15 Creative Baby Nursery Themes

Picking a theme for the baby nursery is the first (and arguably the most difficult) step in the nursery design process. Your choice will set the tone for your baby’s room and determine where you shop for nursery items. Plus, you’ll be spending many hours in the nursery with your little one. 
Needless to say, you want to choose a baby nursery theme that suits your personal style. Looking for some fresh ideas for baby’s nursery? Here are a few creative baby nursery themes that are sure to make the baby’s room your new favorite hangout spot.

Fairytale Enchantment–Got a little princess on the way? Transform your baby’s room into an enchanting space with a fairytale theme. Opt for a white crib, accessorize with baby girl bedding in soft pink hues and finish off the look with an adorable tulle crib skirt. Then, hang up string lights (out of baby’s reach, of course) and decorate with mystical creatures.

Lemon-Inspired–There is nothing sour about this sweet baby nursery theme. For a citrus-inspired nursery, decorate a light blue, gray or white wall with cute lemon decals. Fill an unused corner with a faux lemon tree or keep it understated with random pops of yellow.

Woodland Wonderland–Spending time in nature is good for us. If you can’t take your baby to the woods, why not bring the woods to your baby with an outdoor nursery theme? Striking forest wallpaper behind the crib, coupled with wood grain accents, is sure to bring a peaceful vibe to the baby’s room. 

Little Traveler–Eager for the baby to see the world? Give your little one a case of wanderlust with a travel theme nursery. Trick out your baby’s nursery with a world map accent wall, hot air balloon décor and stuffed animals from around the globe.

Modern Boho–In case you haven’t heard, boho interior design is having a big moment. Why not test out the trend with your nursery design? Give your little one’s room a free-spirited vibe with rattan furniture, macramé wall décor and an earthy color palette.

Vitamin Sea–Anchors away! Bring a nautical theme to life with ocean wall art, a musical crib mobile with sea creatures and plenty of seashell décor. A nautical theme is also the perfect excuse to paint the baby’s room an ultra-relaxing shade of blue.

Gorgeous Gray–According to Pinterest’s 2020 trend report, searches for “unisex nurseries” are up 527 percent. Whether you’re keeping the sex of the baby a surprise or you simply want to avoid forcing gender stereotypes on your baby, a gorgeous gray nursery is the perfect solution. To keep your gray nursery from looking too bland, add interest with unique textures, different shades of gray and trendy foliage.

Starry Night–Encourage your little cutie to reach for the stars by surrounding them with the night sky. Paint an accent wall dark blue and decorate with white or gold star decals. Complete the look with a moon phase wall hanging to give your baby’s room a dreamy, celestial vibe.

Elegant and Moody–Who says that the baby’s room needs to be bright? Make a bold statement with a dark, moody wall in the nursery. Soften the look with feminine florals and pretty gold accents. Then, add texture and practicality by placing a gorgeous leather rocker in the corner.

Librarian Chic–Foster a love of reading by giving your baby’s room a cute librarian theme. All you really need to make this theme work are books, books and more books! Paint a bookshelf in a bold hue to make it the focal point of the room. You could also give the nursery a literary twist by hanging a quote from your favorite author on the wall.  

Classy Vintage–Can’t get enough of vintage décor? Bring your love of antiques and delicate pastels into the nursery. Use floating shelves to display your eclectic finds and hang one-of-a-kind décor in the baby’s room. Repurpose a vintage dresser into a gorgeous changing table for your little cutie. One quick word of caution: Avoid using a second-hand crib. Many older cribs aren’t up to current crib safety standards, so find a new crib that merely looks vintage.

Taking Flight–There’s no need to wing it on your nursery décor—not when you have an airplane theme to steer your design choices in the right direction. Go for a red and blue color palette for your little pilot and hang vintage airplane prints in the nursery. Add the finishing touches with rustic details, such as the baby’s name in galvanized lettering behind the crib.

Flower Power–When in doubt, you can’t go wrong decorating your baby girl’s room with gorgeous florals. Let big, statement-making blooms steal the show with stunning floral wallpaper. Prefer to keep your florals as accents? For some nursery inspiration, check out this gorgeous nursery that took Reddit by storm. The pink floral crib sheets pop oh-so-beautifully against the green background. And don’t even get us started on that brass crib!

Cactus Cutie–Similar to the boho trend, southwestern interior design is blowing up right now. That means you’ll have no trouble finding desert-themed décor for your baby, including chic cactus wall prints and cactus-themed crib sheets. A pretty color palette with pale oranges and pinks will add softness to your desert theme, making it perfect for the baby.

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Minimalism–With the right approach to nursery design, a minimalist baby nursery can look elegant and stylish. Stick to a neutral color palette, clean lines and a few pops of bright color to add visual interest. Clutter is the antithesis of a modern minimalist nursery, so be sure to take advantage of wall space and get creative with storage.

Finding Your Nursery Style
Whether you’re a big fan of color and traditional themes or you prefer a modern nursery with a neutral color palette, you’re sure to find some design inspiration with these creative nursery themes. Just remember to design the nursery with your baby’s basic needs and safety in mind. Happy decorating! 

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