Designing a nursery is a fun project for expectant parents that can be as simple or elaborate as you care to make it. While the ultimate goal of any nursery design is to create a safe, welcoming, tranquil spot for your baby to sleep, play, and grow, it's important to remember that a baby room is as much for parents as it is for newborns, both from an aesthetic and a practical point of view.
While you can decorate a nursery in any style that you want, keep in mind that in the end it's just another room in your house, and should flow with the rest of your aesthetics and decor, and be a comfortable place for grown-ups to spend time in, too, with a comfortable chair for nursing and bonding, adequate storage, and a changing table that takes some of the sting out of that relentless chore. Most of all, a nursery should put a smile on your face, with colors, details, and decor that speaks to you.
Check out these inspiring ideas in a range of sizes and styles to help you create the baby room of your dreams that your newborn will surely grow to love.
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This baby room from Little Crown Interiors has a modern eclectic feel and an effortlessly laid back style, with natural tones, a mix of furniture styles, and lighthearted wall decor like an oversized initial and kid-friendly art.Continue to 2 of 40 below.
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Blogger Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess created a rainbow-tinted ode to joy in this sweet and simple baby room that came together with a few easy DIY touches that anyone could emulate, like multi-colored painted knobs on the changing table storage drawers. A patterned rug with a multi-colored geometric pattern adds a note of sophistication while remaining playful and fun.Continue to 3 of 40 below.
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In this nursery from Dale Blumberg Interiors, classic Cole & Son black-and-white birch tree wallpaper lines the walls to create a storybook feel. An oversized floor lamp and a stuffed giraffe add a touch of whimsy, while a few subtle pops of color on accessories and bedding add warmth to the neutral tones of the room.Continue to 4 of 40 below.
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This colorful, dynamic baby room from Chango & Co. has a modern feel with a retro vibe thanks to the geometric wall treatment in luminous shades of blue, green, and coral. A pale wood crib and arched bentwood bookshelf work beautifully against the refreshing, soft color to create an all-around feel-good space.Continue to 5 of 40 below.
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In this nursery from Erin Williamson Design, medium-toned gray walls have a grounding effect that creates a calming base for an eclectic assortment of whimsical vintage accessories like a wire hot air balloon-shaped chandelier, a thrift store pirate painting, a stuffed animal trophy head, a vintage rocking chair, and a red Persian-style rug. It all adds up to a timeless design that can easily transition into a child's room once the crib is swapped out for a bed.Continue to 6 of 40 below.
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Graphic Black and White
Interior designer Naomi Alon Coe of Little Crown Interiors used a bold, graphic palette of black and white for this contemporary nursery, demonstrating that you don't need color to create a stimulating design, and that there's no reason a nursery can't be just as sophisticated as any other room in the house.Continue to 7 of 40 below.
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In this light and airy neutral-toned baby room in shades of taupe and white, Sissy + Marley Interior Design painted a bold striped ceiling to add just the right amount of playfulness and whimsy. The paint treatment helps to bring the high ceilings down a smidgen to make the room feel more cozy.Continue to 8 of 40 below.
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This old world style nursery from Courtney Davey at Tuft and Trim has tree mural wallpaper and a two-toned palette of soft and dreamy tones of pastel blue and white, creating a soft, dreamy, cloudlike backdrop for a room filled with traditional vintage-style furniture and lighting.Continue to 9 of 40 below.
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This midcentury modern inspired nursery designed by Little Crown Interiors features baby furniture including a crib and changing table with clean lines and rich wood tones that is stylish enough to flow seamlessly with the style of the rest of the house. The room decor is kept neutral and natural, with white walls, metallic accents, and notes of greenery throughout.Continue to 10 of 40 below.
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Australian interior designer Nicole Rosenberg of Liberty Interiors created a fun, modern animal-themed nursery with graphic wallpaper, framed wall art, natural wood accents, and a mix of white, black and gray tones.Continue to 11 of 40 below.
