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Want to create the ultimate sanctuary for your newborn? Well, you’re in luck as we have our expert architect sharing the most stunning and practical baby room design ideas for you.
If you like things simple with clean lines, minimalistic yet stylish, you’ll fall in love with the baby room design. After all, every new parent wants to design a nursery that’s practical, safe, comfortable, beautiful, and serene.
The requisites of a good nursery
Apart from having a great design, the nursery must have good storage and efficient furniture. It makes it easier to have the necessary elements for the baby’s care and hygiene at hand. The space must be defined and organized.
The nursery lighting system should be just right to make the baby room bright – not too strong or dingy. The last you’d want is to make your baby restless during their hours of siesta.
Our architect recommends using multiple types of lighting. The goal is to make the lighting more intimate, dim, and soft according to the baby’s moods – whether the little one is sleeping, feeding, or playing.
A beautiful baby nursery must have windows to let in natural light and ventilation. You can add light fixtures such as floor lamps or dimmers. Good lighting will make caring for your little one easier and more efficient.
The crib is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the nursery. A newborn sleeps approximately 13 hours a day. You’d want to give your baby the most comfort, right?
The different crib sizes are standard cribs (0.60m x 1.20m), maxi-cribs (0.70m x 1.40m), bassinets, or mini-cribs which are functional, but smaller – hence can be used only for a limited time.
Another option is to use a cot, which opens on one side so that the parent can keep the baby close to them at night, without having to go to another room. Apart from the crib, you can have some multi-functional built-in furniture that can easily adapt to the desired space.
It’s equally important that the adults are comfortable too. A sofa, a chair, or a rocking chair will help them feed the baby or rock them to sleep. They can also rest with the baby during one of their naps.
Another useful element of a nursery is a good storage unit to keep all the nursery essentials handy and organized. Our architect recommends a minimum storage unit of 0.70m x 0.60m and a maximum storage of 0.80m x 1.20m.
Nursery paint colors
Our expert advises the use of neutral colors for the nursery walls which remain timeless and stylish even when the baby grows and their tastes develop. Pastel or soft colors are known to keep babies calm. Of course, you can add some pops of colors here and there to the room’s decorative elements, including a gallery wall or an accent wall. The nursery decoration will allow your baby to develop and stimulate their senses.
A good nursery theme
Choosing a theme for the nursery design gives the room a personality. You can think of a theme and then choose the interior design, wall colors, textures, decor items, and furniture.
Below are five baby room designs for infants from 0 to 3 years old. Each room has different sizes and furnishings.
Baby room design #1
This room is ideal for babies 0-3 years old. The good part is as the baby grows, you can add two single beds of dimensions 1.00m x 2.00m in the same nursery space.
Dimensions: 3.2m x 4m
Floor-to-ceiling closet: 1.90m x 0.60m
The entrance to the room is through a sliding door. On the left, there’s closet storage followed by another built-in piece of furniture for the baby’s diaper changing. Because of its design, the nursery can be on any floor of the house. Of course, it should be on the same floor as the room of your parents or guardians.
On one side, there’s a sofa bed (for the use of the parents or whoever is taking care of the baby) and a rocking chair to sleep in or to feed the baby. There’s a crib and a shelf for toys at the back.
Between the rocking chair, the sofa bed, and the crib, there are two circular rugs, to have a play area in the middle.
The style of the nursery design and the furniture is minimalist, with simple clean lines and a few contrasts in materials.
The cot measures 1.20m x 0.70m x 0.86m, with a platform to adjust the height of the bed. You can adapt it to any usage according to the requirements – either as a playpen, a cot, or if the front is removed a co-sleeping cot.
The sofa bed, with the same material as the crib, measures 2.00m x 0.80m x 0.55m in height.
The interior design
The baby room design is quite flexible. The closet area can be extended along the entire wall or the baby’s changing table can be transformed into a desk with its storage – leaving the space in between as a play area.
The focal point of the room is a screen made of two sheets of wood in the shape of triangles. The unique decorative element covers part of the ceiling and one of the walls. The interesting silhouette of stars and moon designed with LED lights beautifies the entire room.
The shelves for the toys also start from the left side of the wall and the other walls are complemented with decorative elements with different textures. The walls in gray and pale yellow look nice without taking away anything from the focal design.
The color palette
The room’s color scheme is balanced with white on the baseboard moldings, door, window frames, and the wallpaper where the bed is located.
The yellow wall can be used to hang black and white photographs of the baby or pictures of animals as shown here.
The architect has used a lot of wood in medium and light tones, for the floor, the screen, the shelves, the furniture, and the changing table. There’s also a black tone of wood to add an interesting contrast.
The textiles of sheets, cushions, pillows, area rugs, and curtains have the same color palette albeit in other tones. The idea is to include a little variety of textures, patterns, and prints. The architect has brought in squares, diagonal lines, chevron patterns, and triangles for a visual appeal.
