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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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How Modsy’s CEO Turned Her Breakfast Nook into a Charming Nursery Design

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In preparation for their first baby, Modsy CEO Shanna Tellerman and her husband, West, were in need of a nursery design. Like all expecting parents, they knew it would be a project that required time and attention. But, between life and busy work schedules, the project quickly began to feel overwhelming.

Enter our Modsy design team, who swooped in to help Shanna and her husband with the heavy-lifting. The challenge? Designing a space that worked for all their needs – from devising a layout inside what was previously their breakfast nook, to finding perfect-fit furniture.

Here, Shanna shares her nursery design journey as an expecting mom and a few lessons she learned along the way while working with the team to create a petite and charming nursery nook in her home.

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Given their home’s odd layout of rooms, Shanna and her husband decided to turn their breakfast nook into the nursery for their new baby.

Lesson 1: Every Space Has Design Potential

“We live in a San Francisco cottage-style home on a very steep hill, which means it has an unusual layout. Our bedroom is on the first floor and there are two more bedrooms one floor below. We definitely did not want to put the nursery downstairs as it would be too far from our bedroom. Of course, this left us with very few options for where it could go…

We have a breakfast nook next to our bedroom, but it is fairly small and has an awkward shape with tricky dimensions. Given that, we hadn’t considered it seriously as a possibility for the nursery, but after giving it some thought, we realized this nook was the perfect spot all along.

Not only was it right outside our bedroom, it also has great windows and gets beautiful light. So, despite the unusual shape and size, we decided to figure out the best way to make use of the space as our new nursery. It’s a good thing we didn’t rule it out from the start!”

“This felt like the perfect room for Modsy since we wanted to envision how an unusual space with tricky dimensions could go from a functioning kitchen seating area into a cozy nursery.”

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Above left: A Modsy rendering of the breakfast nook-turned-nursery with furnishings that combining Shanna’s rustic style and her husband’s more modern taste. Right: After photo of Shanna’s real-life nursery now, fully furnished.

Lesson 2: You Can Have a Vision And Still Struggle With It

“Like many new moms-to-be, I spent my fair share of time gathering inspiration on Pinterest. I found that I really liked all the gender-neutral nurseries with gray tones, but my husband and I also wanted some splashes of color to keep the space bright and lively.

That’s when I realized we didn’t actually have a strong vision for how we wanted the space to look. As much as I thought we knew what we wanted, it became clear to me that we needed help finding products and pulling the actual space together. After all, this is our first baby and first nursery!”

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nursery designsLesson 3: Trust (And Enjoy!) The Design Process

“When our Modsy team stepped in to help with the nursery design, I was reminded how designing a space is never an instant journey from zero to perfection. It’s not about everything being exactly the way I want, right from the start; it’s about being open to fresh perspectives and surprises. And as it was, I wanted all the input I could get.

The next thing I knew, the team surprised us with an initial 3D design that was so sweet and spot-on, that my husband and I immediately fell in love. In particular, we loved the baby animal prints on the back wall. These were not part of our plan, but seeing them in the space (virtually) helped us decide to give the nursery an animal theme.”

“[My husband] West was involved at every step. There were moments when I got really hung up deciding between the different options for our space, and he was always good at making a final call.”

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After seeing baby animal prints in their 3D design, Shanna and her husband decided to go with an animal theme in their nursery design.

Lesson 4: Finding The Right Furniture Is Worth Your Time

“I’m not going to lie, I did a TON of research on baby furniture because I wanted to ensure the pieces we chose would be safe and functional. But I was nonetheless amazed to learn that we really only needed to purchase three key pieces: A bassinet, a recliner, and a changing table. This actually made perfect sense for our small space and was really everything we needed.

One of the first things I learned as an expecting mom, which may be obvious to everyone else, was that babies don’t sleep in cribs until they’re six months or older. This was actually a relief given our tiny space. So instead, we purchased the Halo Swivel Sleeper bassinet that can easily be moved from our room to the nursery (we’ll hold off on tackling the crib until we set up the baby’s downstairs bedroom).

Recliners are very much a personal choice, and my research really helped me understand which features most people appreciate. We knew we wanted one with a footrest and a tall back that we could lean our heads against. I was able to pass this information on to the team, and they helped us find an option – the DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider – that perfectly fit our needs.

Knowing what furniture we needed really helped things come together quickly. Then, we were able to focus on the fun part – accessorizing the space!”

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“Safety and functionality concerns are a big part of the decision-making process for many new parents when designing a nursery. I realized that the more I was able to communicate my ideas and hesitations about the design along the way, the easier it became for my designer to understand what the perfect nursery was for me.”  

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Lesson 5: Personal Touches Make All The Difference

“Our parents sent us a big box of all the books they read us when we were young (some are even the original copies). We filled the bookshelves with them to make it a prominent part of the space.

We love that our nursery is filled with memories from our own childhoods. It’s the perfect special touch that helps personalize the space.”

nursery designsLesson 6: Always Leave Room to Grow (And Redesign!)

“We definitely hope to keep several parts of the room throughout our baby’s childhood. And we specifically picked pieces that would have longevity beyond the nursery years.

The changing table is actually the Ever Simple Wide Dresser with a perfectly fitted changing table topper from Crate & Kids. We really liked this option because we can secure and remove the topper as needed, and even convert the whole thing into a regular dresser once we move beyond the diaper phase.

We chose the Denim Rag Rug from Dash & Albert because it’s especially durable (it can withstand traffic and is easy to clean) and it added the right color and warmth to the space. The side table, animal prints, and bookshelves are all super versatile and will also likely make the move into a toddler and, eventually, big kid room as well.

Ultimately, everything we chose for this room could be used again if we have a second child in a few years because we’ve kept it so gender neutral – and we love that.”

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