Nursery room ideas: 18 brilliant baby room ideas

Looking for nursery room ideas is exciting, and it’s a room you'll spend many hours in during those first few years, so it’s worth getting right from the beginning...

Nursery room ideas: and child's bedroom by Ikea
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Looking for nursery room ideas? You're no doubt in good company with Harry and Meghan's royal baby due soon. Whether or not you want to wait to find out what gender your baby is or already know, the main thing is that a nursery should be both fun and functional – but you should also remember that how your child and you use the bedroom will change quickly, so its decor will need to be easy to update, too. Check out these ideas – and our well-tested advice – to get your baby's nursery design just right. After all, we don't all have a right royal budget.

For practical advice, find out how to design a nursery and for more bedroom ideas head over to bedroom ideas feature. 

1. Choose a neutral nursery room idea with pops of colour

We know that Meghan's Markle's Toronto house was packed full of gorgeous neutrals with pops of colours, so we think this beautiful nursery designed by Covet House will be a popular room scheme choice for the new royal baby – and we love its gender-neutral looks, too. Find a similar Mid-century cot at West Elm. Find a similar HNNHOME Lounge retro rocking chair at Amazon.

Baby's nursery by Covet house with cot and chair in nursery design ideas

(Image credit: Covet House)

2. Go for a muted version of the classic pink nursery room idea

If you are a sucker for the baby pinks and blues that are the go-to colours for nurseries, why not give these colour schemes an update with contemporary, muted paint shades? Think duck-egg variations of blue and dusty, barely-there pinks. Still sweet, but with a contemporary twist. 

Be inspired by more paint colour schemes for kids' rooms.

nursery wallpaper in pale rose, HH01201, £59.95 per roll, Hibou Home.

Starry Sky wallpaper in pale rose, HH01201, £59.95 per roll, Hibou Home

(Image credit: Hibou Home)

3. Create a Scandi nursery with a white colour scheme

Want at least the illusion of peace and tranquility in the nursery? Nothing beats a classic all-white scheme for its ability to hold a room together and create an easy-going, Scandi ambience that's so easy to update. A contrasting floor will prevent the room from looking washed out. 

Want to match the look in your own room? Don't miss these Scandi bedroom design ideas.

Scandi nursery ideas by The White Company.

Classic cot bed, £399, Classic baby changing top, £99, Classic chest of drawers, £499, Sheepskin single rug, £95, Tibetan sheepskin stool, £295, Seagrass small oval company, £45, The White Company

(Image credit: The White Company)

4. Create this fun nursery room idea with graphic wallpaper patterns

It's amazing how quickly a baby's room becomes a toddler's bedroom and play space, so why not decorate it with the future in mind? Choose bright, bold colours for a contemporary, fun, feel, and don't be afraid to experiment with eye-catching patterns – a mural will help to create a graphic centrepiece. 

See the latest mural designs for every room in your home.

colourful nursery mural by Murals Wallpaper

Alfie mini two seat sofa in tutti frutti caterpillar, £390,, multi coloured zig zag wall mural, £36 per m2, Murals Wallpaper, Hummingbird matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth, Trumpet absolute matt emulsion, £43 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene Paint Company, all accessories by This Modern Life

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5. Enjoy a pastel nursery decorating scheme

If your nursery is quite small or awkwardly shaped, enhance the space visually by painting one wall in a bright colour, in contrast with an otherwise neutral scheme. This will make the wall an attractive focal feature. Be careful not to use too many colours in a small very small nursery, though, or it will look busy not restful. 

Find out everything you need to know about creating feature walls in our design gallery.

pastel nursery design idea by Crown Paints

Blue Bay non-drip satin finish paint, £16 for 750ml, Beige White coloured matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5 litres, Crown Paints

(Image credit: Crown Paints)

6. Embrace pink nursery room ideas

Like the baby pink shades, but don't want to commit to an all-pink nursery? There's a simple solution: try out one wall in pink, keeping the rest of the decor neutral.

Browse more pretty pink room design ideas in our gallery.

pink nursery design ideas

For a similar pink try Cupcake claypaint, £29.50 for 2.5 litres, Earthborn, and for a similar black flooring, Ocean Teal Tiles, £39.95 per m2, Walls and Floors, Audrey convertible crib, £699, organic half moon crib fitted sheet in rosette, £24, washed Tencel toddler quilt in platinum, £79, all from the West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids Collection

(Image credit: West Elm x Pottery Barn )

7. Mix and match wallpaper and paint

Wallpaper is the easiest way to add a bit of fun and texture to an otherwise plain room; wallpaper also works wonders for cheering up a room that doesn't get enough light – just be sure to pick a light-coloured design. 

See lots more gorgeous wallpapers for children's rooms.

nursery wallpaper by Sanderson

Alphabet Zoo 214026, £46 per roll, (seen on wall and chest of drawers), for a similar wall colour try Minai Blue active emulsion (walls), £43 for 2.5 litres, Silverflake active emulsion (skirtings) £43 for 2.5 litres, Alphabet Zoo quilt, £37 per m, edged in Whitby, £30 per m, Whitby bolster cushion, £30 per m, with piping in Chino, £34 per m, cushion on floor in Whitby and Chino, prices as mentioned, cushion on chair in Alphabet Zoo fabric, prices as mentioned, basket liners in Appledore, £30 per m, all Sanderson

(Image credit: Sanderson)

8. Match wallpaper and curtains – to make the nursery feel bigger

Matching window treatments to walls can work really well in a nursery, where the same rules as the rest of the house don't really apply. So long as your colour scheme isn't too crazy, an abundance of prints will look cosy and cute. 