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Hot Pink and Green
This room from The House That Lars Built has saturated Kelly green walls, a vintage yellow and orange light fixture, green-and-white checkered curtains, dark stained wood furniture, a white wingback armchair, and a scene-stealing checkerboard rug in shades of burgundy and scorching hot pink.Continue to 12 of 40 below.
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In this baby room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, a dedicated reading corner includes a comfortable upholstered rocking chair, clear acrylic book display wall shelving, a stuffed animal trophy head to define the space, and a faux zebra rug.Continue to 13 of 40 below.
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To the Moon
This cosmic-inspired baby room from Leclair Decor has a simple neutral palette of black and white, patterned textiles, and framed prints of the moon keeping watch over the crib.Continue to 14 of 40 below.
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The baby room in this Hudson River, NY Colonial from Becca Interiors has a vintage feel, with its printed wallpaper, velvet armchair, and aged palette of muted yellows and browns.Continue to 15 of 40 below.
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Room to Grow
This spacious baby room from Chango & Co. was designed to grow with the child. The designers chose black-and-white wallpaper that creates a dynamic feel, a modern changing table will easily transition into a dresser, installed a gallery wall of graphic prints, and added a row of low-slung shelving that is perfect for toys now but will last throughout childhood once the toys have been swapped out.Continue to 16 of 40 below.
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This baby room from Kim Gordon Designs looks like a jungle book come to life, with walls covered in vividly illustrated wild animals and lush flora. Natural wood and rattan furniture are a perfect complement that keeps the focus on the animals.Continue to 17 of 40 below.
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Pink and Orange
The salmon pink ceiling in this nursery from Christina Kim Interior Design creates a warm rosy glow while a bright orange sideboard and geometric pattern rug add punch. The Venetian mirror is the kind of timeless investment piece that will become a signature element of the room as it changes and grows with the child.Continue to 18 of 40 below.
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Cathie Hong Interiors used a soothing palette of green, white, and natural wood tones to create this comfortable modern nursery. Wallpaper sketched with woodland creatures, framed palm prints hanging over the crib, a patterned rug, a comfy armchair, and a bear-shaped hamper add just the right touch of whimsy while maintaining a serene and airy feel.Continue to 19 of 40 below.
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This nursery from Mindy Gayer Design Co. sticks to a neutral palette of creamy shades of white and soft shades of black to create a serene gender-neutral feel. Plenty of textural elements add softness and interest, from the pompom wall hanging to the round Moroccan rug.Continue to 20 of 40 below.
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Light and Bright
This light and airy nursery from Chango & Co. has a white-on-white aesthetic that is calming and easy on the eyes. Textural and colorful accents like a neon yellow wall sconce add warmth and personality. Keeping the overall baby room white allows you to make small changes that have a big impact without renovating the entire space as the baby changes and grows.Continue to 21 of 40 below.
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In this cheerful baby room from Little Crown Interiors, multi-colored confetti wallpaper covers the walls, providing a rainbow of accent color choices to pull from when decorating the rest of the room that can be changed up when the room needs a refresh without starting from scratch.Continue to 22 of 40 below.
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One approach to decorating a nursery is to keep the design consistent with the rest of your home's decor, maintaining a sense of cohesion that also makes it easier to adapt the room as time passes. In this coastal baby room from Chango & Co., white painted shiplap walls, a curvy overstuffed armchair, light wood crib, and natural woven elements create a fresh and calming space for babies and parents alike.Continue to 23 of 40 below.
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Bubble Gum Pink
This theatrical nursery from Forbes + Masters embraces the power of pink, from the bubblegum pink ceiling to the curtains, rug, and bedding. Hints of dark gold add a royal touch, and contrasting gray calms things down a bit.
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This compact nursery from Cathie Hong Interiors sticks to a clean neutral palette of whites and grays, with pale wood accents, and a few graphic touches on the alphabet rug and illustrated wallpaper, to keep it interesting and playful.Continue to 25 of 40 below.
