18 Budget-Friendly Nursery Ideas

Large nursery room with small patterned accent wall covered with budget-friendly decor

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

When it comes to nurseries these days, less is often more—good news for those of us on a tight budget. But in a time where clean, simple spaces are winning the day, how do you make your nursery stand out? What is the difference between a so-so nursery and a so-chic nursery, and just how much does that difference cost?

Usually, it comes down to a single element or two—a stunning accent wall or statement-making accessory that brings all the style, glamor, and drama to the design. But while a fancy wallpaper print or eye-catching focal piece can make your design, it can also blow your budget, leaving little to spend on necessities.

Want to amp up the drama in your design for less? You will need to get creative. These amazingly clever, budget-friendly nursery ideas offer all of the glam of a professionally decorated nursery space without the hefty price tag.

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    Washi Cross Wall

    Washi Cross Accent Wall for black and white nursery room
    Everything Emily

    Whether you are renting your space or working with a tight budget, Washi tape can work decorating miracles. It goes on easy and comes off clean, and with dozens of colors and patterns to choose from, the possibilities are practically limitless. Need proof? Just look at this stunning Washi-tape accent wall designed by a military mom (she has become a temporary decor genius) Emily of Everything Emily. Chic, modern, and totally temporary, it is the perfect alternative to pricy, permanent wallpaper.

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    Ice-Cream Dream

    Sweet treat themed girl's room with washi tape wall decor
    Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville/ Pinterest

    This budget-friendly Pinterest find is a sweet as its theme. Use brightly colored strips of washi tape to create this adorable sprinkle accent wall. The cherry on top? You will have more than enough money left over for treats.

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    Candy Stripe Washi Wall

    Colorful kids room with washi tape accent wall
    Ann Kelle

    Just when you think you have seen the limits of what washi tape can do, another clever DIYer takes a design risk that pays off in a big way. This show-stopping, candy-striped accent wall, featured on Design Dazzle, is made entirely of—you guessed it—washi tape. Bright, budget-friendly, and totally removable, it’s a great option for a nursery or kid’s room.

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    Technicolor Dream Room

    White nursery with bright, colored accents

    Nervous about the time and money involved in painting your little one’s nursery? Why not keep things simple and dress up an all-white space with a rainbow of colorful accessories. This bright and cheery toddler room posted to LiveJournal by Nicety proves that a little bit of color can go a long way, creating a clean and contemporary effect that’s anything but dull.

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    Simple Crib Canopy

    Crib canopy with fairy lights
    Home with Lo

    A crib canopy is a great way to boost your design without breaking the bank. Suspended from three wall-mounted brackets, this gauzy fabric canopy from Home with Lo features a string of twinkling fairy lights for baby to enjoy at night. Too cute! 

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    Frame Your Space

    Vintage Girl's Nursery with shabby chic accent wall
    Project Nursery

    Looking for inexpensive wall décor? Look no further than your local thrift store. A collection of second-hand frames painted in soft pastels and mounted to the wall above the crib make for a beautiful wall display in this pretty vintage girl’s room featured on Project Nursery.  

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    Sponge Paint Polkadots

    DIY sponge-paint polka-dot accent wall

    These inexpensive and easy-to-recreate sponge-paint polka dots bring a shower of color to a simple white space. Going dotty over this look? All you need is a few kitchen sponges, some paint, and this detailed photo tutorial by OhOh.

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    Metallic Gold Decal

    Elegant grey and white nursery with shower of golden polka-dot decals
    Project Nursery

    A dusting of metallic gold decals adds a touch of glam to this sweet, feminine nursery space featured on Project Nursery. Inexpensive, easy to install, and even easier to remove, polka-dot decals add all the bang of a print accent wall for way less buck.

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    Sharpie Wall

    Modern grey and yellow nursery with DIY chevron sharpie pen accent wall
    Preparing for Peanut

    If you feel you cannot afford chic patterned wallpaper, then go buy a Sharpie. According to Becky, the multi-talented mom and blogger behind “Preparing for Peanut(s),” this gorgeous, tribal-themed accent wall took just a few hours to make. The cost? A whopping $5. Sharpie Paint Pens come in multiple sizes and colors and can be purchased at your local craft store. You can even buy metallic pens, which are perfect for adding a little glam to your project. 

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    Herringbone Accent Wall

    Navy and coral nursery with herringbone accent wall
    View from the Fridge

    Lack a steady hand? You can still create your own one-of-a-kind patterned accent wall using paint and some carefully placed masking tape. This gorgeous herringbone wall created by Katie of View from the Fridge is a paint-and-peel beauty. Simply lay out the pattern with tape, paint over it, and peel it off for swoon-worthy results. For more tips, including Katie’s secret must-have product for creating clean tape lines, see the full tutorial.

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    Washi Tape Mountain Mural

    Modern black and white bedroom with washi tape mountain mural
    Kimberley Shaw-Goss/Pinterest

    If you prefer a more whimsical wall mural but do not have the time and money to invest in a full-scale art project, consider getting creative with a little bit of washi tape. This washi-tape mountain range spotted on Pinterest adds the perfect touch to a clean and modern boy’s room.

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    Charming Washi Village Mural

    Washi Tape village nursery wall decor

    A cozy reading corner featured on Terrafemina gets an imaginative update with a charming row on tiny washi-tape houses.

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    Magic Carpet

    Simple, boho nursery with minimal decor and colorful rug
    Megan Welker/ Glitter Guide

    Need a quick and easy way to dress up a plain-Jane space? Make a statement with a beautiful patterned rug. A colorful, hand-woven wool rug channels a desert sunset, bringing Southwestern charm to this simple, Boho design nursery space spotted on Glitter Guide

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    Paper Flower Mural

    Blush pink and white swan nursery with paper flower accent wall
    Glitter Guide

    A dramatic bouquet of gorgeous paper flowers makes for a stunning focal point in this soft, chic, and ultra-feminine nursery featured on Palm Beach Lately. Want to create your own beautiful 3D paper wall art? Check out this detailed tutorial from The Sway.

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    Chalkboard Wall

    Pink and black girl's room with chalkboard accent wall
    Helen Sturesson

    Who doesn’t love chalkboard paint? A quick coat can transform a boring, empty wall into a fun and imaginative canvas and all for the cost of a single can of paint. This laid-back, play-focused space created by Helen Sturesson and featured on Paul and Paula boasts a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard wall, which stands in stylish contrast to the room’s pale pink and white palette.

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    Cozy Canopy Corner

    Cozy canopy tent reading corner in pink and grey nursery room

    Stylish_Bump/ Instagram

    Inexpensive and easy to install, a canopy tent, like the one featured in this beautiful nursery, makes a dramatic difference to a space. It adds color and texture while creating a functional area for your little one to enjoy. Need to save a few bucks? Make your own

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    Tribal Nursery Accent

    Tribal nursery with arrow accent wall
    I Spy DIY

    You’ll love this cheap and easy DIY idea! This on-point arrow wall, created by Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY, also makes use of the masking tape paint-and-peel method. Outline your design in tape, paint over the top, and then remove the tape to reveal your tribal print masterpiece.

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    Focal Prints

    Oversized wall prints in sweet bunny-themed nursery
    Project Nursery

    Oversized wall prints, like the cute bunny portraits featured in this sweet neutral space from Project Nursery, are turning out to be a definite trend for 2018. While some of these prints can be costly, you can easily get the same look by framing inexpensive posters or printing your own digital downloads at your local print shop.