To help you create a safe, stylish, and relaxing space for your new baby, we’re sharing advice and ideas about how to decorate a modern nursery for a baby boy or a baby girl. From various decor styles to must-have furniture items, see our nursery decorating tips below!
1. Select Your Nursery Style
Think about how you want your nursery to look and feel. Do you want to design a modern nursery or something more traditional? Will you be designing a nursery specifically for a baby girl, baby boy, or a gender-neutral nursery? Do you want to use bright colors and graphic patterns or soft pastels and neutral tones? We like to browse interior design accounts on Pinterest and Instagram to get nursery decorating ideas and help narrow down the style and aesthetic that we like. Once you’ve selected a nursery style and color palette, you can move forward with purchasing furniture and accessories.
2. Pick Your Nursery Decor & Furniture
There are a few must-have items every nursery needs! Here are a few items we recommend including:
Options about when it comes to choosing a crib for your nursery. We love the modern and minimal styles by Oeuf and the convertible cribs from BabyLetto. We also love the SNOO bassinets and the docks from DockATot.
CHANGING TABLE OR CHANGING STATION:
A designated area where you can change your baby and store items like diapers, wipes, and creams will come in handy with a newborn! You can use a wide chest or dresser and create a changing station on top with a changing pad or purchase a stand-alone changing table. It just depends how much space you have and what style you like best for your nursery.
A comfy rocking chair, glider, or lounge chair is essential for late-night feedings, reading books, and singing lullabies to your little one. All are good options—it just depends on your personal preference—but a chair with some movement can be helpful in soothing a fussy baby back to sleep. Look for a chair that is comfortable to sit in, supports your back and head, and has wide arm rests, which will come in handy when you're nursing. Avoid chairs with sharp edges or exposed hardware as they could be harmful to little ones. Consider purchasing an ottoman or foot stool to match your chair—you'll want to put your feet up after a long day!
Consider using a chest, dresser, or open shelving with cute containers or wicker baskets to organize things like baby clothes, baby toys, books, diapers, wipes, and burp cloths. Be sure to anchor your storage space to the wall to secure your chest, dresser, or open shelving from toppling over (which can be hazardous if toddlers or young children climb on them and they topple over).
3. Accessorize Your Nursery
Consider using wallpaper, wall decals, or hanging framed artwork and photographs on the walls to add some personality to the space. We love the idea of framed quotes and prints. You can also pick a decor theme for your nursery, such as woodland animals, flowers, travel, jungle animals, etc. Add a table or floor lamp to create soft lighting in the room, and consider setting up a sound machine or diffuser to create a soothing environment. A plush rug underfoot and cozy pillow or throw for your rocking chair will help create a relaxing atmosphere.
Photos via Pinterest