Baby on the Way? Get Inspired by These Sophisticated Nurseries
Design-obsessed parents-to-be, this one’s for you. If your family is about to grow, you’re probably thinking about nursery design. The ideal nursery is a space that feels full of imagination and possibility, that your little one might be able to grow into over the years, and that you won’t mind spending a lot of time in. In our books, that means you should ditch quite a few of the traditional tropes of baby décor (think overflowing toy bins, bows, and the like).
To inspire a design that you and your baby will adore, we’ve gathered 12 sophisticated examples of nurseries that get it right. From peppering in vintage details to balancing pastels with sleek, grounded counterpoints, these adeptly executed abodes channel a timeless aesthetic that promises to grow along with your little one. Our favorite children’s rooms keep things chic and playful with a vibe that stands the test of time. These elegant nursery essentials are the perfect place to start.
A soft wall hanging and snuggly, high-pile rug make this minimal space baby-friendly.
Pops of color and geometric shapes keep this nursery bright and cheerful.
A chalkboard wall allows imaginations to run free, without the mess and madness of colorful crayons and markers.
Mixed textiles in blue and pink tones, a black-and-white mud-cloth textile, and a natural wood mobile make for a space we’d hang out in, baby or no baby.
Chinoiserie wallpaper in bright lemon yellow adds a punch of glowing, effervescent chic.
Designer Alex Kaehler pairs glamorous accessories with subdued, soft pastels for a look that is bold yet sophisticated.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s inspired, stylish organizational tips keep playtime readily accessible yet discreetly tucked away.
Keep the madness of kids’ toys and books in check by considering the color palette. Display the nicest items on chic shelving.
Simple, modern furniture and playful accents, from vintage portraits to “Bun” Wallpaper ($160 per roll) by Lake August, give this eclectic room a pop of artful cool.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! As usual, a palette consisting of three main complementary colors ensures stylish results.
We love the unexpected pairing of apricot and charcoal paints, plus the timeless bentwood rocking chair and rocking horse.
Which of these nurseries is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!