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10 Adorable + Easy Rainbow Nursery Decor Ideas You Can Try in Your Home

Neutral nurseries have been all the rage for the past few years, but we’re seeing a new trend on the rise. Hello, rainbow-themed nursery!

That’s right. Expecting parents are ditching soft neutral hues for rainbow nursery decor that add bright bursts of primary colors. It’s easy to see why: The motif’s classic, cheerful appeal is fun, bold, and perfect for kids’ rooms and nurseries. Plus, a rainbow nursery theme is easy to work with—you can go all out with any combination of the ROYGBIV colors or keep it to a few simple accents. And with all the colorful kids’ decor out there, there are endless ways to experiment with different rainbow nursery ideas.

For some fun rainbow nursery inspiration, we’ve rounded up rooms that totally nail the colorful look. Take a peek below to see the spaces and get our tips for designing your own rainbow-themed nursery!

Not sure where to begin with your baby’s room design? Get started with our Nursery Checklist and Nursery Color Schemes, and also see our tips for Gender Neutral Nursery Design Ideas.

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1. Play Up Pops Of Rainbow

An easy way to work in a rainbow nursery look is to add bold accents that show off the motif. And a few classic rainbow decor pieces can go a long way. Try a rainbow rug at the nursery door entrance or a punchy rainbow pillow for the glider. Or hang up a garland in bright primary colors, one of our favorite rainbow nursery ideas.

With this approach, stick to neutral furniture so that your rainbow nursery decor pieces really pop in the room. If you already have your nursery furniture picked out, this is also a great way to layer in kid-friendly bright colors that can easily be swapped out when your baby grows older.

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2. Create A Rainbow Reading Nook

One of the easier rainbow nursery ideas to pull off is to make room for a colorful reading corner that nods to the arched motif and its colors. You can paint the walls around in a primary color, then work in smaller accent pieces, like a rainbow pillow and a rainbow-themed gallery wall of cute kids art.

This is a great way to instantly turn a corner into an inviting and charming nook that brings happy vibes to the nursery. It’s also a perfect way to get the cheerful look of a rainbow nursery without needing to go all out with color; you can keep the rainbow theme for just the reading area and opt for a serene look in the rest of the room.

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3. Think Rainbow Meets Minimalism

There’s no reason a nursery can’t be both colorful and minimal at the same time. The trick is to streamline your rainbow nursery decor to one or two bold elements in the room.

In this modern-minimal nursery and kids room, the rainbow garland and pom-pom blanket add bright pops of color but keep with the airy, pared-down appeal of the furniture in the room. The colors don’t overwhelm the space and, in fact, help give the room an organized, streamlined look. If you’re not one for overtly vibrant rainbow nursery ideas, this approach is for you.

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4. Pad It With a Rainbow Rug

A rainbow theme nursery isn’t just all color with zero practicality. Adding a rainbow-colored rug or one with a rainbow-inspired design provides both function and vibrant style to a kids’ space.

For those who prefer rainbow nursery decor that’s not overtly rainbow-themed, try a multi-hued rug like the one in this room. The pops of color can be pulled into other furnishings, like the pouf and the artwork in this nursery, which makes for a cohesive overall look. A colorful rug is also one of few rainbow nursery ideas that adds comfort and safety to the room, giving your little one a soft padded foundation to crawl and play on.

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5. Consider Rainbow With Pastels

The best rainbow nursery ideas aren’t all bright and all arches. Try mixing a rainbow theme with a pastel palette. The result is a softer and more subtle approach to a rainbow nursery that’s at once colorful, calm, and charmingly fun.

You can take a cue from this soothing pastel pink nursery that’s accented with a rainbow decale over the crib, which creates a fun focal point that’s easy on the eyes. A light-colored rainbow decal is a stylish way to add color and liven up the walls in your nursery without it overwhelming the space. Sprinkel in rainbow colors in pastel shades throughout to round out the look after.

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6. Go for a Jewel-Toned Rainbow Mix

You can play up a rainbow theme without keeping to classic rainbow nursery decor. In fact, you can get the look without adding a single rainbow! A stylish way to achieve that is to mix bold jewel-toned accents that add up to the rainbow palette collectively.

Try mixing an indigo pillow with a green pouf or artwork that all have individual color themes, as in this nursery. It’s a chic way to add color that’s easy to change up down the line. This approach is also one of the best rainbow nursery ideas for parents who can’t commit to a theme or color since you can’t go wrong with a mix of accents in jewel tones.