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This baby room from The House That Lars Built has pale robin's egg blue walls, a floating sailboat suspended from the ceiling, and a hand-painted pear tree and little red bird mural in an unexpected corner, the stuff of childhood dreams.Continue to 26 of 40 below.
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Blogger Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess added boho design touches to this free-spirited nursery design, with its patterned rug and wallpaper, colorful wall hanging, Moroccan leather pouf, and a tall wicker giraffe keeping watch by the window.Continue to 27 of 40 below.
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In this clean, modern nursery from Little Crown Interiors, a palette of black, white, and gray is softened with pale wood furniture and a touch of greenery. A matte black accent wall adds depth to the room and creates a soothing backdrop for a gallery wall above the crib, giving the smart contemporary baby room a surprisingly cozy feel.Continue to 28 of 40 below.
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Hand Painted Mural
In this Queens, NYC garden apartment baby room from AHG Interiors, a hand-painted mural featuring animals and hot air balloons adds whimsy and enchantment to an otherwise cookie cutter space.Continue to 29 of 40 below.
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In this twins' nursery from Forbes + Masters, wrap-around forest scene wallpaper creates a storybook atmosphere that adds whimsy to the neutral-toned space.Continue to 30 of 40 below.
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This baby room from Mel Bean Interiors uses a play of patterns from the wallpapered ceiling to the rug and bedding, while graphic black accents on the windows and around the ceiling border add graphic interest, and a black teepee and tassel wall hanging over the crib adds playfulness.Continue to 31 of 40 below.
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In this baby room from Mindy Gayer Design Co., a taupe and gray palette includes bold horizontal striped wallpaper, a weathered wood crib and matching storage cubbies, plenty of soft textiles, and pale blue accents to freshen it up.Continue to 32 of 40 below.
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This traditional style nursery from Jules Interiors has a tonal palette of pale gray walls and complementary silvery accents like framed art and a vintage style mirror, while elegant drapery and comfortable furnishings give the baby room a soigné feel.Continue to 33 of 40 below.
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Blue and White
This spacious nursery from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has soft blue-and-white printed wallpaper, white textiles, and a baby-sized table and chairs that will come in handy for playtime as the child grows.Continue to 34 of 40 below.
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In this sunny nursery from McCall Dulkys of Interiors By McCall, coral paint on the wainscotting, a natural wood crib, and a tall fate-tempting cactus give the room an easy breezy Southwestern-inspired feel that feels fresh and modern.Continue to 35 of 40 below.
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Brown and White and Animal All Over
In this animal-themed baby room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, animal-themed art, wall sconces, rugs, and toys create a nursery jungle atmosphere rendered in calming sepia tones of brown and white.Continue to 36 of 40 below.
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This neutral-toned baby room from Leclair Decor has an airy, feminine feel, with soft gold printed wallpaper, a tall vase of branches, and a white feathered juju hat decorating the wall above the crib.Continue to 37 of 40 below.
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This minimalist nursery from Cathie Hong Interiors features soft shades of white and furniture with clean, simple lines. But the designer added quiet decorative accents that warm the space, such as framed illustrations, wood toys, and a pink table lamp on the changing table.Continue to 38 of 40 below.
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This simple nursery from The Posh Home features wainscotting painted dark navy around the lower half of the room, graphic patterned wallpaper on top, and a framed giraffe print hanging over the crib.Continue to 39 of 40 below.
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In this baby room from interior Claire Staszak of Centered by Design, dark floral wallpaper in shades of black, pink, and red, crisp white paint, elegant furniture and lighting, and framed ballerina art above the crib creates a sophisticated and refined nursery feel.
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Sissy + Marley Interior Design carved an adorable book nook out of a corner of this NYC baby room. A whimsical toy trophy head mounted on the wall defines the space, wall-mounted shelving displays books, and two tiny stools stand by waiting for baby to grow tall enough to use them while looking adorable in the meantime.