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Decorating anything can be fun, but there's something incredibly special about outfitting a nursery. It's like you're trying to capture the unlimited possibilities of what the baby could be, what you want to be as a parent, and the magic of the earliest years of family life. Plus, c'mon, the little accessories are stinking cute.
Whether you're into Disney, classic literature, sports, or any combination thereof, there's something on this list to inspire you. If you're decorating for your own baby, congratulations! If you're just looking for some inspiration, we think you'll find that here too.
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This room is hotel worthy! It's eye candy, and it seems like every Hogwartian detail was attended to. Look at the stuffed owl in the cage! Look at the Quidditch pitch in the window! What baby wouldn't grow up believing in the magic of childhood in a room like this one? One of the best things about Harry Potter themed rooms is that so many of the pieces that give them character can be found in antique and reclamation shops. We can imagine finding old iron keys and hanging them on fishing string. Tada! You have one of the challenges of the Sorcerer's Stone! Just keep that broom propped in a corner.
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Taking little ones to the zoo to watch them wonder at the beauty of the natural world is a milestone for nearly every parent. Kids remember first hearing the roar of a lion or seeing the stilt-like walk of a baby giraffe. This room captures that experience in beautiful, soothing neutral tones. We love the prints of the animals behind the crib and the thick, luxurious looking rug. A similar plush looking white rug is for sale at Urban Outfitters for $49.00–$189.00. We imagine that this room won't need to be changed for some time, another way to save money in the long run.
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This room seems to invite the sunlight in, just like a fairy's land really would. Unlike the photo before it, this room incorporates color and atmosphere. The round bed really makes the room, and we assume this one is custom made. However, there are crib options for sale that are round or oval shaped. There are also tutorials on YouTube concerning hand fashioning a round crib, if you know someone who's particularly talented with carpentry. If not, a regular crib could look just as magical with those lily pads and bark texture tacked on. Just make sure everything is secure and baby-safe.
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This nursery can inspire both an adult's and a child's inner explorer. The pillow on the comfortable seeming rocker says "ADVENTURE," and we can't help but be inspired to be adventurous in our decorating after looking at this nursery. Also, while some may see this room and think it screams boy, we see it as gender neutral and easily capable of being customized for a little girl. This room also doesn't seem to need to stay perfectly tidy, either. Let's be honest, no baby and eventual toddler is tidy. They need a room that can get messy and still be tranquil. What's better for that than a mountainous backdrop?
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This is the brightest of the bedrooms so far, and we love it! All the red is exciting for the eye, and the Union Jack rug is graphic and interesting. So many of kids' accessories use the primary colors, and this room won't make those seem like eye sores. There're still beautiful pieces mixed throughout like the vintage luggage and the chipped rocking horse. How can you not love additions that are both decorative as well as functional play items? This room will grow with a kid and look just as well designed with a twin size bed in the crib's place.
Childhood is a time for music. Not only are kids and babies drawn to music, but research has shown that newborns are able to recognize songs they heard frequently in utero once they're in the world outside. In addition, there's a widely held belief among the early childhood crowd that music can boost intelligence. That's right, Mama, you keep singing! Anyway, if you're looking to embrace your own musical preferences this nursery can give you a way to go. These people obviously chose The Beatles as their jumping off point, but almost any classic band would work. The nursery looks customized and free spirited both, a great combination for any baby.
There are two things that stick out about this nursery. One is the puffy clouds that adorn the ceiling. That's darling. The second is the turquoise accent color on the dresser and in the bed linens. Somehow, everything about this room seems soft and welcoming. It's the color scheme, the warm wood tones, and the patterned rug. The room also looks well designed without that 'hired a designer that cost me thousands of dollars' edge. It looks accessible, and that may be another aspect that contributes to the warm quality. The little girl's name in the corner spells Paloma, and she's going to love this sweet escape.
Mermaids. They're in right now, and we see why. Like unicorns, mermaids are mythical, have amazing pieces of art they've inspired, and are easy to find since they've been made kid friendly by multiple movies and shows. Going with a mermaid theme gives you multiple options for decoration. You could go full on Disney. You could take inspiration from Edvard Eriksen's sublime statue. On the other hand, you could do what they did in this room and pair two complimentary colors together with stark white furniture. Another thing we like about this nursery is the curtain over the closet. Keep it open for the short time it's that organized. Close those bad boys when the chaos sets in.
There's something about the laid back feeling of the tropics. That kind of surfer-like zen is definitely something to help a kid aspire to. This nursery reminds us so much of Johnny Tsunami, and what's better than a 90's throwback Disney original? The palm trees on the wall and the surf board behind the neatly organized diaper storage are the perfect Hawaiian accents to both soothe after a long day and remind us that there's paradise out there. Our only complaint is that we can't see more of the room. Think there's one of those awesome hanging wicker chairs somewhere in there? We can only hope.
It was Aberjhani who said, "Rainbows introduce us to reflections of different beautiful possibilities so we never forget that pain and grief are not the final options in life." Also, they're just colorful fun. This room sums up both the hopeful and playful aspects of a rainbow inspired space. The plushy wall art adds a homemade ambiance to the room, and the color coded shelves give off a designer vibe. Okay, we all know that eventually it'll be impossible to keep those shelves and toy bins that well coordinated. Kids seem to collect sundries faster than anyone else. For now though, the look is so inviting.