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7. Try Earth Tones With Rainbow

A rainbow nursery look with a touch of boho flair, this offers a tailored approach to rainbow hues that’s more warm than bright. It’s one of the less common rainbow nursery ideas you’ll see on social media, but it can actually make for a super comfy and soothing nursery.

In this attic nursery, the rainbow tapestry on the wall offers an earthy spin on the motif while the pop of moss green on the changing table completes the overall rainbow palette in the room. If you love rustic style or a boho-inspired space, this is a fresh take on the rainbow palette that’s simple and deeply inviting.

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8. Arrange a Rainbow Gallery Wall

Among our most popular rainbow nursery ideas with Modsy homeowners is a colorful gallery wall that brings together the rainbow motif and colors. There are numerous adorable ways to arrange artwork to get the rainbow look and finding all the different pieces is part of the fun.

Draw on this gallery wall for a mix of art in various shapes, sizes, and colors that all tie back to the rainbow nursery theme. Because a gallery wall can be made up of anything and go anywhere, it makes for the fastest and easiest way to bring in the look. Try arranging whimsical art, animal drawings, or a rainbow tapestry over a dresser or in a corner for a bright focal point.

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9. Curate a Shelfie in Rainbow

Shelves are practical accents in a nursery, and the best part is you can decorate them in addition to using them for storage. This makes them perfect places for experimenting and playing up all your little rainbow nursery tchotchkes and accents.

Style yours after these open shelves, which are arranged with fun rainbow-hued books and toys alongside bins and blankets. With so many fun accents out in the market, you’re sure to find tons of adorable kids’ decor to bring your rainbow nursery ideas to life. Just remember that how you style it is totally up to you, so have fun and test-drive different arrangements until you land on a shelfie look you love!

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10. Opt For All-Around Rainbow

If you’re looking for bold rainbow nursery ideas, this fun-themed room has all the right vibrant touches. From a rainbow-color solar system hanging mobile to a round play rug to colorful toys, it brings together the best mix of rainbow nursery decor with a cheerful, happy vibe. All the primary pops of color are evenly dispersed throughout the room and they help enliven the nursery with a lighthearted feel.

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Nursery Checklist: Your Complete Shopping Guide to Nursery Essentials

Few design endeavors require the planning and preparation that goes into a nursery. It’s a huge undertaking if you’re expecting parents, especially when time is of the essence and life doesn’t stop. And, of course, you want a space that’s comfy and stylish for both you and your baby.

Some of the biggest hurdles and considerations are around finding the right nursery furniture. Should I get a crib that transitions into a toddler bed? Is a bassinet better? Do I want a full changing table or just a topper that fits on top of a dresser to save space? What about black-out shades—are they really necessary?

It can all quickly start to get overwhelming! But don’t worry, we’re here to help. To guide you through your nursery design, we’ve compiled our ultimate designer-approved nursery furniture checklist below. Read on to get our essentials to shop for with your nursery design.

Want more nursery inspiration? Check out our gallery for more nursery design ideas, get our designer’s foolproof nursery design tips, and read some of our nursery design stories from real Modsy customers.

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Crib, Cradle, or Bassinet

First and most important is deciding on a place for your baby to sleep. Your nursery furniture options here include cribs, cradles, and bassinets.

Cribs come in many forms, and can even be bought as convertible ones that transition to a toddler bed or a full-size kid bed. If you’re hoping to minimize spending on a new twin bed once your baby grows out of their crib, a convertible crib is a great option. Milk Street Baby furniture is one of our favorite go-to’s and they offer a convertible crib that goes with any design style space.

Alternatives to a crib include a cradle or bassinet. These are easier to move around than a crib so if you’re working with a small nursery and need more flexibility in your furniture, these are great for consideration. Cradles usually come on a rocker, stand, or even wheels, and bassinets can be set up anywhere as needed. Both are good for small spaces and great if you want to keep your baby sleeping close by next to mom and dad’s bed.

Blankets

Along with baby’s bed, cozy blankets for both mom and baby are essentials—from swaddling blankets to throws for when you’re rocking baby in a glider or armchair. The style of blanket is up to you, but it’s good to have a variety, such as one that you can throw down on the floor for baby to lay on, or one that can be pulled out to be an impromptu changing station.

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Glider or Rocking Chair

A good chair is one of our top nursery furniture must-haves for rocking baby to sleep, feeding and nursing, or reading to infants as they get older. As a parent, you’ll be spending most of your time holding your little one in a glider or rocker, so make sure to choose one that’s comfortable for you, with depth and plush cushioning that supports you for long periods of time. Also, consider investing in a glider or rocker with a versatile style—they can often be used in other areas of the house when you no longer have a need for it in the nursery.

