A baby is a blessing that can bring light and love to any family. For first-time parents, however, the anticipation that comes before the baby's arrival can often be daunting, perhaps even a bit scary. There are a ton of decisions to be made which go beyond just the choosing of the baby's name, and this includes the preparation of the nursery that your bundle of joy will be occupying.
While a baby's room can be a great source of joy and a place where both parents can relax while spending time with their newborn, putting one together can be overwhelming. But have no fear! Here you can find 20 of our favorite nursery designs that will surely inspire you and give you plenty of ideas to work with for your own baby's nursery.
Lauren Behfarin of laurenbehfarindesign.com
Walking into this nursery, your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the woodsy wallpaper that spans an entire wall behind the crib. The tree trunk drawn on the chalkboard wall adjacent to it continues what is essentially a modern woodland theme. And that was exactly what designer Lauren Behfarin was aiming for! A Manhattan-native, Lauren started her career in the corporate offices of fashion, before combining those work experiences with a passion for interiors to launch her own business, Lauren Behfarin Design.
Beth Bourque of bethbourquedesign.com
When both parents grew up in Cape Cod, a nautical-themed nursery is bound to be an option. Just take a look at this gorgeous baby’s room thoughtfully decorated with nautical details. Credits go to interior designer Beth Bourque, whose philosophy is “great design within every budget”. Described as a visionary and forward-thinker, Beth has transformed interiors ranging from the residential to the commercial.
Joanna Goddard of cupofjo.com
When you’re designing a nursery for two boys, a lot of colorful toys and fun accessories are in order! Just like the playful interiors of this boys’ room by Joanna Goddard, the founder of blogging site A Cup of Jo. Born a twin in Paris, she spent most of her childhood and the suburbs of Michigan, and moved to New York after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2001. Joanna now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two little boys.
Emily Henderson of stylebyemilyhenderson.com
Adorable bunnies provided the perfect theme for this nursery, and you can’t have too many of them in the room! This bright little space is all thanks to Emily Henderson, a home-style expert who believes that something vintage or antique is necessary to prevent a room from being soulless. An Oregon native who trained in New York, Emily now spends time in L.A. styling, writing, designing, blogging, hosting TV shows, and rearing up a son (and soon, a daughter) as normally as she possibly can in Hollywood!
Julie Blanner of julieblanner.com
Neutral colors and dainty little details make this room simply lovely to behold. This is the brainchild of Julie Blanner, whose style of home design and effortless entertaining converts well to a little girl’s nursery. Julie started out in the events planning industry, before applying her signature flair into a lifestyle blog that’s chockfull of creativity and recipes.
Holly Becker of decor8blog.com
The color coming from the wallpaper certainly draws attention, but it’s the little artsy installations that truly complete the fun factor in this nursery by Holly Becker. An American stylist, author, and photographer, Holly is considered to be a pioneer of the design blog movement. She is also a multi-award winning blogger and tastemaker whose influence has reached hundreds of thousands of fans, through both her online and offline work.
Nicole Balch of makingitlovely.com
The white walls in this nursery work very well with all the wooden furniture pieces, and provide the perfect background for the pops of color from the art installations, beddings, rugs, and toys. Nicole Balch, the designer behind this interesting baby's room, is both a mom to the boy occupying this nursery, and a blogger with a love for decorating. Having started her lifestyle blog in 2007 which continues to thrive even today, Nicole writes about decorating, fashion, and married life as a mother of three young kids.
Lucinda Pace of laurelandwolf.com
The neutral palette used in this gorgeous space is accented with feminine pieces that make for a sweet baby's room. The work of Lucinda Pace, this nursery is a delightful deviance from the typical pinks and purples that usually adorn a baby girl's nursery. Lucinda favors a fluffy and shiny design aesthetic, and believes that safe is boring. She specializes in art selection, color and finish consulting, as well as sustainability in design.
Erin Olson Moser of houseofturquoise.com
Bold reds, bright blues and turquoise, and eye-catching yellows set among interesting patterns all come together to create a fun living space that parents can enjoy with their child. Erin Olson Moser is the talented decorator behind this nursery, and her love for turquoise and design eye candy have inspired a lot of people to decorate with the said color as a part of their design palette. Her blog, House of Torquoise, is full of photos and inspirations that center around her favorite color,and all its shades.
Joni Lay of laybabylay.com
The high ceiling and wilderness-inspired pieces and accents make for a tastefully-decorated baby boy's nursery. This animal and safari-themed room is the work of Joni Lay and her sister. Joni Lay is a mother of two who shares some of ther motherhood experiences and creative space design ideas on her blog.
