Made for growing, playing, and dreaming, the 18 envy-inducing dwellings ahead prove that tiny rooms for tiny people don’t have to compromise on style, and certainly don’t have to feel baby-ish. From a bold, boho-chic oasis to a cool-hued, minimalist hideout, these dreamy nurseries boast all the makings of a chic, adult-friendly bedroom. While newbie parents will, of course, want to take note, even those who don’t have children of their own may feel tempted to add these inspired spaces to their board STAT.
When it came to designing her daughter’s bedroom, Madewell’s lead designer and all around cool girl Joyce Lee knew that she wanted to create a space that would effortlessly evolve with her daughter as she grew older. Though currently packed with whimsical moments, removable polka dot wall decals serve as a commitment-free way to incorporate pattern on the walls and the textured throws and accent pillows can easily be swapped for others over the years.
A true lesson in making a whitewashed space pop, this modern nursery counters its fairly minimalist aesthetic and clean walls with inviting bursts of color—note the pink settee, graphic throws, and baby-approved artwork. Devoid of loud, floral wallpaper, bright painted walls, or theme-y decor, this charming dwelling proves that a nursery can still feel dynamic without relying on traditional means of infusing a space with personality.
Now a chic oasis for a little one to wander or settle down for a nap, you might have never guessed that this boho nursery was once a functioning guest room. While the fuzzy statement rug and mod wood crib make a stylish design punch, it’s the little trinkets and details—like the copper hanging basket made by local artisans or understated nautical accents—that give the room its serene appeal.
Riddled with retro art and magical finds, this stellar, rainbow-inspired nursery takes living in color to the next level. In order to keep the room’s vibrant palette from feeling overwhelming, Kelly and Jeff (the duo behind design blog Studio DIY and their son, Arlo’s, epic nursery) made sure that any color they brought into the space was repeated at least once, so no one hue felt random or out of place.
In this charming nursery, vintage-inspired floral wallpaper makes for a wow-worthy moment, while also lending a soft, feminine energy to the space. After settling on this custom print, Arin Agase of Heart of Chic followed suit with a more simplified decor scheme, as to not overshadow the bold statement wall. Modern, white accessories and furnishings, like the sheepskin rug and Moroccan pouf, complement the room’s overall elegant aura.
Dark, bold, and decidedly badass, this Houston nursery was made with a future hero in mind. Much like the fearless Batman wallpaper, graphic black and white accents and fun pops of red give this epic nursery it’s cool, contemporary character. By sticking to a cohesive color palette, designer Sally Wheat was able to craft a layered, yet balanced, room that packed a memorable punch.
This calming blue-hued nursery is the perfect combination of minimalist and cozy. The woven basket is a great way to store toys in style, acting as an accent piece in its own right.
Fresh greens have the ability to bring about an earthy vibe that’s sure to elevate any room. We love this leafy wreath as a replacement for more traditional wall art, as well as a means of bringing the outdoors in.
Why limit yourself to just one color? This nursery effortlessly ties in multiple complementary colors to liven up the space. The personalized accent pillow is a nice touch, as are the layered rugs that enhance, rather than overpower, the bedroom.
This is the nursery that neutral dreams are made of. Everything from the beautifully-crafted crib to the toy car are kept simple and chic. Oftentimes, all-white spaces can feel too cold and modern, but the plush throw rug adds an element of coziness.
If you can’t fully commit to an all-white scheme, consider adding a pop of color, much like this emerald green ottoman. It’s eye-catching and stylish, as well as functional. We love the understated details in the rest of this nursery, like the pom pom detailing on the drapes or the unique mobile above the crib.
Forget the nursery, this white exposed wood flooring is ideal for any room of the house! The rustic vibe is further reflected in the toy boxes and cylindrical nightstand. The wall art is taken to a whole new level with the gorgeous black and white floral mural.
You may be hesitant to paint a nursery black, but this matte finishing is so chic it may convince you otherwise. Not ready to take on an entirely dark-painted room? Try an accent wall instead and offset the harsh shade with lighter, more delicate details like the rose garland or faux fur accent stool.
This moon light is one of the most unique fixtures we’ve ever seen —and it blends in effortlessly with the nighttime motif of the nursery. With a wall as bold as this one, you’ll want to keep the rest of the pieces in the room relatively simple. The wooden ladder and wire basket are great accessories that don’t overwhelm the room.
Short on space? The raised hammock is a genius space-saving hack that displays all of your kid’s favorite animals whilst simultaneously keeping everything tidy.
This whimsical room is the sweetest little space. From the colorful tassel garland to the playful unicorn graphic, the statement is all in the details for this nursery. Built-in shelving is a great alternative to the more traditional, stand-in bookshelves.
The tent-like canopy and feather mobile add a quintessentially boho chic touch, while the leaf-print mattress and real-life nightstand plants are an easy way to incorporate nature.
This nursery is ideal for the animal-lover. With oversized stuffed animals and an adorable monkey painting hanging over the crib, your child will have his very own animal kingdom. We love that the natural light in the room is unrestricted by bulky drapes, brightening up the whole atmosphere.
Is this not the most sophisticated-looking nursery you’ve seen? Since you’re probably going to be spending a decent amount of time in the nursery, incorporate some grown-up elements into the design. The modern mirror adds depth to the room, and the gorgeous accent rug provides an elegant feel.
From the woven detailing of the cot to the playful wall decals, every little detail is thoughtfully planned for. The fairy string lights and gold star garland are small touches that seriously upgrade the nursery. The ombre canopy tent brings some color to the space without overpowering the small details.
This story was originally published February 27, 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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