Preparing a baby’s nursery is a major factor of nesting. If you’re expecting, you’re likely considering things like crib sheets, changing table options, and baby-appropriate wall hangings. All of these decisions hinge on one question: What’s your nursery theme?
Whether you want to go gender neutral or blow out your nursery in whimsical jungle creatures like giraffes and lions, choosing an idea to focus on will help make all of your other nursery decorating decisions easier. But where to begin?
Much like a baby name brainstorm, building a list of ideas to pull from is a great place to start. You can add images to Pinterest or go old school and break out the glue sticks to craft your own baby room mood board. Either way, compiling what you like will help you make the big decorating decisions as well as stick to a budget that fits your lifestyle.
If that sounds like more work than you bargained for, that’s understandable; what mom incubating a wee babe has time for interior design? Don’t fret. Your list is our command. From space to storybook characters, beach scenes to Curious George, the brainstorming has been done for you with this list of nursery theme ideas.
1 Rainbow Room
Whether you want to have someone use calligraphy to write “Somewhere over the rainbow” on one wall or just want a rainbow mural, this is a happy theme for a nursery.
2 Forest Creatures
You could go Beatrix Potter with darling bunnies or make your own DIY woodland scene. Pull in interesting textures like fuzzy pillows in green or blue cloud drapes to complete the picture.
3 Under the Sea
Imagine the dreams your little babe will have sleeping amongst a world of undersea animals. Think Orca whales, coral, octopus, and starfish.
4 Bamboo Forest
Pandas are such sweet looking characters. And you can have fun by creating an entire bamboo forest in your baby’s room.
5 Reptile Center
Think: snake wallpaper, lizard pillows, and Komodo dragon framed images. A reptilian nursery could actually be an exotically cozy affair.
6 Cedar Look
Remember the book
Snow Falling on Cedars? It’s descriptions of flakes lightly covering a Pacific Northwest cedar forest were so evocative. Use it to inspire your baby’s room. 7 Beach Scene
If you’re already planning to deploy a white noise machine gently playing sounds of the ocean to rock your baby to sleep, then keep that vibe going with a beach scene nursery. You can go find palm pictured wallpaper and even install an aquarium if you want to give it a literal vibe.
8 Grey Garden
You could do a modern and moody gray looking that will be a calming force on those nights your baby keeps you up with colic.
9 Metallic Motif
Utilizing metal can make for a stunning baby room. Whether as an accent, like gilded mirrors or frames or on surfaces, such as a metal changing table, this gender neutral material will easily transition once your baby moves out of their crib.
10 Moody Blues
Cool shades of blue make for a relaxing space. And isn’t that what everyone wants for their baby’s room? A place where they can feel safe and calm?
11 Mountain Vista
If nothing says comfort to you like a fireplace and picture window overlooking a mountain range, you can bring that same energy to a baby room with exposed wood, handhewn baby furnishings and black and white images of places like the Rockies or Cascade ranges.
12 Rocket Launch
Ground control to Baby Tom. If you love David Bowie or played Elton John’s “Rocket Man” on repeat while your child was in utero, perhaps a
rocket launch motif would make a great nursery. You could even employ an artist to paint a rocket launch mural on the wall. 13 Alien Invasion
Love extraterrestrials? Want to spark your child’s imagination about life beyond our solar system before they can even say the word solar system? Then an alien nursery is for you.
14 Star Wars
Baby Yoda, Mando, Luke Skywalker, heck, why not throw in a few Stormtroopers too, with a
Star Wars nursery. Given the galaxy of decor options the franchise has produced, you should have no problem decorating a room that looks right out of a galaxy far, far away. 15 Mickey Mouse
Mouseketeers need not look too far for Mickey Mouse nursery inspiration. A quick Google will show you all kinds of decor items, from
crib sheets to wallpaper. 16 Toy Story
A Pixar fan favorite,
Toy Story makes a great nursery theme as its plot takes place in a child’s bedroom. Decorate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys and you’re all set. 17 Space
Want to go outer limits with your baby room look? Think out of this atmosphere. Space, as it turns out, can be the final interior design frontier. And maybe inspire your baby to get into astronomy one day.
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Frozen. An ice castle landscape can set the stage with blue and grey accents throughout. 19 Charlie Brown Charlie Brown has been bringing kids joy for 70-plus years, so is it any wonder it's often a go-to nursery choice? Lucy, Linus, and of course, Charlie, make for a great mural in a kids room along with matching crib accessories. 20 Finding Nemo
“Just keep swimming” has become a repeated phrase told to children to keep their heads up and keep moving forward. You can encourage that same attitude by decorating a baby room to look like the reef where Nemo lives in the movie of the same name.
21 Hello Kitty
Who doesn’t love the pink kitten of Hello Kitty fame? As you must expect, this brand has produced every
conceivable nursery item necessary to give your baby the ultimate Hello Kitty world. 22 Rainbow Brite
Eighties kids loved themselves some Rainbow Brite, so why not bring the cute cartoon character back to your baby’s bedroom? You can go literal and put a big cutout of the character on the wall. Or just
use rainbows to decorate the space. 23 Zebra Pattern
You don’t have to go ham on wild animals to give the flavor of the natural world. Stick with an animal pattern and you can create a chic baby room. For instance, zebra print interlaced in wall art and a faux fur rug can look great.
