15 Creative Nursery Wall Ideas

Baby room interior with crib near color wall
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An empty nursery is like a blank canvas. While some people might be excited by the prospect of letting their imagination run wild, others may not be sure where to start when it comes to color palettes, stencils, or accents. But don't fear: With a little inspiration, you can create almost anything.


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If you need a creative boost to be able to properly visualize your nursery, check out these show-stopping, DIY nursery wall ideas. Whether you're more pulled toward textures like wood accents or intricate patterning, you'll be sure to relate to at least one element of these wall designs.

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    Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

    Rustic wood accent wall
    Bower Power

    Bring rich, rustic appeal to your nursery with the worn textures of reclaimed wood. Not so handy with a power tool? Get a similar look with authentic-looking, peel and stick paneling.

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    Stone Accent Wall

    Faux stone accent wall
    Project Nursery

    Made using lightweight, faux-stone brinks, a texture-rich accent wall makes an ideal focal point for a nature-themed nursery

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    Sharpie Accent Wall

    Sharpie accent wall
    Preparing for Peanut

    Want a beautiful, patterned accent wall without the cost and effort of wallpapering? You won’t believe what a clever mama can do with a ruler and couple of Sharpies!

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    Library Wall

    Library wall
    Elizabeth Sullivan Designs

    If you’re looking for beautiful, inexpensive nursery art, look no further than your favorite storybooks! By installing simple, DIY book ledges, you can transform an empty wall into a colorful gallery featuring all your favorite titles. Don’t forget to add a cozy reading space where you and your little one can share a good book.

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    Magnetic Letter Wall

    Alphabet play wall
    Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration

    A handcrafted alphabet wall is as eye-catching as it is educational. Want to bump up the fun factor? Paint the wall with magnetic paint, and glue magnets to the back of each letter for hours of interactive, alphabet play.

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    Car-Themed Feature Wall

    Car-themed accent wall

    Mini Matchbox cars and magnetic paint also make for playful wall décor. Create a simple roadway or a whole village.

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    Music Mural

    Music mural

    Does your little one put a song in your heart? Why not put that song on the wall! It’s an elegant and inexpensive way to make a meaningful statement in the nursery. 

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    Galaxy Wall

    Galaxy mural
    Lemondrop Life

    A hand-painted, galaxy wall featuring simple, sewing-hoop planets couldn’t be more adorable! 

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    Easy Mountain Mural

    Mountain mural
    Wills Casa

    Dreaming of a nursery room with a view? Try recreating a bold and beautiful mountain range using the incredibly helpful tutorial by Wills Casa. 

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    Paint-by-Number Wall Mural

    Paint by number mural
    Honest to Nod

    Not much of an artist? That doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful, vintage-inspired wall mural! All you need is an old-fashioned paint-by-numbers kit, a projector and a little patience.

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    Chalk-Paint Mural

    Chalk wall
    Kristen & Dave

    As beautiful as they can be, nursery murals are not the best of investments. Looking for something with a little more staying power? Instead of paying a fortune for a hand-painted mural, use chalkboard paint to create an artistic accent wall, and hire an art student to draw something up using a chalk-paint pen. (These semi-permanent markers look like chalk but won’t rub off without chemical treatment.) When your child outgrows the mural, simply clean the wall, and invite them to decorate their own space. 

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    Map Mural

    Map mural
    Apartment Therapy

    Bring a sense of wonder and adventure to your nursery with a beautiful, mural-sized wall map. You can pick up a map pictured above from the National Geographic Store for just $99.95. For a finished look, try framing your map with a wood-trim frame. 

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    Tasteful Tapestries

    Constellation mural
    Restoration Hardware

    Tapestries are making comeback! These warm and texture-rich fabric hangings make for fabulous feature walls when hung behind a bed or crib.

    You can find beautiful options at Restoration Hardware for around $599. Looking for a budget-friendly option? Pick up an inexpensive rug and transform it into a wall-mounted tapestry.

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    Framed Wallpaper Panels

    Wallpaper panels

    Pretty panels bring a touch of playful pattern and color to a simple and sophisticated nursery space. 

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    Wood Trim Molding

    Wood moulding accent wall
    Infarrantly Creative

    A little woodwork can make a dramatic difference to your nursery space and for less than you might imagine. A stunning, DIY feature wall could cost only $115 and a day’s work to make! Get a full tutorial from Infarrantly Creative.