Amazing Baby Nursery Designs to Inspire You

White baby room in marine style, teddy bear in the foreground

Designing the perfect nursery space can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. From what type of crib to invest in, to deciding which color to paint the walls, your options are almost endless! Gone are the days where boy rooms needed to be light blue, and girl rooms pastel pink. These days, it’s completely acceptable to think outside the nursery box and find inspiration in the most unlikely places.

You can get inspiration from a vintage poster or a chair found on Craigslist. Go for lighthearted whimsy and paint stripes on the ceiling, or turn your aunt’s old buffet table into a changing station. Or get your inspiration here – we’ve found some amazing nursery designs we think you’ll love!

Rustic Modern

rustic modern chandelier nursery

This gender-neutral nursery in Atlanta gives new life to reclaimed objects in unexpected ways. The crib’s backdrop is a salvaged barn door, and the light fixture is a re-purposed antique wicker basket turned upside down. The ceiling has been painted a sunny yellow, which lightens and brightens the room nicely without overstimulating your infant.

A Nook for a Princess

princess nook nurseryDon’t have a place for the baby? Time to think outside the traditional nursery box! This crib fit perfectly in the closet in a home tight on bedroom space, so why not, right? Bright colors and scalloped edges transform the closet into a perfect nook that’s adorably accented with new and thrifted items including an eclectic doily bunting.







Print Profusion

nursery with many pictures No pink or blue here! This small nursery’s harbor-gray walls are the perfect canvas for bold, brightly colored and unexpected accents in the usually un-baby colors of black, white and sunshine yellow. The light fixture is a re-purposed birdcage, and the rug has a super fun faux zebra design. This gender-neutral space – perfect for dreaming – will easily grow with the child.

Surprising Ceiling

striped ceiling nursery

This nursery makes use of soft gray and white stripes in a surprising location: the ceiling! The room also effortlessly combines form with function, brightly colored picture books displayed on shelves are both a storage solution and wall art. They used chalkboard and magnetic paint on the accent wall so it could be an inexpensive, utterly original source of ever-changing artworks. And the rug is doormats taped together with rug tape!

Bold Modern

gray chevron nursery

An op-art gray-and-white chevron print and super cool contemporary crib are the focal points of this adorably mod girl’s nursery. Unexpected pops of peach and teal give a feminine feel without becoming too sugary sweet. The designer worked with artists found on to create a few amazing custom pieces, like the crib bedding and custom abacus.

Cozy Stripes

striped nursery with textures

With clean lines and lots of interesting textures, this nursery is perfect for a boy or a girl, and it will easily transition from newborn sleep space to toddler hangout. Framed maps are a fun, colorful and educational way to add a punch of color and whimsy to a simple, sweet room.

Paper Palace

clean modern nursery

Decorating on a budget? Use paper! Eclectic but cheap touches really tie this nursery together. Vibrant teal paper lanterns brighten up the room and double as a sort of giant mobile, and the whimsical silhouettes cut from pieces of wallpaper will also give the baby something to gaze upon. The cozy white slipcovered chair will be a boon to exhausted parents and is a perfect addition to the small space.

Starburst Space

paper lanterns in nurseryThis fun and cheery nursery will be a soothing place to rest and play. Bold colbalt on cream sets off unexpected yet visually stimulating geometrical design elements, like the bright starbursts, which complement the gorgeous sleigh bed. And the soft yellow and cream accent rug ties the space together.

Royal Panache

bright blue nursery

This warm and inviting nursery flaunts the unexpected (who says pink and blue have to be paramount?) with its gold-painted spindle crib flanked by beautiful black bookcases. Two chairs let mom and dad be present in the cozy space during the bedtime routine.

UFOs in the Big City

elegant nursery with upholstered chair

The obvious focal point in this room is the amazing custom-painted mural of the Portland cityscape. (On close inspection you’ll find the city is under alien attack) Rich green accents – such as a comfortable upholstered chair (thrifted!) and green textured rug – tie together the nursery and its fantastic mural.