we mean everything, even the paint on the walls. It may be the best investment you’ll ever make. This way, every small scale disaster will be fixable.
3. Modern Baby Nursery Design
If you feel bold and enjoy edgy trends, take a look at some less traditional baby nursery designs. For instance, you could start with something small, such as changing the overall color scheme. Most baby rooms avoid strong colors, and keep things in the pastel area. Why shouldn’t you try something a touch more different or dramatic?
Your main concerns are probably related to what is relaxing enough for the baby. However, rest assured, the pink-and-blue convention is nothing more than a convention. You can make a room comforting and relaxing with other color combinations as well.
Why not try a classy duo of the following: dark red and pastel yellow, bright green and light pink, dark blue and light lavender, mahogany and light orange, or even red and black. Yes, even red and black could be suitable for an edgy baby nursery, just as in the picture below.
The innovative look can give a confident and elegant vibe to the new room with very little effort. Many designers advise painting a room as the fastest and cheapest way to dramatically change its look from plain to bright and interesting.
Last and not least, don’t forget about adding a few personal details to the room you’re preparing for the baby. You want to make sure it still feels like home, and that it has enough warmth. Consider some framed, randomly arranged family photos on a clear wall of the room. This way, the baby will have the faces of familiar people to look at.
The room can also accommodate a personal heirloom item of your extended family or a furniture item from one of the parents’ own nursery. This way, you don’t only add a touch of vintage chic, but also make the whole setting even more intimately connected to the baby’s background story.
4. All White Baby Nursery Design
All white rooms are becoming more and more popular, if not as baby nurseries, at least as bedrooms or living rooms. Still, since white gives out such a positive vibe, it’s also definitely suitable for a baby room. The clean and sharp look of an all white room is often unparalleled.
Having a white nursery is perfect for when your baby room doesn’t get that much natural light, since white brightens up the room instantly. Fortunately, white furniture is extremely easy to find, even items like cribs and changing tables.
What is particularly appealing about the idea of an all white baby room is that you can choose different furniture styles to achieve different looks, without the color affecting the look. In the image above, we have a modern baby nursery that includes a white crib, armchair, dresser, and drapes.
The accents are what make the room stand out. The grey teddy bears, the design on the carpet, and the basket next to the armchair are just some of the things that give the room some warmth. If you don’t want the room to be as white, you can always choose more colorful accents, while keeping the main furniture items white.
5. Gender Neutral Baby Nursery Design
Whether you don’t want to know if you’re having a boy or a girl, or you simply want to avoid your future child having to conform to gender related stereotypes, a gender neutral baby nursery is a great option for you.
What’s great about this baby nursery design is that there are many options you can choose from in terms of furniture, decorations, colors, and so on. Basically, the only thing you need to avoid is decorating the entire room in what are considered typical “girl colors” for a baby girl and “boy colors” for a baby boy.
One of the most common misconceptions about a gender neutral baby nursery design is that it has to lack color. As you can see in the image above, this is far from being true. The room bursts with color, from teal to yellow, coupled with white and grey accents.
If you really want the room to be gender neutral, think in terms of toys and decorations as well. Get things that every child can enjoy, and allow them to choose their own decorations once they’re old enough.
We hope you enjoyed our suggestions of baby nursery design ideas, and that you were able to pick one that suits your tastes and needs best. This way, the baby’s future shelter will be truly the best you can provide him or her with. If you have other suggestions of baby nursery design ideas that you’d like to share with us, do so in the comments down below!
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