24 Winnie the Pooh Nursery
Pooh Bear is a kid classic. So it’s a natural fit for a nursery room theme. You could frame illustrations from a Pooh book or have someone paint a personalized mural for your baby’s room.
25 Farm Life
Whether you’re interested in a rodeo vibe or simple country chic, cow print can have a fun effect. Plus, exposed wood frames can add a farm feel.
26 Eye of the Tiger Design
Use tiger pattern to hint at a jungle vibe in your baby’s room. Or go all out and have someone paint a pair of tiger eyes above the crib.
27 Peter Pan
The Lost Boys and Tinkerbell are all part of one of the most magical storybook world’s ever to be created. Create your own Neverland for your baby’s room.
28 Harry Potter
Hogwarts may not be real, but you can use your imagination to create your own interpretation for your baby’s nursery.
29 Paddington Bear
He’s a sweet bumbling bear who wears a pea coat and a red hat. What’s not to love? Why not decorate a room in an homage to Paddington Bear?
30 Curious George
If you know you’re going to be raising your own curious little monkey, give your baby a role model: Curious George. A wall featuring the Man in the Yellow hat and George floating with the help of some balloons says it all.
31 The Little Prince
The philosophical tale of
The Little Prince, a boy who finds himself traveling to different planets is a bit of a lonely tale, but the illustrations are so charming, they’ve become a nursery room staple. 32 The Hungry Caterpillar
Babies are much like the Hungry Caterpillar. Eating and eating and growing and growing. Perhaps that’s why the colorful book has inspired nursery decor.
33 Car Theme
Whether you love cars or you hope to raise an automobile enthusiast, cars make for a fun nursery theme. You can frame images or cars, decorate with car-themed bed spread, or use a car play mat for a rug.
34 Floral Motif
Want your baby to wake up every day feeling like they’re in a gorgeous garden? You can do it with floral wallpaper, bedding, and even paper flowers dispersed throughout.
35 Fruity Theme
Getting kids to eat good food is a challenge, so why not use some subliminal decor to get them headed in the right direction? Using citrus fruits or big images of bananas and kiwis can give a nursery a playful look.
36 Future Big Leaguer Concept
You might not have a heavy hitter on your hands yet, but you can steer your little slugger in the right direction with a baseball themed baby room. You could even DIY your shelves by accenting them in baseball bats to really hit a home run.
37 Basketball Baby Room
Picture this: a basketball mobile, a court outlined carpet, a basketball pillow. Your NBA great in training can get a head start with a b-ball themed bedroom.
38 Gone Fishin’ Nursery
Hobbies make for great nursery themes and fishing is a particularly fun choice. With so many components to pull in, you can get creative with nets on the walls, reels as frames, or even posters of regional fish species.
39 Up In The Clouds
Let your baby’s dreams take flight with a whimsical hot air balloon theme. Here, charming animals take a ride in the sky as they drift above baby’s crib.
40 Golf Nursery
Four score and one nursery ago, a baby found itself sleeping in a room that looked just like the 18th hole. You know you’re going to buy them a toy putter as soon as they can stand, so why not?
41 Monochromatic Nursery
Want to keep things simple and sophisticated? Use natural textures and colors to create a cool, monochromatic space for your newborn.
42 Illusions Nursery
Love magic? Find slight of hand mesmerizing? You could bring a whole magical look to a nursery with framed decks of cards, top hats, and even paint magic wands as crib posts.
43 Checkered Look
Similar to color blocking, you can pair this concept with the monochromatic look and do two tones: white and black, for a checkerboard room.
44 Striped Nursery
Some design concepts are timeless, like stripes. The best part is this is an easy DIY process. You can use painter’s tape to outline the nursery walls and make your own stripes, or go with wallpaper.
45 Scandinavian Chic
Scandinavian design is known for its austerity. Less is more here. Rather than clutter a nursery with boatloads of stuffed animals or tchotchkes before your baby’s even been more, choose select items like a delicate lightwood rocker and simple crib.
46 Texture-Heavy Space
Babies love touching and feeling interesting textures. So make your nursery a sensory experience by adding elements like a faux fur rug, seagrass carpet, and pillows made of unique textiles.
47 Go Graphic
The best thing to come out of children’s decor lately are decals you can stick on and remove. Get graphic by using these giant stickers to embellish a space.
48 Buttons And Bows Look
The old adage go big or go home is typically applied to sports but what about rooms? Here you can go big or bow your home with giant silk bows to dress up a baby room.
49 Framed Family Portraits
Want your baby to know you’re always looking out for them? Decorate the walls with framed portraits of family members for a real life family tree.
50 Map It Out
Wanderlust can start young and one way to encourage a little traveler is to dress their room in maps. A floor to ceiling map makes a great wall covering behind a crib.
However you theme your baby’s room, just decorate it with love and they’ll be as snug as a bug in a rug.