12 Totally Adorable (And Actually Chic) Ways To Decorate Your Baby's Nursery

You're going to have many late nights in this room, so it needs to look cute.

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Fact: It's never too early to appreciate good design. Your baby may not care what their room looks like, which means it's one of the last times you can call all the shots, before they hit that threenager stage and have opinions on everything. Pastels are a classic, but there's so much more you can do with a nursery to make it stylish, fun, and functional.

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Try Some Stencils

Use stenciled wallpaper (or even try out your #skillz and paint them on yourself) for a whimsical wall covering. This room's animal theme makes it feel like a circus — especially when combined with the tented mobile.

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Use Whimsical Bins

We'd be lying if we said we didn't actually want this cat bin in our rooms. All the cute feels.

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Create A Nature-Inspired Nursery

Forget the blues and pinks and go with a nature-inspired scene for your nursery wall. The lush trees feel calm and soothing, and look ethereal when light reflects off them. Bonus: Green does look gorge when paired with pops of light pink.

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Add Ombré Detail

Get creative with your baby's changing table and dresser. This DIY ombré dresser gives the white nursery an extra pop of color and looks stylish enough to grow with your baby.

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Choose A Cool Mobile

Sweet dreams are made of adorable tiny wooden sailboats. It adds character without skewing totally cutesy.

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Valerie Legere
Put Up A Gallery Wall

Adding a gallery wall is a fun way to showcase family photos and your fave art. Pro tip: Save money on prints by framing interesting fabrics or wrapping paper.

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Heather Kincaid
Paint A Cool Pattern

These soft pink-and-white striped walls add just enough interest to the nursery without being too overwhelming. Keep the rest of the decor simple and neutral, so the room feels like a relaxed retreat.

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Stephanie Godfrey
Get Colorful With The Crib

Your crib doesn't have to be plain white or wood. In this vintage-inspired nursery, the gold crib adds a touch of glam.

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Go For Bold Paint

Don't be afraid to play around with color. This nursery utilizes bright, vibrant paints, but keeps the rest of the wall bright so it still feels light.

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Look Up

Instead of covering the walls (and risk stains and wear and tear as your baby gets older), add wallpaper to the ceiling. It draws your eye up and is an unexpected twist on the space.

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Ashleigh Taylor
Try Decals

Applying fun decals to the wall is an inexpensive and commitment-free way to add some visual interest to the room. In this bright and modern nursery, adorable cat decals line the wall where the crib is placed.

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Kelly Stuart
Make Your Own Crib Pelmet

Put a creative twist on a canopy with fabric, batting, and plywood. Just make sure the pelmet is safely anchored to the wall, and the CPSC recommends that a crib be placed three feet away from any drapery.

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