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A Baby-Safe Rug

It’s also important to pad your nursery floors with a soft rug. Be sure to find one that doesn’t have toxic chemicals and finishes that are sensitive to babies, especially since they’ll be crawling and lying on the rug often. Remember to use a non-slip rug pad to secure it in place. Need help selecting a rug? Read our complete guide to choosing a rug with expert tips from Modsy’s very own Senior Director of Sourcing!

Soft-Glow Lamp or Night Light

Controlled lighting is ideal in any nursery. Whether it’s a table lamp with a soft glow that’s easy on everyone’s eyes or ambient lighting that’s connected to a dimmer, you’ll want gentle lighting since your baby will mostly be sleeping in the nursery. Also consider a nightlight, which is great for when you have to go in and out of the nursery without disturbing a sleeping baby.

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Dresser or Wardrobe

When it comes to practical nursery furniture, a dresser or wardrobe with concealed storage is a must. This will help you keep the baby’s clothes, diapers, blankets, and small items organized and always within easy reach. A wardrobe can be great if you have no closet space in a nursery. Either way, think of the dresser or wardrobe as your command station for holding all your baby essentials.

Changing Table or Topper

Every nursery needs a place to change diapers and dress your baby. A changing table is ideal if you have lots of room in your nursery while changing toppers and pads is great if you’re working with a small nursery design that’s already packed with other nursery furniture essentials. Toppers and pads that can be securely placed on top of dressers are more common these days—or a portable changing pad that you can lay out on the floor or on a bed. Whatever you choose, be sure that it’s easy for you to access and use every day!

Blackout Curtains or Blinds

Much like lighting, blackout drapery is something to always consider for your nursery. Natural light can affect your baby’s sleep during the day, especially during nap times, so having curtains that block out light when you want it can help keep them on their sleep schedule. It can mean the difference between sleeping through the night or waking up at 2AM!

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Toy Storage

Little storage helpers, such as trunks, baskets, and toy chests are great organization pieces to have in any nursery. They’re good for keeping toys, blankets, books, and other small trinkets neatly and safely stowed away and they fit nicely into corners and spaces. The best part is that the toy storage pieces can be used long after the nursery, moving into kids rooms and play spaces once they get older. Check out our kids room furniture checklist for other essentials that can grow with your little ones over time.

Hanging Mobiles

Not an essential but also an essential. Hanging mobiles are always a nice addition above a baby’s crib or in a corner. They give babies something to look at that also lulls them to sleep.

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9 Trendy Nursery Design Ideas We Can’t Stop Thinking About

If you have a little one on the way, chances are you have a lot on your mind! Bringing a new family member into the home is exciting and there is plenty to do to prepare. And one of the most exciting parts of getting your home baby-ready is the nursery design! Decorating a nursery is an exercise in creativity and a great way to make sure your baby room is both fun and functional.

However, nursery design can also be a challenge! There are enough nursery elements to keep your head full of baby room ideas for months. For starters, you’ll need to decide on a sleeping situation such as a crib, bassinet, convertible crib, or even if you want to co-sleep. Many parents also want a seating option like a glider, rocking chair, or day bed. Not to mention you’ll need storage for baby items, a changing table, and wall decor. Each nursery design is different and it’s up to you to dream up baby room ideas that work best for you and your family!

There are so many baby room design ideas for creating a space that feels super fun and relaxing while still making sure it’s a space that can grow with your baby and adapt to your changing needs. There are plenty of stylish nursery ideas to consider that work for both parents and baby!

If you want to kickstart your nursery plans, check out these 9 neutral nursery design ideas to help you ace your new baby’s room design!

baby room design, nursery designA Rustic + Transitional Nursery

We love the inviting coziness of this rustic and transitional nursery design. The rustic style adds tons of warmth with light wood tones and pale green hues. Botanical prints on the wall are one of the best nursery ideas to give the room a little grown-up elegance and the sleek dresser, pouf and armchair style add a transitional touch.

Stylist Tip: Adding a large area rug helps keep the floor soft + safe for baby and provides excellent noise reduction. This rug adds a fun blue/green pattern that brings the whole room’s color palette together. Keeping a stylish hamper and baskets near the dresser is also super practical because they are in reach of the changing area.

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baby room design, nursery designA Serene Pastel Nursery

If you want to go for a very versatile, neutral nursery design, this cozy look might be just right! Distressed woods and rug add a rustic touch while the mirror and crib form add a stylish mid-century modern element. Soft pinks and white add a warm glow to the room that’s not overly “feminine.” Using large toys like stuffed animals, horses, etc. for decor adds a little extra personality.