What kid doesn't love trains? While this room is beautiful and the blue tones are conducive to sleeping, there's so much that a parent could do to make sure this could eventually double as a play space. There're those play mats with roads on them, hundreds of different train sets, and even wooden block trains that would add dimension to the room. The paneled ceiling is a great touch and adds texture to the room with its stark white furnishings. Over at Etsy there's even this print that says, "I love you to the moon and back, and down the railroad track." Cuteness overload.
Notice those characters behind the minimalist crib? They're Darcy and Elizabeth! Okay, so Pride and Prejudice might be a little nuanced for a newborn to grasp. Yet, the story and the setting themselves are magical, and in those early days reading to your baby is more for bonding and soothing than language learning. Go ahead then, and read the classics if you've got a soft spot for them. Another mark in the plus column for this particular room is the way it adapts a black and white scheme but doesn't make it feel cold or austere. We could easily see a pink clad baby lying in that crib.
This is absolutely charming. Monsters Inc. is about one thing, friendship. The wacky color combinations and big furry characters are just a bonus. It makes for a spot on themed nursery. Also, it's no heart breaker if this room doesn't stay perfectly ordered. You can just use the excuse that "the monster" did it. Is the monster the baby turned toddler who'd love this bedroom? Yup! The piping on the chair fits with the rest of the room, and the quilt on the wall is #craftgoals. You could change the walls up in almost any shade and it'd still work. Versatility, that's what makes a good room.
Okay, so at first we weren't sure about the grass style rug. However, there's no denying that it's incredibly uncommon. Also, if it's not just editorial, it'd be a great cushion on knees and elbows as a kiddo is learning to crawl and walk. In fact, Amazon sells indoor outdoor decorative grass squares that you can see here. It makes a whimsical backdrop for the luxurious linens and painted brass bed, too. Our favorite piece in the room by far is the chandelier. Who needs a mobile when there's that much glitter and glam adorning the ceiling? Grass rug or no, this room screams old school richness.
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Soccer balls, basketballs, and snapping flags oh my! The bedding and hanging decor is brightly colored and a nice contrast to the dark wood tones of the crib and dresser. The best part of this whole ensemble is that every soft piece is available in a set from Wayfair. The ten piece bedding bundle includes the sheets, pillows, diaper stackers, and more! It's built in coordination for around $130. Maybe you could even borrow the grass flooring from the previous paragraph and go all out when your little one is ready to practice field drills. However, the room may need just a few personal touches. An antique leather helmet or wall art could help get rid of the 'just from the box' look.
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This one takes the trophy for most unique of all the nurseries on the list. Every little detail was carefully planned and it shows. The knobs on the dresser are speckled like cupcake sprinkles. The wall art is kickass. The bright colors say that a happy, bouncy baby belongs here. There's no uppity, stiff ruffles and muted tones. This bedroom reflects childhood. Fun. Messy. Wondrous. If there's one room that gives us a tad bit of jealousy but a lot of inspiration, it's this one. The reflection in the mirror makes us think the ceiling is patterned, and we wish we could take a closer look.
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You're your child's first and most important teacher. This nursery gives off serious awesome classroom vibes. It's the pops of color, the alphabet on the wall, and the rocking chair that invites picture book reading. The room is completely gender neutral. This means that when one baby grows out of the colorful decor, another may be ready to snag it up! The room looks inviting, leaving room on the floor for baby and parents to interact and play together. Remember though, if you don't have the same amount of room as is available in this one you can visit this Mommyish article for small room hacks.
They went all in on this Star Wars nursery, and we can't help but commend them for being strong with the force. Even the teddy (ewok?) got in on the action. There's a death star rug and a stormtrooper diaper disposal. It seems like these parents have decided to go full dark side. We imagine, however, that with a few tweaks here and there the room could join the light and the rebellion. The black floor is a bold choice, and we do imagine that should they want to change it it'd be quite a task. Yet, it's probably a great stain hider. We love it. It knows.
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It's the polka dots. They're what really give this Minnie Mouse room it's flare. Plus, we're into the paper Japanese lantern decorations. We can't help but wonder, looking at how everything matches, if someone who's proficient with a sewing machine was the mastermind behind this scheme. We recognize that bookshelf as an IKEA piece, and it gets no shade from us. We also think that the lack of bows is a good editing decision, making the room comfortable and not too cutesy. After all, at times Minnie is a career girl. She doesn't have to be precious all the time.
What's better than a downy crib in a tranquil room? How about a hanging bassinet that gently sways in a room that is eclectic and bright? The starry sky decorations above and clouds hidden around the room are accents that perfectly set the mood for a nursery. It's calming and restful, muted but playful. It looks like the room was put together over time, which is what boho is supposed to be. It's a lot of wicker, which you have to be into, but we're not complaining that the furnishings are therefore probably light and easy to maneuver around the room.
Let us know in the comments below if there are other nurseries that inspired your design!