13 Baby Nursery Ideas to Inspire Your Planning
Pregnancy can feel like a nine-month roller coaster. You may be so excited about your new addition but not in love with common symptoms like morning sickness, indigestion, frequent urination, and mood swings. But there's another one that's a bit more fun: nesting, or that sudden urge to get things done and prepare a space for your child. The nesting instinct is why you may find yourself using every 3 a.m. bathroom break to scroll for just one more baby nursery idea on Pinterest, Instagram, or TikTok.
Even if you're preparing to room-share with your baby at first, brainstorming baby nursery decor ideas isn't a waste of time. That's because a nursery is more than a sleep space. It can be a spot — a whole room, or just a corner — to retreat to for a quiet feeding or tummy time session. It's where you and your baby will create early memories as you figure one another out. And the right baby nursery ideas for your baby room can make that space extra special.
As helpful as social media can be, though, it can also be overwhelming. There are tons of nursery ideas and baby room ideas, and it can be hard to narrow down your favorites, especially with everything else you're doing to get ready for your little one. Allow us to streamline it for you with these 13 baby nursery decor ideas. From an accent wall and furniture inspiration to smaller touches that can bring warmth to your baby's future space, you're sure to find a baby nursery idea that'll inspire you. (Bonus: these pics will fire up your imagination, whether you're looking for baby boy nursery ideas or baby girl nursery ideas.)
Baby Nursery Idea: Dramatic Lighting
You're likely hoping lights-out time is drama free. But statement-making lighting such as large chandeliers, including this Q&S Boho Chandelier Wood Beaded Ceiling Light Fixture ($59), add a unique element to a streamlined nursery. Neon signs displaying your wishes for your child, like this Dream Big neon sign ($110), are a fun alternative to framed artwork or stick-on murals, which can be a challenge to remove when you transition your babe to a big-kid room.
Baby Nursery Idea: Vintage Touches
A dresser that looks like it was passed down through generations — but was actually purchased on Amazon, like this Linsy Home Dresser ($600) — adds Victorian-era flare to this nursery. Small details such as the classic-looking Jellycat's Stuffed Bunny ($25) and a small embroidered piece punch up the sweetness. But they also serve a functional purpose: entertaining the baby during diaper changes, which get even more fun as the little human becomes more mobile.
Baby Nursery Idea: Bright Accent Wall
Recently, nursery styles have leaned so heavily into gray and beige that a hybrid has formed "greige." A bright accent wall brings an element of interest to the room. Putting it behind the baby's crib brings focus to the nursery's centerpiece (and primary function).
Baby Nursery Idea: Rainbow Bright
Bohemian rainbows are having a much-needed moment, and are easy enough to achieve, with simple decor like a Rainbow Wall Hanging ($16) . But this nursery puts a fun, sparkling twist on rainbows with a bright, glittering accent perfect for celebrating a rainbow baby or just pops of color. If you prefer a more muted palette (and prefer to hold off on glitter as long as possible), these Polka Dot Wall Decals ($30) make a more subtle, boho-aligned statement.
Baby Nursery Idea: Noteworthy Carpeting
Parents-to-be place a ton of emphasis on walls, bedding, and furniture when designing a nursery — and for good reasons. But the floor is a perfect spot to make a statement. Black and white polka dots, like this Safavieh Kids Collection rug ($128), feel fresh and classic at the same time.
Baby Nursery Idea: Bohemian Charm
This nursery exudes whimsical charm at every turn. The framed bunny artwork, similar to these Sweet Jojo Designs Wall Art Prints ($30), is so sweet. Ditto for the teddy bear and starry-night wall decals — these Wall Stickers ($11) are in line with the look. But the charming play tent takes center stage — and likely will for years of fun to come. Snag a similar style with this West Elm Kids Gathre Play Tent ($215).
Baby Nursery Idea: Montessori-Inspired Touches
Blame the Lovevery toy kits, but Montessori is having a moment. Inspired by the century-old approach that emphasizes respect and independence for a child, a Montessori space grows with a child. Floor beds are a staple in Montessori rooms, including during babyhood, but you can always transition your little to one like this Finka Floor Platforms Bed ($280). In the meantime, a minimalist motif and simple playthings like these Marlowe & Co Stacking Cups ($15) in natural hues set the stage for playtime.
Baby Nursery Idea: I Love You to the Moon
Like the classic Amelia Hepworth bedtime story, this nursery leans into nighttime with sweet starry-night decals. It's an inexpensive way to add a little character to a room. You can find similar decals for under $15 on Amazon, like these Moon and Stars Wall Decal Vinyl Stickers ($11).
Baby Nursery Idea: Handmade Details
Hand-stitched details passed down from generations or made by you or a loved one feel so personal in a baby's nursery. Not crafty and lack heirlooms? Etsy is a logical go-to, and Amazon has a baby shop full of handmade items, too.
Baby Nursery Idea: Authentic Kid's Artwork
Another way to add homemade details to a nursery? Child artwork. Hanging an older sibling's pieces from school or daycare is a great way to get an older sibling to be involved and excited about their new friend.
Baby Nursery Idea: Go, Go, Go
Whether you already have a bucket list of trips to take with a baby or not, planes, trains, and automobiles make classic additions to a nursery. A wooden train set like the Wondertoys Wooden Train Cars ($21) will be fun for your child to play with as they grow — and until then, you can decorate them with the seasons, circling them with fairy lights in the winter and placing a few sprigs of flowers in one of the open cars in the spring.
Baby Nursery Idea: Large Tree Wall Decals
Even small, multipurpose spaces can have a big impact. Whether the nursery is a stand-alone room or doubles as your home office, a jazzy wall decal can break up a space and draw attention to a focal point, This Decalmile Green Tree Wall Sticker ($18) feels stylish, regardless of which way the wind is blowing.