Discover the right ways to mix and match patterns and plains.

nursery curtains by Scion

April Showers wallpaper, £30 per roll, April Showers fabric, £60 per m, Plains One voiles, £34 per m, Jelly Tot Stripe wallpaper on front of chest of drawers, £30 per roll, Rivi Citrus rug, from £265, cushions from a selection from Guess Who, all Scion

(Image credit: Scion)

9. Choose a warm paint shade in a north-facing nursery

Pastel shades can look a little dull and clinical in rooms that get little light; a good way to compensate for a lack of sunlight is painting your nursery in a sunny and warm shade; think a rich, honeyed yellow or a zesty lemon hue. The bonus? It's gender neutral, too.

Find out how to decorate north-facing rooms to make them feel warm and welcoming.

yellow nursery design idea by Valspar

Royal Mews Gold Valspar Premium Blend v700 walls and ceilings emulsion, £28 for 2.5 litres, B&Q

(Image credit: Valspar)

10. Use window film in ground-floor nurseries

If your nursery is on the ground floor or overlooked, and you want to create a space that is private but still lets in natural light, window film is a great solution. Choose window film types that let in maximum light  – some types let in as much as 90 per cent.

These 10 wonderful window film ideas will give you plenty of inspiration.

nursery window film for privacy, by The Window Film Company

Ourson white printed film, from £30, The Window Film Company

(Image credit: The Window Film Company)

11. Accessorise a nursery with wall art

To add a bit of interest to a neutral nursery decorating scheme without having to DIY, hang a few pretty prints. Easy as pie, and easily swapped when your child gets old enough to choose their own. 

Find out how to hang pictures, art and photos to create a gorgeous gallery wall.

nursery wall art ideas by Born Lucky

London Collection nursery art prints, from £20 each, Born Lucky

(Image credit: Born Lucky)

12. Create a fairytale atmosphere with a mural

Delight your new baby with a riot of colour and texture, turning the nursery into a fairytale landscape with a mural. They come in a wide variety of patterns and colours, from bright and bold, like this one, to more neutral palettes to photo realistic scenes. 

nursery wallpaper from Wallsauce

Dawn wallpaper mural, from £30 per m2, Wallsauce

(Image credit: Wallsauce)

13. Have fun decorating with nursery wall stickers

Want an easy DIY project for the nursery? Get yourself some lovely wall stickers! They take minimum effort, but have lots of impact. Just be aware that taking them off might be harder than putting them on, so be prepared to redecorate eventually. 

nursery wall stickers from Happy Decs

Multi spot wall stickers set, four colours to choose from, £19.99, Happy Decs

(Image credit: Happy Decs )

14. Colour block for a multi-dimensional effect

Why have just one or two colours in a nursery, when more will create added warmth and interest? The trick to colour blocking in a nursery is keeping the tones of the various colours the same (for example, combine warm shades of pink, apricot, and lilac, but avoid anything too cool). That way the room will feel calm and spacious. 

Find out how to colour block with these inspiring ideas.

pastel nursery design idea from Dulux

Jungle Ginger 3 matt emulsion (left), Pink Nevada 5 matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5 litres, both Dulux

(Image credit: Dulux)

15. Accent a nursery with a toy storage shelf

Pick a nursing chair you'll find comfortable now – but can fit into your home's colour scheme in a year or so's time when you no longer need it in your child's room. We're talking washable or removable covers in a neutral, go-with-anything shade. 

Find the best nursing chairs to suit every scheme, style and budget in our guide.

nursing chair in a nursery

We think the Olli Ella Co-Ko Rocker looks good enough to sit in a living room once it's done its work in the nursery. Super comfortable, it's ergonomically designed with extra lumbar support. Available in stain-resistant and water-repellent luxurious micro-suede and a sleek-looking leatherette, and in 18 different colours, it measures H93cm x W62cm x D93cm. Ki-ka pouffe sold separately

(Image credit: Oli EllaCo-Ko Rocker)

16. Invest in a good nursery storage unit 

Invest in a sturdy changing table now – but pick one that has built-in storage that's flexible for the future. It might hold nappies now but it won't be long until you're stashing toys in it. 

Find great kids' room toy storage and book storage to keep the nursery neat.

nursery storage ideas

Little Interiors storage and changing unit, £415.95, Little Interiors convertible cot, £549.95, Urban Avenue

(Image credit: Urban Avenue)

17. Choose nursery furniture that suits your style 

As you've (hopefully) come to discover while reading through our nursery design ideas, designing a room fit for young children doesn't have to mean sacrificing your sense of interior style. 

This Mid-century Convertible Crib from Pottery Barn Kids not only has a distinctly Mid-century feel to it, but has the added benefit of being made from sustainably sourced timber. Complete with geometric patterned sheets and chic wall art.

wooden cot in a Nursery from Pottery Barn

(Image credit: Pottery Barn)

18. Design a sleek nursery storage solution

Designing a nursery that will suit your child as they grow is a good idea if you're looking to save money in the long run. Storage should be central to a nursery intended to stand the test of time. 

We love the sleek and stylish feel of the String Storage System from Skandium, which is perfect for displaying their (ever increasing) selection of toys.

Find more nursery storage solutions in our buyer's guide.

contemporary nursery by skandium

(Image credit: Skandium)

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