Nursery Design Ideas

Browse Baby Room Ideas on Houzz


Planning a nursery is an exciting time for parents, but it can be confusing without the right guidance. Houzz is a great place to start, as you can browse our extensive image gallery of nursery designs, as well as find qualified Kids & Nursery Designers who can help make your ideas a reality. We’ve put together some handy tips so you can get inspired and plan the baby room of your dreams.

Which Essential Elements Should a Baby Room Have?


When browsing through pictures of nurseries on Houzz, you’ll notice a common theme: They usually all include similar pieces of furniture and decor. You can’t go past a cot, changing table and a dresser. Whatever you’re after, you’ll be sure to find something for your taste, even if you’re limited by a small space or need to make it work on a budget.

Another aspect to remember is practicality. You want to make sure you have enough storage so you can have a clutter (and trip-hazard!) free space, and you want to have everything within easy reach when it comes to changing nappies so you don’t risk your baby rolling off the change table while you turn around reaching for the baby wipes. Think about practical furniture: closets without doors, open shelves and furniture and walls that are easy to clean should be your go-to’s.

Decorating and Choosing the Right Colour


Choosing colours is a big one. These days, you’re not limited to blue for a baby boy or pink for a baby girl - a lot of nurseries are actually held gender-neutral and you may be decorating without knowing the gender. Unisex colours are on the rise, as well as feature walls with inspirational artwork and themes that encourage exploration. The possibilities are endless - whether you go for a travel theme with clouds, a nature environment with mountains and trees, or animals like elephants or owls to tell your little one good night, you’ll be able to find wallpapers, decals and decorations to suit. Also consider a nice, soft rug for when your baby starts crawling.

A Cosy Room can Promote Better Sleep


Being able to create nighttime-like darkness, peace and quiet at anytime of day could be something you’ll be thankful for later if your baby doesn’t want to go to sleep when it’s bright and guests are around, so think about lighting and soundproofing. A pair of heavy curtains could do the trick, and if you add a cute nightlight you can evoke an even more peaceful mood.

The temperature and humidity of the room can also be major factors when it comes to sleeptime - too hot, too cold, too humid or dry? Make sure you can easily regulate the room temperature and have warm blankets handy in winter. You may also want to invest in a dehumidifier or vaporiser - these may earn extra points for white noise, too!

Planning for the Future


Keep in mind that a baby will not be a baby room for long - they grow fast! Depending on how long you keep your baby with you, you may not even have a separate room and directly jump to sharing with their sibling. Keep in mind that you may be planning for a more grown-up kids room soon, and your baby doesn’t really care about the decor of the room as much as you do. Choose items you like and go for furniture that you’ll be able to move to different rooms later if you can.
Transitional gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet and grey floor.

Transitional gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet and grey floor.
The cute little nursery on the second floor in the 5th house. There is a small white cot and wooden bedside table with white lamp backing the square patterned wallpaper. The small brown and white circular rug complements the grey accent chair and large roller blinds. - baxter_williamson

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors and black floor.

Alison McWhirter
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors and black floor.
Racked ceiling and window - douha_tabikh

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Design ideas for a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet and grey floor.

Photography by Courtney King Melbourne baby & kids bedding, baby room decor, change tables, cloud rug, Cribs and Cot Beds, gray wallpaper, hanging mobile,
Love the colour palette for a child's room - jane_e_hockey

This is an example of a beach style nursery in Other.

Children's Bedroom | The Designer by Metricon Fortitude, on display in Warragul, VIC.
This is an example of a beach style nursery in Other.

Mid-sized scandinavian gender-neutral nursery in Christchurch with light hardwood floors, beige floor and white walls.

Wallpaper by BC Magic Wallpaper. Pattern: Kaleidoscope in black. Room Styling and photography by Belinda Goodwin from www.topknotmum.com
Mid-sized scandinavian gender-neutral nursery in Christchurch with light hardwood floors, beige floor and white walls.
Neutral and bright light colour scheme - rivaloro

Inspiration for a contemporary nursery for girls in Other with white walls.

Inspiration for a contemporary nursery for girls in Other with white walls.

This is an example of a large traditional nursery for girls in Sydney with beige walls, carpet and beige floor.

Mauricio Caicedo of Square Meter
This is an example of a large traditional nursery for girls in Sydney with beige walls, carpet and beige floor.

This is an example of a transitional nursery in Melbourne with white walls and grey floor.

Renovations to the structure of this underground house including; new external windows, new bathroom and joinery to internal living areas.
This is an example of a transitional nursery in Melbourne with white walls and grey floor.
book shelf - amylcrowe

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with white walls and medium hardwood floors.

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with white walls and medium hardwood floors.
love this cot! must find out where its from... - im452

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Modern gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

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Modern gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery with multi-coloured walls, carpet and brown floor.

Livettes Large Triangle Wallpaper, Design & Photography by Little Liberty Rooms
Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery with multi-coloured walls, carpet and brown floor.
entire room - jessica_scott65

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with beige walls, carpet and black floor.

Photographer: Marcelo Zerwes
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Melbourne with beige walls, carpet and black floor.
love the wardrobe doors. - linda_maguire86

This is an example of a mid-sized transitional nursery for girls in Melbourne with multi-coloured walls, dark hardwood floors and brown floor.

Rachel Winton Photography
This is an example of a mid-sized transitional nursery for girls in Melbourne with multi-coloured walls, dark hardwood floors and brown floor.
I like the prints on the wall - karynfulmer__

Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with multi-coloured walls, carpet and orange floor.

Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with multi-coloured walls, carpet and orange floor.

Midcentury nursery in Perth with white walls, carpet and white floor for girls.

Dion Robeson Interior Finishes by Robeson Architects
Midcentury nursery in Perth with white walls, carpet and white floor for girls.
entire room - jessica_scott65

Design ideas for a beach style nursery for boys in Melbourne with blue walls, carpet and grey floor.

Photos by Martina Gemmola
Design ideas for a beach style nursery for boys in Melbourne with blue walls, carpet and grey floor.
Photos by Martina GemmolaAnswers by Belinda Nihill, Creative Director of Nest Design StudioWho lives here: A family with three childrenLocation: Melbourne, Victoria Room size: 4 x 4 metres - beautifulfamily

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Design ideas for a traditional nursery for girls in Perth with green walls, carpet and grey floor.

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Love the colour and panelling - clairebeargyles

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with beige walls, concrete floors and beige floor.

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Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral nursery in Sydney with beige walls, concrete floors and beige floor.