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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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Small Space Style: 8 Design Tips for Small Nurseries

So, you’re designing a nursery? First off, congratulations! Baby nurseries are such a fun design project, often filled with hopes, dreams, and lots of love. Honestly, putting them together is almost as much for new parents to mentally and emotionally prepare for a new baby as they are, on a practical level, actually for the baby! (And designing a nursery is a great outlet for when those nesting instincts kick in!) Plus, it’s so fun to explore nursery design ideas and look at all the cute baby gear out there.

However, when you’re working with a small space, coming up with ideas for a baby room can be challenging. Small nurseries are especially tricky to design, since there are certain pieces of furniture you need to include—like a crib and a changing table—that take up significant space. But it’s definitely possible to create a nursery in even the smallest of spaces!

While what one decides to include in a nursery is certainly unique to every family, and what works best for you might be different for someone else, there are a few tips that can help you make the most of your small space. Keep reading for our designers’ 8 best small nursery design tips!

small nursery design1. Opt For A Mini Crib

The first of our small nursery ideas? Opt for a mini crib. A mini crib is just what it sounds like—a crib, but smaller. But it doesn’t stay that way forever! Mini cribs start small, but then grow and expand with your baby. Some can even turn into toddler beds, which is a great investment as your baby grows. This style of crib is great for small spaces, as it only takes up the space that the baby needs. And a style with rounded corners is actually great for small spaces, as they’re easier to move around—and more kid-friendly once your baby is up and walking around, since there are no sharp corners to tumble into!

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small nursery design2. Try a 2-in-1 Changing Table Dresser

There’s no need to invest in a dresser and changing table when you’re dealing with tiny space designs. Just add a changing table topper to your dresser-top for a 2-in-1 piece! This is also more practical, because when your baby grows up and out of diapers, you can simply remove the topper and they’ll have a dresser for their childhood room (or you can use it elsewhere in your home). This can work on any dresser that’s large enough—though it obviously works better on lower dressers so that baby is at the right height when you’re changing their diaper! Simply add changing items like diapers, wipes, and creams in a caddy or basket either on the dresser top as well or within close reach for easy diaper changes!

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3. Use Baskets For Under-Crib Storage

The space under the crib is wasted real estate—and in a small nursery design, you can’t afford to waste any space! So, make use of one of our go-to small space hacks and add low-height baskets or bins underneath to get some storage out of this extra space. They’re great for storing blankets, baby clothes, toys, or anything else your baby needs. The best part? They keep things safe and organized and don’t take up any additional space in the nursery!

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small nursery design4. Hang Shelves On The Wall

Another small nursery idea to get added storage without taking up floor space? Hang shelves on the wall above other furniture. This is a great way to utilize vertical space in a room—one of our favorite small bedroom design tips. Added shelving gives you a place to store anything from books and toys to diapers, blankets, or clothing. Tuck a reading or toy storage area under the shelves for a double duty space!

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small nursery design5. Utilize Book Ledges

Reading with your baby is a wonderful way to help their brain develop and expose them to new vocabulary—which makes a bookcase an essential in a nursery for reading time. But bookcases can take up a lot of valuable floor space in a small nursery. To save floor space while still having ample book storage within reach, mount a book ledge or narrow bookcase to the wall. This is also great as your baby gets older; you can swap out a glider for a kiddie chair and turn this area into a toddler reading nook where they can grab and look through books themselves! (This is also a perfect idea for a playroom design!)

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small nursery design6. Keep The Design Minimal

To make your small space feel open and tidy, keep the design minimal. A light and bright color scheme, like this neutral and earth-toned space, is a great place to start. Then, include only the essential furniture—a mini crib and a low but ample storage dresser with a changing table topper. This is all you really need, without any frills or extras! You can also hang lights on the wall instead of using floor or table lamps to save on floor and surface space. Here, we opted for a hanging pendant, which also adds some nice texture to the space. Sometimes keeping things simple is best!

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small nursery design7. Repurpose The Closet

Here’s another one of our favorite small nursery ideas: repurpose the closet in your baby’s room. Since babies don’t really require hanging storage, consider repurposing a closet into a full baby storage area! Remove the closet doors and any built-in shelving or rods, then find as large of a dresser as will fit into the closet. This eliminates the need to have a dresser take up floor space in the actual room! (And don’t forget to place a changing table topper on top for a triple-duty space!) Add floating shelves above for decor and keepsakes, and to store special books. We also love the idea of adding wallpaper and art into this nook to make the area feel extra stylish and fun.

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small nursery design8. Trust Your Nursery Design To The Experts

If you’re still struggling with how to fit all of your baby’s necessities into a small nursery, we can help. Our Modsy designers are experts in online interior design, and have tons of small space hacks up their sleeves. When you purchase a design package from Modsy, one of our designers will create a 3D, to scale model of the nursery and help you find pieces that will fit in the room and suit your style. Make this one less thing to stress about as you get ready for baby! And if you want help with other rooms in your home, our designers can also help guide you toward kid-friendly living room design tips, or even help you with specifics like baby-safe coffee table tips. We’re here for you every step of the way!

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A Sweet & Serene Nursery: Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery

Now that the hard baby-making work is over, it’s time to design your new nursery. Congratulations! As the room where your little one and you will spend lots of time learning and snuggling and playing together, it is important that this be a space you enjoy spending time in.

To help, we’re serving up a little design inspiration for s sweet, serene, and gender-neutral nursery.

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Color Outside the Pink and Blue Lines

For a gender-neutral nursery, opt for light and fresh colors to keep the space feeling open and airy. We love incorporating playful elements like stars, moons, and animals for a slightly whimsical touch!

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The best part about a gender-neutral nursery? You can easily re-purpose all the pieces later down the line if, say, another stork arrives bearing a new bundle of joy!

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Go For Multi-Purpose Pieces

Get some extra milage out of your pieces by thinking about how they can continue to be used later, as your little one grows up. We love cribs that convert into toddler beds and accessories that are not so babyish that they can’t be displayed elsewhere in your home.

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Bring It to Life

Sometimes the hardest part of designing a nursery is getting your better half on board with your vision. The best way to convince them? Show how your ideas would look before making any commitments. As one happy Modsy customer said, “Once my husband saw how the furniture and decor looked fit in our nursery, he was absolutely on board with everything.”

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