We love baby room ideas that double up as practical nursery design—the furniture and decor can grow with the baby and the layout keeps everything within easy reach! Design elements are simple and sweet—great for a toddler and transitions. Kids can use a full-size dresser like this throughout their whole childhood and the color palette is soft and soothing enough to style in a variety of ways over the years.

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baby room design, nursery designA Coastal Style Nursery

This nursery design is cool, calm and collected, just like coastal style should be. The jute and woven rope touches like the side-table, floor lamp, pouf, and pendant light have an appealing nautical look. Blue stripes in the rug and pillow are trademark coastal style and pair well with the classic blue, white and grey color palette! The sand shade of the natural materials breaks up the simple color scheme and the small decor like the whale toy and books tie all the colors together.

The classic form of the rocking chair is perfect for this look and the wingback style provides headrest for parents in need of support. The jute pouf is light and easy to move when you’re not using it for a footrest and the round rope mirror provides “on-theme” wall decor without getting too kitschy.

Pro tip: Using drapery is one of our favorite baby room ideas—it helps to soften the space and act as a noise barrier from the rest of the house so your baby can sleep in peace. They’re also crucial for keeping out sunlight when baby is ready for a daytime nap.

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baby room design, nursery designA Nursery Design for the Rustic Traveler

This gender-neutral space is one of the best baby room ideas for parents who want lots of character! The leather armchair and creamy antique crib set the stage for rustic style and the jute pouf, hanging plants, rattan mirror, and woven pendant bring in a funky boho look. The earthy color palette is muted for soothing energy and the distressed, rustic rug adds a soft surface area. The pouf is also one of our favorite ideas for sitting on the floor to play with baby or to use as a footrest while you sit in the chair.

Sage green makes a perfectly soothing wall color for nursery design. Add in some hanging plants for a more “Jungalow” vibe—just make sure they’re out of reach of grabby hands as your baby gets older! The cool animal gallery wall adds personality and a whimsical touch while the simple colors tie into the palette. This design is perfect for those who like an organic feel, eclectic styling and cozy space to spend time in.

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baby room design, nursery designA Mid-Century Modern + Scandinavian Nursery

If you are into crisp, clean Mod looks, this is one of our favorite baby room ideas! The crib’s form with angled legs, stylish rocking chair with tweed fabric, and the geometric print rug bring a bold, mid-century modern look. The striking black and white patterned rug creates a bold anchor for the design and the soft tufting makes for a cozy, baby-friendly play space where you can sit on the floor with a soft cushion.

Two woven baskets offer easy toy/blanket/book storage and the mid-century modern table lamp is one of the best ideas for practical light for rocking baby and reading. The cool map adds a pop of color and works well with the olive accent wall, which is neutral but still aligns with the mod color palette. This is a great design idea for parents who love mid-century modern but want a clutter-free nursery that’s 100% gender-neutral!

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baby room design, nursery designA Modern Rustic Nursery Look

Nothing says comfy and cozy like earth tones and rustic baby room ideas! This room features a mid-century modern crib and rocking chair that blend perfectly with rustic elements like the leather material, woven items, and soothing color scheme. The colors are earthy but stay muted for a baby-friendly atmosphere—a must-have for nap time! Texture and patterns play a big role in this design—the distressed vintage style of the rug adds visual depth and the trio of lidded jute baskets add texture and makes it easy to hide baby items.

The pouf is great for sitting on the floor with the baby or kicking your feet up in the rocking chair, and the leather material is durable and easy to wipe down. And we just love the touch of whimsy the cloud mobile adds to the room! This look is great for parents who like an earthy touch with a nod to mid-century modern style.

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baby room design, nursery designA Classic-Meets-Eclectic Nursery Design

Eclectic style is all about mixing things up. This nursery design features a traditional crib, a transitional armchair, and a cool, contemporary ottoman. The bright and high-contrast color palette is the staple of great eclectic design—it has both personality and cohesion that helps bring all the different elements together.

The slipcover lounge chair is ideal for a nursery because it’s easy to clean, soft, durable. A light rug adds soft landing on the floor and brightens up the contrast with darker wallpaper. And the starburst pendant light adds an unexpected metallic pop to baby’s room! This is a great style/space for parents who love color and excitement in a nursery space.

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baby room design, nursery designTransitional Nursery Style

If you love bright, playful baby room ideas, this transitional style room might be the look for you! It has a simple color palette of blue, grey and white that is super fun and bright without being too overwhelming. The chair is anchored on a faux fur rug for soft touch so it’s inviting and cozy for parent and child to read together. And the layout offers a view of the beautiful scenery and lots of natural light.

