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Inspiring Nursery Design Ideas

Design by Jake Arnold | Photo by Justin Coit

I've had nurseries on my mind of late, having recently brought home our first baby.  I consider my personal style a little more serious than whimsical, so sorting through nursery design ideas left me a bit wanting for inspiration. However, I do think that designing a child's space is not much different than any other room in the home, especially when they are too young to offer input. Make wise investments on a few pieces that will last beyond the nursery years (think -- storage pieces and a rug), save on items that will only be used sparingly, inject some personal style, and one cannot go wrong. Here are a few nursery spaces created by seasoned designers that have caught my eye.

Graphic + Minimal

The Los Angeles home of a creative power couple will of course be chic, yet approachable. Designer Jake Arnold helped the new parents create the space using minimalistic finishes paired with warm textures, and the striped Kilim sets the stage for a mostly black and white palette. The simple scheme is punctuated with the textures of linen, sheepskin, wicker, plus an ebonized dresser. Punchy art, oversized stuffed animals, and a light fixture that resembles a planet make it decidedly kid-friendly and happy, while not being overtly childish.

In my shop: Adana, a 7x10 Turkish Kilim

nursery with vintage rug

Design by Amber Interiors | Photo by Tessa Neustadt

Bright + Simple

In a bright white space, it's hard to deny the statement-making power of a beautiful rug. Once chosen, little more is needed to pull the room together, and the intricate designs on vintage rugs offer a built-in color palette. Here, a vibrant, colorful rug is paired with mid-century inspired elements and simple, graphic textiles to create a space that is both age- and gender-neutral but still colorful and fun. I also love the charming art selection -- a sweet portrait-style photo of a baby wolf by photographer Sharon Montrose.

In my shop: Ada, a 4x6 Malayer

nursery with vintage rug

Design by Jean Stoffer Design | Photo by Stoffer Photography

Dark + Dramatic

A vibrant, graphic rug is just as at home in a dark, moody space as in a bright white space, as this Michigan nursery proves. The dramatic paint color and beautiful rug do a lot of the decorating heavy lifting, too, making pulling together the rest of the furnishings quite simple. A minimal crib, sleek dresser (out of frame), and cozy glider upholstered in linen to match the drapes was all that was needed to create a comfortable, functional, and beautiful space for baby (and parents!).

In my shop: Madison, a 4x6 Karadja scatter rug

nursery with vintage rug

Design by Studio McGee | Photo by Lucy Call

Soft + Pretty

For anyone craving a softer space, this pretty Utah nursery has that sweet baby feel while still maintaining sophistication. The neutral, tone-on-tone scheme is achieved by pairing whimsical wallpaper with a soft rug and I think the look could be easily achieved with any of the acid-washed rugs in my shop. Muted green curtains bring in a quiet dose of color, and the textured lighting gives the space some much-needed warmth. 

In my shop: Fajen, a 4x7 Bidjar

Psst, if you're well-passed the baby stage, check out my ideas for creating a tween- or teen room, plus why using a vintage rug in a kids' room is always a good idea.