Whether you're starting from scratch or sprucing up what you've already used, browse this slideshow for darling bits of inspiration to decorate your child's nursery.
This sophisticated nursery features a range of fabric patterns: dots, stripes, and a wall hanging with a monogrammed floral illustration. To personalize the classic crib, pale pink bunny finials and a scallop-edge headboard and footboard were added to tie in with the room's theme. A lengthy crib skirt flows to the floor for a decidedly feminine touch.
For many new parents, a glider is a nursery essential. If you plan to spend lots of time rocking your little one, spare no expense to ensure the comfiest midnight feedings. Here, homeowners paid extra for stain-protection on their matelasse-upholstered rocker and ottoman. They even paid extra for a cushier down seat.
From the color-swirled saris to the paisley motif, this Kansas City nursery embraces the family's Indian culture. Architectural elements around the bookshelf and window evoke the family's heritage, and cushy floor pillows provide comfy seating around the room. Deep colors and rich fabrics with splashes of gold lend style to the room.
This nursery was influenced by the mother's childhood in India and her desire to create a room her son could grow up in. Creamy yellow and grayish green wallpaper served as the foundation for the color scheme, offset by touches of red and blue and traditional plaid and paisley patterns. Elephants on the wall nod to the family's heritage.
Inspired by Beatrix Potter books from her childhood, this first-time mother and her sister combed flea markets for unique treasures and created a nostalgic nursery with design elements that her daughter would enjoy for years to come. With a few changes, the homeowner anticipates her daughter loving the room though her teen years.
A creamy floral fabric featuring chickadees sets the tone for the room, while ginghams and other small-pattern and textural fabrics were fashioned into window valances, bed linens, pillows and a chair slipcover. A mural artist covered pale yellow walls with a meadow scene that birds, bunnies and butterflies call home. With a few changes throughout the years, the homeowner anticipates her daughter loving the room though teen years.
Even before the couple brought their baby girl home from the hospital, they knew they wanted to transform a room in their historical home into a nursery suite teeming with elegance. With the help of an interior designer, they selected furnishings and artwork more sophisticated than average baby offerings. This not only blends with the home's existing décor, but ensures the elements introduced will be used for years to come.
A typical baby girl's nursery might be awash in pink frills, but this room's designer (and new mom) wanted her child's room to be visually distinctive and personally meaningful. One trip to the paint store inspired this bold color scheme, and furniture that her grandfather built added an element of family history.
If you're worried your son will grow out of his boy-themed room too quickly, just let it go to the dogs--décor-wise, that is. Dog-patterned fabric used on the window seats inspired the color scheme; it's young yet sophisticated, thus ensuring it won't seem too juvenile when he's older.
For an animal-themed nursery with a hint of sophistication, mix wood finishes and carefully select how you introduce the animal theme into the room. Limiting it to accents, such as window sheers, rugs and pillows allows for an easy change of room theme as the child ages.
The simple décor of this soothing space accommodates both parents and child without sacrificing style. Stripes of sage and cream set the stage for a peaceful environment, and a chenille rug beneath the crib is more than soft enough for crawling. Cotton-organdy panels filter sunlight, and a down-filled chair with a washable slipcover beckons for cuddle time with baby. After night falls, a dimmer switch on the vintage chandelier provides the faintest glow for midnight feedings or a flood of light for evening playtime.
This nursery's elegance is enhanced with vintage elements for a timeless look. The pale green paint on the walls matches a hue found in the room's antique hooked rug; this set the tone for the selection of other fabrics and patterns, such as toiles, checks, and stripes in classic shades of deep red, light pink, and tan. When mixing furniture, select pieces with lines and shapes that create a cohesive look, and sand edges of new furniture to blend with the antiques.
Want to dress your nursery in lovely shades of pink? Go ahead and get frilly! But remember that even a room aiming for femininity needs relief from complete saturation. Mixing unexpected fabrics can create the perfect balance. A sample of green gingham fabric served as inspiration for this room, and inspired the homeowner to rip out carpet and paint the floors beneath to match the material. Hot pink gingham provides a punch of color and contrast with the room's paler shades. Blue floral fabric surprises, and helps created a cozy and colorful feel. The homeowner was so happy with her coordinating fabrics, she purchased extra yardage to create a comforter when her daughter graduates to a twin bed.
Break away from boy's room bland by splashing around some bright colors. Robin's-egg blue walls against crisp white trim establish a strong, simple background, while plush carpet with large pattern loops creates a playful contrast. The same bold colors make an appearance on the whimsical wall letters.
Cheerful yellows and heavenly blues beam brightly in this Beatrix Potter-inspired nursery. White picket fencing gives this crib cottage style, and garden finials grace the bedposts. With a cloud-dusted sky mural covering the ceiling and extending partway down the walls, this nursery works well for a baby boy or girl.