Sarah Sherman Samuel of sarahshermansamuel.com
A nursery that's perfect for parents who'd prefer to be surprised about their baby's gender is one that's gender neutral - something much like this room, which is credited to Sarah Sherman Samuel. Sarah has a BFA in design, and started her career in advertising before realizing her specialty in surface and product design. She's also an expert in color and pattern, and is known for creating distinctive spaces by combining styles effortlessly.
Brittany Makes of brittanymakes.com
The large colorful rug that covers almost the entire expanse of the floor certainly grabs attention, but it also works quite well as the glue that holds the whole design and layout together. This bright and cheery nursery is the work of designer Brittany, who, interestingly, also works as an accountant by day. Frugal and creative, she designs jewelry and takes delight in transforming seemingly invaluable pieces to treasures. A passionate DIY advocate whose expertise lies in the use of vintage rugs and textiles, Brittany also maintains a blog where she showcases her creativity and design inspirations.
Dina Holland of dinahollandinteriors.com
The room design is pleasant enough, but the bold wallpaper on the ceiling makes this one nursery that is both eye-catching and forward-thinking. It's the work of Dina Holland, a designer whose passion is in creating inviting, timeless, and livable family-friendly spaces. Her designing journey started from a blog that featured simple DIY projects, and with the increasing number of people she inspired, it eventually grew to a business.
Emily Hewett of awelldressedhome.com
A room fit for a little princess? That just about sums up this luxurious room by Emily Hewett, a design consultant and entrepreneur. From a very young age, Emily always knew that she wanted, and what she wanted was to be a part of the world of design. This passion encouraged her to launch her own design business, which she did in 2010, and since then, she has been turning antiquated spaces into functional and sophisticated family retreats.
Darlene Weir of fieldstonehilldesign.com
The combination of reds and fuchsias with dark wood and leather furniture set amidst light-colored walls make this nursery look both sophisticated and unique. The Peruvian accent pieces only serve to enhance the eye-catching aspect of this room. It is the work of Darlene Weir - blogger, dreamer, and interior designer. Darlene believes that having a design vision helps in giving your decorating projects focus. Her passion for beautiful things and spaces are evident in her blog, where she shares decorating tips as well as designing lessons.
Kathryn (Welsh) Cherne of designinside.com
Designing a room for twins is no easy task, but this nursery shows you how it's done. From the matching cribs to the comfortable rugs on the floor, this is the perfect example of how no space is too small - even when you're expecting two babies to occupy one nursery. Kathryn (Welsh) Cherne is the lead designer and owner of Design Inside Chicago, the team responsible for this room. She was a lab manager for the University of Michigan before finally deciding to follow her true calling of working as an interior designer. Her expansive design knowledge is the fuel behind the success of her interior design business.
Kristin Helms of Thetribemagazine.com
It's very easy to come up with a sporty nursery design when you're expecting a boy. This vintage sports-themed nursery shows you exactly how you can take a sports theme to the next level (and prevent it from being too over-the-top sporty) by incorporating a vintage feel to the decorations. This one is credited to Kristin Helms, founder and editor-in-chief of Tribe Magazine. She also blogs at The Mommy Project San Diego, where she features her unforgettable experiences in parenthood, as well as the changes that came with it. Before starting a family, she worked in marketing and public relations.
Kati Curtis of katicurtisdesign.com
This nursery can best be described as minimally modern, yet it certainly makes quite an impact - and it's all thanks to Kati Curtis Design. The design company's principal and founder, Kati Curtis, is a certified interior designer, and an expert in energy efficient design. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is recognized as a design influencer. Kati also believes in sustainability, and uses her expertise in energy efficient design to her advantage on this aspect.
Jennifer McAliley of scissorsandspatulas.com
The combination of colors and details in this nursery exudes an aura of charm and sophistication. It's a sweet baby boy's room that is both visually appealing and comfortable. Coffee-loving mom Jennifer McAliley used her hands and skills to bring her creative ideas to reality in this catalogue-ready nursery. A mother of two, Jen also shares her ideas on her online blog, where she writes about DIY projects, recipes, kids, and family life.
Chloe Fleury of chloefleury.com
Bunnies and babies just go so well together, don't they? So much so that it's the bunny theme that makes this nursery look both stylish and baby-friendly. This "bunnyland" is a brainchild of French illustrator Chloe Fleury. Based in San Francisco, she is also a prop stylist who likes to work with flat sheets of paper. Using her artistic talents, she transforms them into 3D projects that she uses in her editorial, window display, and advertising work.