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Best nursery décor ideas for your baby's new bedroom

Jul 19, 2023Jul 19, 2023

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Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting parts of waiting for your new arrival. But while there’s plenty of gorgeous items to coo over, it can be a daunting task.

Whether you know your baby’s sex and want to opt for traditional hues, or you’re planning to have gender-neutral nursery décor, there’s lots to consider.

We spoke to Emma Almgren, collection design manager at H&M Home Kids to get an expert’s opinion on things to look out for when decorating your child’s nursery...

'When we create our baby and kids collection, we have two key directions always at the top of our minds: adorable and functional,' explains Almgren. 'That is also what we inspire our customers to keep in mind when decorating a kids' space or a nursery.'From nursing chairs to play gyms, babies need a whole lot of stuff for such small people, but Almgren says having great storage is key: 'To succeed with a baby or kids' space, there are some important details to keep in mind. The first thing is to invest in large storage boxes. They are a must for quick touch-ups and for quick access to play.'

Almgren also urges parents not to forget to look down in a nursery since the floor is in use more often than you might think: 'The second thing is a comfortable rug, since kids almost never, no matter what age, stand or sit when they play. They have their best play moments lying on the floor,' Almgren says. So mamas, whether you plan to have a themed space such as a safari nursery or a woodland baby bedroom, or you’re opting for something simple, it’s worth keeping in mind that you and your little one will make your first precious memories there.

Almgren says it’s important to think of how a space makes you feel – perhaps it brings you calm, or maybe it feels cosy for those late-night feeds. 'We always apply optimistic design and creativity to bring pleasure and joy to our customers. We aim to design for an emotional value – considering what the customer will feel.'

From budget-friendly baby bedroom options to luxe pieces that’ll last your little one for years to come, we’ve rounded up the best nursery décor to add that finishing touch to your mini me’s new home.

Swan around your baby’s nursery in style with this cute rug. If you’re opting for a traditional pink shade for a little girl’s nursery, then this affordable cotton mat will finish off the space nicely.

If you love the idea of rainbow nursery décor, then add a pop of colour to your new arrival’s room with this adorable wooden mobile.

It comes in muted blue or pink shades and is available from Baby Mori, a baby brand loved by celebrities.

If you’re opting for a neutral theme, then storage doesn’t come much cuter than this teddy bear basket.

Perfect for stowing away toys, nappies (or any other paraphernalia that little ones seem to come with), it’s a budget-friendly nursery buy that’ll last well into their toddler years.

Planning to go all-out with your rainbow-themed nursery? Forget the faff of DIY and opt for these easy-to-install, self-adhesive wall stickers.

They’re water resistant and can be used on walls, furniture or glass. What’s more, they’re available in different colours and sizes to fit the space you’re decorating.

For an under the sea-themed nursery, we love this gorgeous Jellycat octopus plush. It would look uber cute on display and can also be used as a cuddly toy once your little one grows.

Speaking of a nautical nursery theme, add this seashell play mat from Cam Cam Copenhagen to your wish list and thank us later.

The off-white shade will offset any neutral nursery perfectly, and the chic design means it’ll last your bubba for years to come.

For the nature-loving family, there’s this adorable leaf print mat that’d make a great nursery décor piece, while also acting as a play space as your little one grows.

At under £30, it’s a cute budget-friendly finishing touch.

Practical meets pretty with this super-sweet elephant shelf and night light set. It’ll add additional storage space to the nursery, too.

No animal-themed nursery would be complete without this knitted zebra-adorned storage basket.

Practical for stowing away all manner of baby bits, from baby blankets to sensory toys, it’s ideal if you’re looking for safari decorations for a nursery.

If you're really committed to the animal theme, then this cute zebra wall head is a budget-friendly way to add interest and texture to an otherwise neutral space.

It comes in both small and large sizes, which can be displayed alone or together as statement wall art.

If you have special books that you can’t wait to share with your mini me, then add this star print bookshelf to your basket pronto.

It’s the perfect place to hold those precious reads and is a must-have for any bookworm-to-be’s bedroom.

There’s plenty of reasons to add this pinewood baby changing unit to your little one’s space. Firstly, it has been finished with child-safe paint for peace of mind.

You can also purchase the matching cot bed should you fancy keeping everything uniform. The neutral shade means it’ll work with any décor style, and it can be used again if you end up expanding your brood.

Just pop a baby changing mat on top, and you’re good to go.

Give your nursing chair an upgrade with this gorgeous statement cushion. The soft pink hue and pom pom detailing add a cutesy retro vibe, while the soft cotton material will keep you comfortable during night feeds.

If your little bundle of joy is due in the autumn, then this fox rug will make your nursery décor feel super cosy. Made from 100% cotton and costing less than £13, it’s a total steal.

Speaking of nursery décor for little ones with autumn birthdays, this mushroom wall art will add texture and interest to a blank space.

The warm hues scream cosy, and if you’re truly committed to the theme, you can also purchase the matching mobile.

Treat your new arrival to this adorable ‘panda’s little helper' print from East End Prints. It’s available in a range of sizes and frames and sure to make anyone who sees it go ‘aww’.

Add a dreamy touch to your nursery décor with this rattan cloud shelf. The neutral colour will work with any interior scheme.

And, thanks to the generous amount of storage space for teddies, books, and trinkets, you can spend less time organising and more time nesting (or relaxing) before your little one arrives.

Personalise your nursery décor with this gorgeous baby bunting. Simply add your little one’s name or initials to make their little room all their own.

What’s more, it makes a great personalised baby gift if you know someone who’s expecting too!

City dwellers will no doubt appreciate this London bus bookshelf from The Little White Company. With tons of storage space for your little one’s gifts and keepsakes, it’s one nursery décor idea that’ll grow with your baby making it a great investment piece.

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