Nursery room ideas: 19 creative baby room styles to inspire

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

Nursery room ideas
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Looking for nursery room ideas?  What an exciting time! Is there anything more joyous than decorating a nursery?! Deciding on a color scheme, picking our furniture, putting the prettiest books and toys on display are just a few of the things that make this project feel so special. After all, a nursery is a space where you can get truly creative and design the most imaginative room in your home.

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 baby room ideas – and our well-tested advice – to get your design just right. 

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

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

(Image credit: Covet House)

A neutral nursery with pops of color is a great way to create a space that can grow as they do. Keeping the backdrop simple and adding in color will mean you aren't constantly repainted as they get older and their tastes start to change. This is a fab look if you are wanting to create a gender-neutral nursery too.

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

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

(Image credit: Hibou Home)

If you are a sucker for the baby pinks and blues that are the go-to colors for nurseries, why not give these color 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 color schemes for kids' rooms and check out our girls' nursery ideas gallery too. 

3. Create a Scandi nursery with a white colour scheme

Scandi nursery ideas by The White Company.

(Image credit: The White Company)

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 ambiance 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 Scandinavian bedroom ideas.

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

colourful nursery mural by Murals Wallpaper

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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 colors for a contemporary, fun, feel, and don't be afraid to experiment with eye-catching patterns – a mural will help to create a graphic centerpiece. 

See the latest mural design ideas for every room in your home.

5. Enjoy a pastel nursery decorating scheme

pastel nursery design idea by Crown Paints

(Image credit: Crown Paints)

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 feature wall ideas in our design gallery.

6. Embrace pink nursery room ideas

pink nursery design ideas

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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 ideas in our gallery.

7. Mix and match wallpaper and paint

nursery wallpaper by Sanderson

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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-colored design. 

See lots more gorgeous wallpapers for children's rooms.

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

nursery curtains by Scion

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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 color scheme isn't too crazy, an abundance of prints will look cozy and cute. 

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

yellow nursery design idea by Valspar

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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.

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 wonderful window film ideas will give you plenty of inspiration.

nursery window film for privacy, by The Window Film Company

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11. Accessorise a nursery with wall art

nursery wall art ideas by Born Lucky

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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. 

12. Create a fairytale atmosphere with a mural

Child's nursery with cot bed and painted wall mural

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Delight your new baby with a riot of color and texture, turning the nursery into a fairytale landscape with a mural. They come in a wide variety of patterns and colors, from bright and bold to more neutral palettes to photo-realistic scenes. You could of course paint you own too!

13. Have fun decorating with nursery wall stickers

nursery wall stickers from Happy Decs

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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. 

14. Colour block for a multi-dimensional effect

pastel nursery design idea from Dulux

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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.

15. Pick our the right nursing chair

nursing chair in a nursery

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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.

16. Invest in a good nursery storage unit 

nursery storage ideas

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

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

17. Choose nursery furniture that suits your style 

wooden cot in a Nursery from Pottery Barn

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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.

18. Design a sleek nursery storage solution

contemporary nursery by skandium

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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 in our buyer's guide.

19. Add cosiness with a canopy 

Nursery with faux fur accessories by Icon

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Canopies are all over Instagram at the moment, and they are a lovely thing to add to a kid's room. The look great and add some texture and cosiness to the room, but they also are good for creating the perfect nap space and even a den as your child gets older. 

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Sophie Warren-Smith
Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 18 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie has a passion for flowers and colour and has recently launched an online styling course, Style with Blooms.