101+ Nursery Designs and Ideas

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! (Or your partner is.) Now it is time to make one of the most important decisions regarding your newborn-how to decorate his or her nursery! This will be a space vital to your infant’s growth and development; there are many important elements that must be considered in order to create an ideal nursery.


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FAQs About How To Design A Nursery

What nursery theme should I choose?

When choosing a nursery theme, utilize big, bold patterns. Unfortunately, soft pastels are not the best idea for a nursery, even if these colors may sound soothing.

Research has demonstrated that light and dark contrasting colors are better able for sending strong signals to the baby’s brain in order to stimulate his or her vision.

You don’t have to surround your baby with gender stereotypes. If you want your baby boy to have a pink or purple room- you go for it.

It is important to choose a theme an infant, toddler, child, and teenager can all enjoy. Otherwise, you will be constantly redecorating!

What are the “essential” nursery items?

The most essential nursery item is the crib and all of the crib’s accessories, which include a mattress, mattress cover, and a crib sheet. A nursing chair and pillow are next on the list. Finally, drawers and dressers for easy storage.

What kind of crib?

The crib should be the focal point of the nursery and therefore, the coolest piece of furniture in the room. You can try a modern design for a crib- like an oval. But make sure your crib meets the current government safety standards of slats less than 2-3/8 inches apart, so your baby’s head doesn’t get stuck between them.

What kind of bedding for the crib?

Whatever you do, get a lot of them. Crib fitted sheets are a great way to expand upon the selected nursery theme, but you will need to have plenty of spare sheets around.

Look for bedding that is soft to the touch and 100% cotton, so that it is easy to clean and will keep the baby’s sensitive skin happy.

Crib skirts can contribute to the overall appearance of a crib/nursery, but they are not necessary if you have chosen a more contemporary look.

Wallpaper or paint?

Decorating the walls of a nursery is a great way to enhance your theme. However, special attention should be given to toxicities within wallpaper or paint.

As for paint, look for paint labels stating “zero-Voc”, “no-VOC”, or “VOC-free”. These paints are considered nearly free of carcinogens. In addition, you should choose latex paint over alkyd or oil-based paint.

With wallpaper, the traditional wallpaper known as vinyl wallpaper should not be used as it contains many phthalates. You can look for options that are made with recycled paper or into other healthier options.

How do I set up the changing table?

The changing table is one of the most important pieces of a nursery, but it can be one of the trickiest items to arrange. That is because once a baby is on a changing table, everything MUST be within an arm’s reach.

The changing table should have diapers, wipes, anti-rash cream, changing table covers, a laundry hamper, poop and diaper dispenser, burp clothes, and a pacifier, etc. at an easy reach away. The last thing you would want is to have your baby roll off because you have to quickly step away to grab something.

However, this does NOT mean you have to purchase an actual changing table! A changing table can be created with a changing pad on top of a dresser; this will allow this space to be evolved as your baby grows and it will save you some money.

What kind of furniture should be in the nursery?

Add motion to the nursery in a fun way. Babies like to be rocked to sleep, so think about adding a hanging chair or a contemporary rocker! Make sure to equip the chair with a theme appropriate pillow for nursing time.

Add an area in the nursery for adults. This can consist of a sofa or daybed that an adult can watch over the baby from (or nap on).

Utilize bookshelves, cabinets, and drawers for easy storage space.

Try to select modular furniture that can be used beyond the infant’s first year. Sometimes cribs can be converted into a toddler bed with a toddler rail to prevent babies from climbing out of bed who are not quite ready for a twin bed. This will save you money as your baby becomes a little person!

How should I decorate?

When decorating, don’t forget to utilize the ceiling! You can add bold patterns to the ceiling because this is the area the baby notices most!

Through decorating, fully commit to whatever bold theme you have chosen. You can use elements of this theme to decorate the walls and accessorize.


When creating a safe and practical nursery for your newborn, the following tips should be helpful when taken into consideration:

Theme- Choose a theme that can grow with your child. Can the space be evolved from a nursery to a child’s room? What about a teenager? Think about decorating for the long-term picture and choose a theme accordingly.

Baby proof- Baby proof the room! Your baby will be mobile before you know it. You can baby proof the room by covering any electrical outlets, placing the crib away from any window treatments or cords, storing valuable items on higher shelves, and padding any sharp or hard edges up to the height of a toddler.

Surroundings- When setting up the space for your baby’s crib, consider what might be within an arm’s reach of a toddler and try to remove everything the baby could grab a hold of. Babies are adorably cute, but also destructive.

Going green- Consider going green. Your baby deserves a non-toxic, eco-friendly space while learning and developing. Consider ways you can make your nursery as natural as possible in both décor and cleaning products.

Storage- Create plenty of storage options that are easily accessible while holding a baby.  Cloth bins are a simple storage solution and they can contribute to your theme.

Dresser drawers can be fitted with dividers to keep the baby clothes organized into size, season, age, etc.

Some cribs come equipped with storage or drawers underneath. Bookshelves can also be utilized to hold more than books!

Nightlight- Make sure you don’t forget a nightlight! Nightlights can provide both safety and comfort during late-night feeding sessions. Nightlights can be an adorable addition to your theme, too!

Fabric- Choose fabrics and rugs that are durable and easily cleaned.

Cotton is the most popular fabric for babies because of how easily it can be cleaned.

Bamboo rayon is good for swaddles and blankets because it is both thermal regulating and good for sensitive skin.

Fleece is extremely soft, easy to wash, resists stains and dries quickly.

Gauze is light, breathable, and airy.

Gray is IN. Not only should you choose fabrics that are easily to clean, you should also choose colors that hide stains or dinginess!

Declutter- Don’t clutter the nursery.  There should be plenty of open floor space for the baby to have floor playtime or imagine having your sweet, angelic baby on your shoulder after finally wooing him/her to sleep and then stepping on a misplaced toy.

You will be making a lot of trips back and forth in the middle of the night, so avoid cluttering the nursery and allow for functional storage space.

Flooring- Don’t ignore the floor! Even if the room is already carpeted, consider adding a fun-themed or colorful rug on top (that is also easy to clean and hide stains).

Temperature- Make sure you have a way to regulate the temperature in the nursery. If you live in a warm climate, consider installing a ceiling fan.

A study demonstrated that infants who sleep under a ceiling fan are at a reduced risk of SIDS by 72%.

If the nursery is typically cold, you can consider preheating the infant’s mattress with a hot water bottle or heating pad and letting the sun in during the day.

Toys- It is okay to have toys and books in the nursery, but remember that this space will start as a restful, relaxing area for your infant. Any playpens or bounce chairs that are set up should exist in a more communal space.

Lighting- Add dimmer lighting. This will allow you to adjust the mood of the room as needed and it is simple to install! In addition, avoid any harsh lights or bulbs that might hurt your newborn’s eyes.

Lighting is actually a crucial aspect of a nursery for a newborn. Because the infant will need to take naps throughout the day, the nursery should be equipped with ways to make the nursery “night time” at any point in the day.

This can be done with a heavy curtain or blackout shades.

Personalize- Personalize the room! You might consider adding the baby’s name or initials to pieces of the décor or placing photos of the family throughout the room.

Don’t wait- Don’t wait until the last minute to organize, decorate, or stock up with the necessities. The baby will be here before you know it and the last thing you want to do is be caught as an underprepared new parent!

Good luck and happy child rearing!


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