There are countless things to be excited about when you’re expecting a bundle of joy. As parents, you can’t wait to hear their first laugh, touch their tiny fingers and watch as they drift into a dreamy sleep. Because many of these precious moments take place in your baby’s nursery, you’ll want it to be perfect.

However, you can rest assured that a perfect nursery doesn’t mean precisely coordinated and impeccably clean. Rather, it means a space that you’ve created to fit your vision as you embark on this new journey. As you begin to plan for your ideal space, think about how you can personalize it to make it unique. Hang wall art with all of baby’s birth details, or drape the crib in a blanket featuring your little one’s name. The choice is yours! Keep reading for more nursery decor ideas: 

Nursery Color

Color is often the first choice expecting parents make when decorating the nursery—and for good reason! The hue you choose will determine the mood of the entire room. If you prefer the classics, opt for a buttery yellow, rosey pink or cerulean blue for your bundle of joy.

If you’re dreaming of something more subdued, don’t be afraid to explore a range of neutrals. Every shade from white to black will have a special effect on your tiny one’s space.

Bottom middle photo by: Something Pretty

 Nursery Decorations

Is there anything more fun than decorating for a little one? This is your chance to let your inner child guide your decisions. We encourage you to reach for vibrant shades, plush textures and playful silhouettes for this part of your home.

Your goal is to provide a stimulating environment for baby. So sparkling frames, elaborately strung beads and hand painted murals are perfect nursery wall decor. The small details make a difference for the smallest member of your family, so choose each with care.

Top right photo by: Jess Isaac Photography 

Nursery Furniture

Small as baby may be, he or she requires a large investment when it comes to furniture. Make sure to decorate with pieces that are sturdy, safe and practical. Aim to find something that can be repurposed as your little grows. For instance, a chair used to rock baby to sleep can later become a seat in the living room.

However, just because furniture must be practical, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Stack pretty paintings securely on shelves, drape changing tables with colorful blankets or add playful drawer pulls to baby’s dresser.

Top right photo by: Sweet Green StudiosBottom middle photo by: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez via Style Me Pretty | Bottom right photo by: ByAnnika

Nursery Organization

An organized nursery will be a haven for busy parents. Use colorful bins and bright loomed baskets to keep everything in place. Baby clothes are cute on display, so an open closet is the perfect choice.

Bottom left photo by: Bridget Pizzo

Nursery Theme

Even if you haven’t picked a theme, you can still decide how you want to feel when you bring your baby into the room.

If you want to feel fresh and rejuvenated, opt for a nature theme. If you desire a sense of calm, think an ocean-themed room in tones of teal and blue. Whatever your theme, make it your own and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Bottom left photo by: Jess Isaac Photography | Bottom right photo by: ByAnnika

Now that you’ve got plenty of nursery decorating ideas, it’s time to get started! Remember to choose designs that catch your eye and don’t worry too much about what’s trendy. At the end of the day, your goal is to create a space that’s safe and happy for both baby and family. If you’re planning a party as well as a nursery, don’t forget to check out our list of baby shower games!