Decorating Nurseries: Everything you Need to Know

Do you have a baby on the way, but still no idea how to decorate the nursery? Remember the following ideas and advice and you'll be all set to welcome the newest member of your family.
Decorating Nurseries: Everything you Need to Know

Last update: 28 January, 2021

The arrival of a new member of the family is often heralded by many changes in and around the house. When it comes to decorating nurseries, there are many different things to keep in mind: you need to think about color combinations, materials, the layout of the furniture, cleaning, lighting, and of course, comfort.

You and your baby need a room that is warm, comfortable and cozy in every way. To help you create this, we’ll tell you everything you need to include in your baby’s room. These tips will be particularly useful if this is your first baby, or if you want to give your newborn baby’s room a makeover (though, of course, it’s usually best to get nurseries ready before the baby arrives).

Decorating nurseries: use light colors

Light tones and pastel colors are classic nursery colors and will be essential for your baby’s room. White walls and furniture will make your space seem brighter. Plus, you’ll easily be able to combine them with other accessories and decorations to add a touch of color to the room. The most popular tones are pastels such as baby pink, baby blue, green and yellow.

Nurseries need to be practical and comfortable.

You could also decide to decorate one wall with wallpaper. You can find plenty of beautiful designs for children. Clouds and animal patterns are a great option.

When start painting your nursery, be careful about which paint you use. Try to find a non-toxic paint specially designed for nurseries and children’s rooms.

Finding the perfect crib for your baby

There is an infinite variety of different cribs on the market. They come in all different materials, colors, shapes, and sizes. The most important thing is that it is comfortable, safe and strong. You could buy a stationary crib, a crib with wheels, or even a simple portacrib for your newborn. You can also find cribs made from wicker, wood or even convertible cribs.

As the name suggests, convertible or transitional cribs are cribs which you can convert into a bigger bed as your baby grows and develops. You can change the height and lower the safety bar to transform it into a small bed as your child gets older.

Once you’ve chosen your crib, you need to decide where to put it. It shouldn’t be too close to the windows or near any draughts. Don’t place it below fans or air conditioning, as this can actually be very dangerous for your baby’s breathing.

Also, don’t place it beneath shelves or any other things like pictures that could fall and hit your baby.

Safe, practical furniture

Choose a nice changing table

A changing table, for example, is a really practical item that you can use to dress and change your baby’s diaper. Changing tables usually have a storage compartment where you can keep everything you need for changing your baby. They should be compact, with a soft, smooth surface and rounded corners. When it comes to nurseries, it’s best to avoid any furniture with sharp corners.

Convertible cribs are the new trend in nurseries.

Add a table and chairs

A small children’s table and matching chairs is a great option and a must-have in every nursery. While your baby probably won’t be using it for the first few months, it’ll be the perfect place for them to start coloring and drawing pictures when they’re a bit older.

But remember: don’t buy tables or chairs with sharp corners. In general, all furniture designed for children or babies has rounded edges. When it comes to buying furniture for nurseries, pay special attention to the corners.

Soft, colorful fabrics

Fabrics are one of the most important elements in any room. When it comes to decorating nurseries, you should choose soft fabrics in light and pastel tones. Having plenty of soft, fluffy blankets and rugs is essential.


You can add a couple of small, soft cushions to your babies crib. Some could be square or rectangular, while others could be different shapes. Then, add teddies and other stuffed toys. You could also place a large, flat cushion on the floor to create a place for your baby to play. Finally, add larger cushions and some dolls.

Cloth bags

Cloth bags are perfect for storing your baby’s toys. You can hang them from the walls, or simply leave them on the ground.

Hanging mobiles: a nursery must-have

Hanging mobiles are really important, and should be included in every nursery. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. You can hang a mobile from the ceiling or put one over the baby’s crib.

Some mobiles play music for your baby to listen to and help them fall asleep. Others are made from different materials and shapes, which hang down and help to provide a bit of sensory stimulation. You can also hang mobiles elsewhere around the room, putting them somewhere you often sit or spend time with your baby.

Decorating a nursery is no easy task. Babies are extremely sensitive to noise and dust and can easily injure themselves on hard objects. As a result, you need to take all the necessary precautions, analyzing the space and the objects to create a really special room for your new arrival.