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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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My Modsy Story: How Modsy’s VP of Style Designed a Small Nursery With Major Style

When Modsy’s VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, found out she was pregnant, she was thrilled—both by her growing family and her chance to design a nursery with historical style.

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Name: Alessandra Wood

Occupation: VP of Style at Modsy by day, Design History professor by night

Location: Pacifica, CA

Her Style: Less is More Chic with a whimsical antique flair

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The Backstory

My husband and I purchased our home 2 years ago. It was our first home together, and we knew it was the place where we’d start our family. We loved that there was this tiny room off the main bedroom that we hoped one day could be our nursery.

Like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room.

Before I got pregnant we used the space as a dressing room, which was nice, especially after years of living in a tiny, 495 square foot apartment in San Francisco. But, like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room. Fortunately, after a lot of meditation, a little luck, and a good dose of science, I finally found out I was pregnant in March of 2020!

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The Design Dilemma

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Not only do I teach design history, but I’ve worked in tech and

San Francisco interior design at  Modsy for over 5 years. I knew using Modsy’s life-like 3D designs would help me find the right layout and furniture for my nursery and alleviate the pressure I was putting on myself.

Real Home Nursery DesignMy vision was to create a space rooted in classic design with a few modern pieces sprinkled in for a collected vibe. I also wanted to buy furniture that would last for years so my baby could grow-up with beautifully crafted pieces that had ties to the past while being part of her future. But I struggled to decide what pieces I really needed in the room—did I want a regular size crib or a mini crib to save space? Did I need a changing table? What about a glider? I clearly didn’t have room to squeeze in both.

I also had a few unique pieces in mind that I wanted to see designed into the space to make sure I loved how it looked. The first was an antique-inspired brass crib. I knew it would fit perfectly in the space based on measurements, but I wasn’t sure if it would look too big or bulky. The second was a gorgeous William Morris wallpaper called Pimpernel. As anyone who’s listened to my podcast, The Render, knows, I’m a huge fan of Victorian-era design, and Morris is one of my all-time favorite designers.

One of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. 

Lastly, one of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. Doves symbolize peace, love, and fidelity, so including this gift from her in the space really brought home the importance of surrounding the baby with art and storytelling.

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The Modsy Moment

As both a design expert and someone who’s used the tech, I can tell you that seeing your space in 3D with all the design elements in place is really empowering and was really reassuring for me with this important project.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

The best part was the 3D designs made it easy for me to share my vision with my husband, so we were both invested and happy with space. Plus, his parents wanted to gift us a crib, and being able to show them the antique-inspired brass one we wanted via the 3D design was a great way to share our vision and excitement.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

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The Real Results

Now that the designs are complete everything in the space feels specifically chosen for our baby. I wanted her to be surrounded by good design and imagery that would shape her childhood memories as well as pieces that could be in her room and our home for decades to come. Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my nursery design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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5 Stylish Nursery Designs for The Chic Little One in Your Life

Awaiting the arrival of a joyful new addition to your family? Needless to say you’ve got a lot to think about with a new baby on the way—but it’s never too early to start thinking about nursery designs! It’s important to think about comfort and functionality in a nursery. And since you’ll be spending nearly as much time in the new room as your baby will, you want the nursery furniture and interior design to reflect your personal taste.

If you are planning a nursery, you may have noticed the growing trend toward super chic and simple nursery decor. Out with the clutter and cramped spaces and in with a new nursery interior design that embraces both form and function for a stylishly chic space both you and your little one will love! Take a look at these 5 nursery designs that are as stylish and fun as you are.

blue nursery duesignClassic Blue Babe

There’s no doubt this nursery decor is in vogue! It centers around Classic Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year. This stately, warm blue is kind of the millennial pink of blues and doesn’t feel gendered at all. It’s a calming shade that works well for accent walls, floor-to-ceiling drapes, wall art, rugs and nursery decor items.

This room balances it out with neutrals to make the space even more serene. A few smart storage solutions help keep the clutter at bay and there is plenty of space to change into a kids room as your little one grows. (You can even add an additional bed if a sibling joins the party!)

boho nursery ideasEclectic and Artsy

If you want to pass your boho tastes on to your baby, this eclectic and artsy nursery interior design scheme might be just the thing. The room features patterns galore so the nursery will be alive with unique design elements! It also features fun art on the walls and stuffed animals to make it extra warm and inviting. Try to anchor the design on a color palette to make sure your nursery feels cohesive and not too busy.

Cozy and Colorful

If you’re into plush and cozy nursery designs, try out a cozy and colorful scheme like this. It features warm tones, natural materials, and extra cozy touches all around. The rainbow tapestry behind the crib is a family favorite and the soft colors pull together the make the room feel bright and sunny.

Pro-Tip: For the kiddo prone to ripping things off the wall, pull crib into the center of the room—that way little hands can’t grab onto any wall decor.

nursery ideasMagical Playspace

Nothing says nursery interior design like baby animals, unicorns, and stars! These elements make for a dreamy nursery escape that you and baby will love. It features a peachy shade of pink that casts a warm glow throughout the room. Pair that with lots of cozy textures and you have a delightfully decorated dreamland for your new babe.

The room also has a cool dresser with a changing table top. It’s a great investment piece—when baby grows out of it, just take off the top and use it as a regular dresser for years to come!

tropical nursery designTropical Tot

For a little taste of paradise in your nursery designs, try out the tropical flavor of this room! It is packed with gorgeous leafy prints, natural materials and a neutral color palette to complement the wallpaper. Add in a few fun animal touches, like the safari animal wall-mounted decor here. The future animal lover will be excited to find them and you can add to the collection as your little one gets older!

 

Need help with your nursery project?

A nursery is such a wonderful addition to your house because it means a little one is on the way! Maybe you’ve started gathering style inspiration for your nursery design already—looking at Pinterest boards, asking friends, or checking Instagram hashtags.

If so, you may have discovered that few home projects are as monumental as decorating a nursery! From finding the right nursery furniture to thinking about how the space will grow with your child over the years, a nursery project is certainly no easy task. But don’t fret, consider us your personal nursery interior designer—from the layout to the furniture, we can help you complete your project and design a beautiful baby nursery you and your new family member will enjoy.

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