As soon-to-be parents, one of the most exciting parts is getting to design and create your little one’s nursery!
With so many options out there, it can feel overwhelming trying to choose the perfect theme! Don't worry, we're here to make the process a little easier and help you build a nursery you love just as much as you love them (okay, at least 10% as much!)
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in this space (sure, it might be at 3 AM when the lights are off and you can’t see the theme - but that’s beside the point). You want a nursery that reflects your own personal style and preferences and is comfortable and soothing for your little one. When you’re done here, you’re going to feel like an interior designer! Or maybe just ready to hire one.
Does My Nursery Need a Theme?
The answer to this question is, “no”. If a theme doesn’t feel like you, or you prefer to stick with a neutral color palette or basic decor, that’s great! However, choosing a theme can add a personal touch to the space you are creating and make decorating more fun and cohesive!
How Do I Choose a Theme for My Baby’s Nursery?
Attachment style? Free-range style? Montessori style? No matter what your parenting style, your space can still have style too, and that’s what we’re here to help you do! Here are a few tips to help you make the decision:
- Consider your own personal style and interests: Do you have a favorite color or hobby that you would like to incorporate into the nursery? Do you want it to reflect the design of the rest of your home?
- Think about what will be soothing for your baby: Soft colors, nature themes, and calming images can create a peaceful environment for your little one.
- Consider the longevity of the theme: While you want to make the nursery feel special and unique, it's also important to think about how long the theme will last (and if you’re going to get tired of staring at it after 6 months).
- If you're waiting to find out the gender of your baby, or want a more neutral space, consider themes that are not tied to a specific gender.
Popular Nursery Themes
We’ve compiled a list of our top 30 nursery theme ideas to help guide you on this aesthetic journey. Drumroll please…
1. Nature-Inspired Nursery
Bringing nature into your baby's nursery is not only calming but also a great way to introduce them to the wonders
2. Animal Nursery
Foster a love for animals at an early age with this theme. It's a classic choice that never goes out of style!
3. Fairy Tale Nursery
A timeless theme that invites your child into a world of make-believe and magic.
4. Space Nursery
Ignite your child's curiosity about the cosmos with a nursery decked out with stars, planets, and galaxies. Add wall decals or wall art to really bring the theme to life!
5. Nautical Nursery
With shades of blue and marine-inspired decorations, a nautical theme brings a sense of adventure.
6. Jungle-Themed Nursery
Rich with vibrant colors and exotic animals, this theme is perfect for a little explorer.
7. Floral Nursery
This theme, filled with beautiful blooms and soft colors, is perfect for a serene and elegant nursery.
8. Bohemian Nursery
A bohemian theme offers a laid-back, eclectic vibe with a mix of patterns, colors, and textures.
9. Sports-Themed Nursery
Sports fan? This nursery theme is perfect to pass your passion onto your little one!
10. Music-Themed Nursery
From musical notes to instruments, a music-themed nursery can be a harmonious setting for your baby.
11. Minimalist Nursery
A simple, uncluttered space with neutral shades and sleek modern furniture.
12. Vintage Nursery
This theme uses antique furniture and retro styles to create a rich, nostalgic vibe. Add in funky furniture for the dresser and changing table to complete the theme!
13. Woodland Nursery
Filled with natural elements, woodland animals, and earthy tones, a woodland theme is another excellent nature-inspired option.
14. Travel-Themed Nursery
With maps, globes, and travel-inspired decor, this theme can inspire a love for adventure.
15. Underwater Nursery
An underwater theme, filled with sea creatures and mermaids, creates a magical, calming atmosphere.
16. Rainbow Nursery
Bright, colorful, and cheerful - a rainbow theme brings a splash of joy to any beautiful nursery.
17. Farm-Themed Nursery
This theme, with farm animals and rustic decor, offers a wholesome, country charm.
18. Alphabet Nursery
An alphabet theme is both educational and playful, perfect for sparking your child's learning journey.
19. Mountain-Themed Nursery
With majestic peaks and cool, earthy tones, a mountain theme can create a tranquil space for your baby.
20. Dinosaurs Nursery
Bring the prehistoric world to life with a nursery filled with adorable dino-decors.
21. Gender Neutral Nursery
Perfect for parents who are waiting to find out the gender, or if you’re hoping to reuse nursery items/furniture for more babies in the future!
22. Black and White Nursery
Not only is it classic, but studies have been done on the value of a black and white nursery for visual stimulation. Win-win!
23. Hot Air Balloon Nursery
Create a calming space in your little one’s room with hot air balloons! Magical and adventurous, making it the perfect nursery theme!
24. Safari Nursery
Elephants, tigers and zebras - oh my! Utilize a mix of animal prints and colors for this fun nursery theme.
25. Transportation-Themed Nursery
Start your little one’s love for cars and trucks early on with a transportation-themed nursery!
26. Western-Themed Nursery
A western-themed nursery is the perfect place for your mini cowboy or cowgirl to rest their boots. They’ll be counting sheep (or horses) in no time!
27. Elephant-Themed Nursery
Make your baby’s nursery larger than life with an elephant theme! Add elephant stuffed animals or other plush toys to make your sweet nursery extra cuddly!
28. Botanical Nursery
Turn your little one’s nursery into a botanical oasis that’s both modern and relaxing. Perfect for a baby girl OR a boy’s nursery!
A character-themed nursery can be a sweet nod to something you love or that was special from your childhood, like Winnie the Pooh!
30. Mid-Century Modern
Sleek, simple and stylish. Create a vintage, yet contemporary baby room. Give it an extra fun vibe and focal point by adding an accent wall!
Planning a nursery allows you a little control in the beautiful chaos that is waiting for baby’s arrival. This is parenting exactly how you pictured it. (Just kidding! But at least you love the color palette.) Just remember that the main goal is to create a nurturing environment where you and your baby feel comfortable and loved!