15 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 be 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 the nursery one of the last times you can call all the shots, before they hit that threenager stage and have opinions on everything. Jokes aside, the nursery is your baby's first home. And the space that welcomes them into the world should boast an inviting, calming, and fun environment full of wonder. Of course, it also needs to be functional and comfortable for the parents. So allow the following fifteen unique nursery ideas, examples, and tips to ease and guide your own decorating process. Classic pastels, unexpected neutrals, and modern interpretations ahead.

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PHOTO: Matthew Williams; DESIGN: Studio DB
Dress Up the Changing Table

Studio DB transformed this corner into a happy, practical changing station by framing it with a cheerful gallery wall , floating shelves, and h animal mount. Opt for a changing table with drawers instead of open shelves to tuck away unsightly essentials and anchor the space with a neutral yellow hue.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors
Invest In Ageless Furniture

Contained by gold-leaf borders, the flowers climbing up the walls of designer Marie Flanigan's newborn daughter's room are actually mural wallpaper. Today, the daybed is "a cozy spot for late-night feedings, but one day it'll be her big-girl bed, with a trundle for sleepovers," the Houston Designer says. Stylish, ageless, multi-purpose furniture is always a good investment.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Amber Interiors
Choose an Interesting Crib

Your crib doesn't have to be plain white or wood. We're loving the modern black border of the crib in this nursery designed by Amber Interiors. The layers of h rugs, whimsical wallpaper, and ceiling-high linen curtains soften up the space. But most importantly, never underestimate storage in a nursery. Baskets and bins are a good option and can be repurposed as the child grows.

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traditional nursery ideas
Bring In Two Gliders

Photographer Gray Milan and his husband Jeff Richardson have two glider sin their nursery suite. This way, there's story time is a family affair. If space allows, bring in two rocking chairs or slide up an extra stool—it's particularly handy for parents of twins.

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Opt for Durable Upholstery

This is baby Dove's room in Malin's nursery suite. His pro tip? Upholster your furniture in outdoor fabric or other spill-proof material so it looks like new for longer. A daybed can double as a bed for overnight guests and a place to perch while the kids play.

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Fran̤ois Dischinger
Be Bold With Color

We're digging the use of vibrant, unexpected colors in this nursery designed by Steven Sclaroff. The green background of the wallpaper still feels youthful thanks to the whimsical pattern, and the orange-red carpet adds a surge of energy. The classic armchair and dresser are also going to deliver function and style to the family home for years to come.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Amber Interiors
Install a Little Library

Step story time up a notch by adding a little floating shelf library to display all their favorite bedtime books on. Designed by Amber Interiors, the collection of books doubles as decor, animating the white walls.

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Studio DB
Add a Gallery Wall

Studio DB perked up the wall behind the crib with fun photographs of sheep (hopefully they'll also bring good luck with pleasant dreams and plenty of sleep). You could also add some sentimental value by creating a gallery wall of family photos.

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PHOTO: David Tsay; DESIGN: Emily Henderson
DIY the Walls

Use stenciled wallpaper (or even try out your #skills and paint them on yourself) for a whimsical wall covering. By Emily Henderson Design, this nursery's animal theme makes it feel like a circus without being visually chaotic.

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PHOTO: Matthew Williams
Give It an Edge

Just because it's a nursery doesn't mean it needs to be super whimsical and soft. Studio DB chose a more angular approach with a graphic wall mural and modern geometric mobile. The colorful details and layers of shapes make it appropriately playful for a nursery.

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PHOTO: Emery Davis; DESIGN: Madre
Incorporate Personal Touches

In this adorable room designed by Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb of Madre, everything feels as unique as it does functional (not always the easiest balance to strike!). The stool makes lounging more comfy, but it also adds a fun personal touch with the child's name on it. We're also loving the color scheme in this room. Their clients wanted a happy bright space, so the designers "decided to go bold with coral. Orange undertones keep it from veering too pink."

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How to create a healthy, safe baby nursery
Courtesy of Ryan Liebe for Emily Henderson Designs
Choose A Cool Mobile

Emily Henderson knows sweet dreams are made of adorable tiny wooden sailboats. It adds character and playfulness without skewing totally cutesy or kitschy.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Emily Henderson
Lighten the Mood

These soft pink-and-white walls give the room a warm, comforting rosy flow without being overwhelming and dominating the room. Keep the rest of the decor simple and neutral, so the room feels like a relaxed retreat. Emily Henderson brought in a nature-inspired accents and traditional staples to round out the space.

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How to prepare a safe and healthy baby nursery
Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson Designs
Create A Nature-Inspired Nursery

Forget the blues and pinks and go with a nature-inspired scene for your nursery wall, as Emily Henderson did in this space. 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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via Spearmint Baby
Look at It from Baby's Perspective

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 Spearmint Baby. Plus, it's the view your baby will have from their crib.

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