5 Baby Nursery Ideas To Inspire

One of the most exciting things for new parents to do is to design and style their baby’s nursery. From picking a theme, to choosing the perfect rocking chair, it is important to get these things right. After all, it is the room in the home that you will likely be spending a lot of time in (we're sure parents out there can attest to this). While preparing to welcome your newest addition into the world sure does require a lot of planning and appointments, designing your baby’s nursery is something that can be a fun distraction and thing to do while waiting for your baby’s arrival. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our top 5 baby nursery ideas to inspire you, along with some advice from Sarré, Founder of Her Hands, to help bring your nursery design to the next level.

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1. Choose a theme

Just like at a party or special event, it’s fun to have a theme involved to create a cohesive and memorable style. By picking out elements, décor or furniture that are aligned with a certain theme, it makes the planning and shopping process less overwhelming. The theme of the nursery can be just the thing that brings a sense of magic and imagination into the room. Although the idea of a theme screams bold and over-the-top, it doesn’t have to be. We love themes that are timeless and that can hopefully grow with the baby, such as a neutral theme. Other theme ideas could be boho, jungle/palm, a certain colour (e.g. pink!), coastal or Australiana. And, of course, you can mix and match themes to suit your taste and vision for the room.

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“For neutral nurseries, we love seeing pieces that make a textural statement against a classic base of muted tones – accent pieces that can then move to other areas of the home once your little one has grown.”

- Sarré, Founder of Her Hands

Neutral Nursery created by The French Folk on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Australiana Nursery created by The Whole Room on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Neutral Palm Nursery created by Demé Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

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2. Use a wall decal, wall hanging or wallpaper

To make a statement and bring some colour into the nursery, opt for some wallpaper. The wonderful thing about wallpaper is that you can likely find it in the perfect pattern that aligns to your chosen theme. From florals, to gingham and palm trees, the options are endless. It is also a wall option that can be changed more easily than paint, which is useful when the time comes to transition the nursery into a kid’s room. Another great option is a wall decal or wall hanging, which can add an instant element of fun, excitement and imagination. 

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Image Credit: Boho Art & Styling. View products on Style Sourcebook here.

Floral Nursery created by Kloie on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Image Credit: Kloie

3. Invest in a comfy rocking chair

As you will be spending a lot of time in this room (maybe even more than the baby), it is important to invest in a comfy rocking chair that will last through all those late-night feeds. Go for a rocking chair that you like the look of, find comfortable and that fits the room well. We love a neutral rocking chair as it will go with any theme or style you have chosen, however going for a colour can also be fun. And, don’t forget a leg rest (if it doesn’t already come with the chair).

Boho Nursery created by labouroflovereno on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Natural Nursery created by Sisu Styling on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

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4. Bring warmth into the room

The most vital feeling that one should experience when entering the nursery is comfort and warmth, as this what you want the baby to feel in their room. By adding elements of texture, such as a shaggy rug, fluffy ottoman or warm lighting through pendants, the room will feel cosy and inviting. These elements would work best with in a neutral or warm palette to create this sense of warmth.

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“There are so many beautiful muted tones that are popular at the moment and provide the perfect canvas for a neutral nursery. We love seeing these then layered with pops of pattern and texture - whether it’s a shaggy rug, or statement lighting – to bring warmth to your little one’s space.”

- Sarré, Founder of Her Hands

Neutral Rattan Nursery created by Home Of Ollivier on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Warm Neutral Nursery created by Toni Kelly Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

5. Incorporate furniture that can be repurposed

As you have probably already guessed, we love things that can be easily transferrable and are easy to swap in and out. It can be both a great money saving and design idea to opt for furniture that can be repurposed in other rooms or for when your baby grows. By choosing furniture that isn’t necessarily just for a nursery, it can last much longer and be repurposed in other ways once the nursery is no longer needed or is a kid’s room instead. This could be done by picking a dresser with a changing basket on top (instead of a changing table) or a neutral side table or mirror that doesn’t give the impression of ‘nursery only’.

Image Credit: Liberty Interiors

Summer Nursery created by Dilly Shack on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Muted Pink Nursery created by Flawless Interiors on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.