This convertible bed is ideal because it can start as a crib and transition into a toddler bed. It’s great for parents who don’t want to switch up furniture and decor as baby grows up. The rug anchored under toddler bed offers a soft spot to play once they’re up and out of bed. The dresser is a transitional piece too—just add a changing pad topper to make it a changing table and take it away when no longer needed! The moonlight lamp doubles as decor and light—perfect for the “no-frills” parents out there!

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4 Pretty Nursery Designs To Inspire Your Own

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Looking at nursery designs for your soon-to-be little one? You might have discovered that designing a nursery is no walk in the park. There are a million things to consider: What’s the best spot for the crib? What about the changing table? How can we make it cute? With so many things to tackle, it’s no wonder pulling together a nursery can feel overwhelming. Not to mention there’s that less-than-nine-months from now deadline you can’t miss!

It’s easy to see why many expecting parents look for design help when creating their nursery. We’ve rounded up 4 Modsy nursery designs to show you some of the possibilities for yours. Read on to get inspired and pick up tips for designing your own nursery space—and make it look as cute as you imagined!

Nursery Design #1: Classic & Playful

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Even in a nursery, you can’t go wrong with a classic blue and white color scheme. It’s a universal palette that’ll give your nursery a fun, fresh feel.

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  • Starry wallpaper (or one with an adorable pattern) is a great way to give the room playful theme.
  • A dangling mobile for a fun little accent that will catch your baby’s eye.
  • Fun and geometric rugs to add a pop of pattern to the floors.
  • A circular pendant for another intriguing sculptural element.

nursery designsMake It Work For You With…

  • A classic, comfy armchair where you can relax while your little one naps or sleeps.
  • Reading lamps and a small pouf with your armchair to give yourself a little resting corner.
  • A dresser with a changing table topper, which can be used for years to come in a kid’s room and even in a teenagers.

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Nursery Design #2: Elegant & Restful

nursery designsPlaying with nursery designs in a small space can be an added challenge. If you have a small space for your nursery, go for a soothing vibe with soft-colored walls, like a pale green, that also feels pretty. Once you have that, all you need are a few elegant pieces to really make the space feel warm and inviting.

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Make It Cute With…

  • Fun animal art in the form of soft focus pictures, watercolors, and illustrations.
  • Adorable wall decor, like a hanging bookshelf and charming coat hooks.
  • A little plant, like a cactus or a mini tree, is perfect for a little one’s first bedroom.

Make It Work For You With…

  • A modern rocking chair for you to cradle your newborn in. It’s just as good, if not better, than a rocking cradle.
  • A small dresser instead of a changing table to save space and add more storage.
  • Versatile moveable pieces, like a pouf or a stool that you can pull into another room if your little one wants to crawl on the ground and you need more floor space.

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Nursery Design #3: Eclectic & Colorful

nursery designsYou can also go bold with color to make your nursery a warm and vibrant hideout for you and your little one. Navy is a great shade for a backdrop that provides a welcoming atmosphere. This particular nursery design has a nice nook that gets lots of light and also fits a bookcase, which makes for a great “library” for children’s books.

nursery designsMake It Cute With…

  • A red patterned rug with a trad pattern to brighten up the navy walls and to add a fun eye-catching element to the room.
  • Nature art, like desert landscapes and florals that, which will enliven the space.
  • Plants galore. We’re talking everything from a small fern and hanging plants to a leafy tree for the corner, all of which will help to warm up the space.

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  • Lots of pillows that you can throw on the ground as a pillow for your baby’s head when they’re out of the crib. But make sure to keep all the pillows out of the crib!
  • Multiple baskets for holding toys and stuffed animals. Because let’s face it, there will be a handful and plenty more to come!

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Nursery Design #4: Modern & Artful

nursery designsThere’s no reason you can’t have stylish furniture and cool art in your nursery designs. After all, it should be a place where everyone feels at ease and wants to spend time in. Try a neutral palette, then add modern furniture pieces with clean lines for a cool, laid-back look.

nursery designsMake It Cute With…

  • A stimulating mix of artwork, such as animal, floral, and graphic pieces that give the space a lively, collected feel.
  • A stylish, streamlined crib that becomes the focus in the room.
  • A durable striped rug in warm neutrals that adds function and also an inviting tone.

Make It Work For You With…

  • A neutral color palette keeps things the room from feeling stuffy. No need to stick to white, either. Go for soft grays and even an off-white, which can open up a small room.
  • Mid-century designs that have staying power even after your little one’s outgrown the nursery. The pieces can easily be used in other rooms in the future.

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