18,792 Nursery Design Ideas
How do I pick a baby nursery design?
Unlike a kid’s bedroom, the parents spend a lot of time in the nursery, so nurseries must be designed to please the adults as well. Don’t stress about the overall look of the nursery, since your baby might not remember the stylish room as much as the feeling of love and security. Start by adding essential baby nursery furniture sets that typically comprise of a crib or cot with nursery storage, such as a dresser and nursery wardrobe. Another popular piece to add is the rocking chair. Also, think carefully about how you design the room if you want to use it later as a toddler bedroom. Consider nursery ideas such as a cot bed which can transition to a toddler bed as your baby grows. Don’t forget to pay attention to the smaller details like blackout curtains to ensure your baby is able to sleep well.
How do I decorate a baby nursery?
When exploring baby room ideas, pick a theme that will endure your baby’s toddler years too. Nursery designs and decor for girls include florals, prints in bright and bold colours, and the themes for baby boys can range from sports to outdoors. If you prefer to go with neutral gender nursery designs, play with mixing shades of blues, greens, yellows and oranges, and bring in some metallic or wood accents to tie things together. Animals and outdoor motifs, such as nautical or beach themes, are great neutral baby nursery ideas. You can incorporate the colours through wall decals, patterned curtains, bedding and soft furnishing. Also, don’t forget to include soft lighting for when you’re changing nappies or feeding in the middle of the night. Lastly, throw down a soft floor rug for when the baby starts crawling and playing.
These clients longed for a nursery that was anything but typical for the adoptive baby soon to join their family. In our first meeting they didn’t show us magazine clippings of rooms adorned with teddy bears, no fabric swatches with bumble bees, no choo choo trains, no princesses and no Disney characters. Not even blue or pink. Instead Torey slid a beautiful mid century modern globe across the table and said, “We thought this could be the inspiration for the nursery.” The globe itself is unconventional, with the ocean rendered black and countries in bright saturated green, red, orange, and yellow. We returned with a design that is fresh, vibrant, sophisticated and anything but ordinary. The palette is: green, yellow, black, and cream with orange and red accents. Black chalkboard paint covers two walls while a third boasts a custom colored wallpaper map. Random width stripes of green and cream create a lively canopy overhead. A new wall unit anchors the space while providing ample storage. We cushioned and lit the window seat for cozy reading. Incorporating a roll-out changing table helped free up floor space, a precious commodity in this small bungalow. A global theme emerges with the room populated by furnishings from around the world: a rocking chair form Mexico, the bombe chest repainted in green gloss lacquer, the mini Eames chairs, the Danish modern crib. The artful installation of felt taxidermy framed in lacquer surrounded by the numbers 1-9 serves as a whimsical teaching aid. Finally, the room is frosted with details like Jonathon Adler sconces, custom drapes hanging on a lucite rod, and a green shag “animal skin” rug.
Photo Credit: Dan Benedict
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When we found out we were expecting in June, we had already put a plan in motion to merge our home offices to eventually make way for a nursery. After the excitement of the big news we kicked it into high gear!
First off we painted the room a crisp white to contrast from the past 2 tone dark office colours. Our amazing painter Carolyn from Roll Her Sleeves then traced out and painted our vision for the mural. At first we wanted to go very minimal but after looking at it for a few weeks, we asked her to come back and add a forefront layer of grey mountains, details in the peaks and the yellow sun.
During that time the search for the perfect modern crib was on. We found the Hudson model from Babyletto which we loved from one of our suppliers in the states but after duties and shipping it ended up being more practical to buy it here in town.
At the Artemano opening we hosted in November, we connected with Jonathan from Obasan mattresses. He graciously offered to supply us with one of their locally made high quality mattresses. We can’t wait for our baby boy to sleep on it!
Our rocking chair has quite the story behind it. We originally found it for $8 ( yes eight ) dollars last spring. We weren’t sure at the time where and how we were going to use it so we had stored it in one of the garages where we were keeping furniture for an ongoing model home project. One morning we arrived and noticed the chair was missing. We made a call to our construction contact and he relayed the message. Next thing we know a worker was jumping in the garbage bins across the street. They had believed the chair was to be thrown away. Although a bit dusty it was recovered in decent shape. A few months passed and we started entertaining the idea of using it as our rocker. We asked Melissa’s dad if he would be interested in converting it to a rocker for us, and always up for a challenge he accepted and came through big time! At least was the task of reupholstering. We kind of liked the fun bright orange it was but decided to keep it safe with a nice grey material.
After trying numerous curtains ( we lost count ) we finally settled on a old fav, the west elm chevrons. As well, 3 or 4 rugs were attempted until we tried the yellow rug from Urban Barn and instantly knew that was the one.
We slid a couple small Ikea hacks in there. We wrapped an inexpensive floor lamp with rope to give it a different look ( and hide the silver since everything is brass ) and spray painted the shelf hinges to match the rest of the finishes.
Photo: Sacha Leclair