The hardware in the room, including the frames or metallic elements of the windows, and the ceiling lights, has been kept black. The room curtains compliment the tones of the room.
There’s sufficient natural lighting through a window in the center of the wall. Its dimensions are 1.50m x 1.20m, with a height above the wall of 1.10m. For artificial lighting, the architect has used three round LED lights on the ceiling. The screen lights, the linear lights on the shelves, and a floor lamp next to the rocking chair and the cradle give the room an ethereal touch.
Baby room design # 2
You can add a single bed for when the baby grows a little.
Dimensions: 4.05 x 3m
Recommended height: More than 2.50m
This room is quite similar to the previous one, the only difference is that this has two entry points – one from the main bedroom, linking it to the parent’s room, and the other through a sliding door from the corridor.
The room has a closet of dimensions 2.20m x 0.60m on the right side of the floor plan. On the left side of the same wall, there’s a sofa bed measuring 2.00m x 0.70m. It can be 1.30m wide when open.
Next to it, there’s a round table of diameter 0.45m. On the other side of the room, there’s another round table and then a maxi crib with a changing table and integrated storage measuring 1.95m x 0.70m.
At the back, there’s a rocking chair that’s 0.65m x 0.95m. A 1.50m window allows for good ventilation and natural lighting.
The architect recommends a rectangular rug to create a play area.
When the baby moves to the next stage of growth i.e. from 4 to 5 years onwards, you can close the communication door between the two rooms, move the closet up (2.00m x 0.60), and leave a built-in piece of furniture next to it.
You can place a single bed next to the closet with a headboard that matches the night tables of 0.50m x 0.45m on each side of it.
At the other end of the bed, there is a low storage cabinet and a flat-screen TV on the wall. At the back of the room, there is a 0.50m x 1.50m desk in front of the window.
Baby room design # 3
Dimensions: 3.60 x 2.50
Recommended height: More than 2.50m
This nursery is ideal for those who have a small space and a limited budget. Yet, there’s enough space to incorporate the necessary furniture. There’s a closet measuring 1.60m x 0.50m. And, there’s a 1.50m window and a cradle in front that is 1.30m x 0.70m.
The architect has placed a round table of 0.45m diameter between the crib and a 0.65m x 0.90m rocking chair.
There’s a storage cabinet and a baby changing table (1.50m x 0.70m) in the center of the room. The upper shelves measure 1.50 x 0.40m.
When the baby is a little older, you can place a single bed, with an extra slider underneath, or a bunk bed and two bedside tables on each side measuring 0.45m x 0.45m. An additional bench of about 1.00m x 0.40m can be accommodated for extra seating.
Baby room design #4
This room is ideal for twin babies from the age of 0 to 3 years.
Later, you can place two single beds.
Dimensions: 4.00m x 3.00m
Recommended height: More than 2.50m
The entrance to the room is from the center. On the same wall, there’s a closet on the left. The dimensions are 1.50m x 0.55m. A built-in sofa of the same dimensions is also placed in the room. There’s a 1.50m window that allows for natural ventilation and light.
There’s a built-in piece of furniture with two cots on the sides and a baby changing table in the center (3.90m x 0.80m). And, there are two chairs on the sides to feed or put the babies to sleep.
The architect recommends a carpet in the center for a games area and two puffs.
For the next stage of childhood, you can use both sides of the door to place two closets – one for each child. And, you can get rid of the built-in sofa.
Instead, you can accommodate a desk in the center facing the window (2.00m x 0.60m) and two chairs as well as two puffs.
Baby room design # 5
Dimensions: 4.00m x 2.50m
Recommended height: Greater than 2.50m
The design of this room extends into a play area. Interestingly, each piece of furniture is on the walls which allows more space in the center.
As you enter the nursery, there’s a changing table (1.00m x 0.60m) on the left and a closet (1.40m x 0.60m) on the upper wall in front of the nursery door.
The crib measures 1.20m x 0.70m and has its back to the window of 1.50m. There are two round tables on each side that have a diameter of 0.40m.
As you move towards the right side, there’s a single-seater sofa measuring 0.70m x 0.70m and one with three seats (1.85m x 0.80m) with its back to the other window.
For later years, the changing table can be modified into a desk with storage. And, a bed with a headboard can be attached to the right wall. A built-in bookcase measuring around 1.25m x 0.30m can be easily accommodated.
Additionally, you can place a shelf (1.15m x 0.30m) above a flat-screen TV and a desk in front of the window.
Designing a baby nursery should be a perfect mix of playfulness, style, and practicality. And of course, the right combination of colors and patterns. We’re sure you’ll get inspired by our expert architect and craft a stunning nursery. A dream room that you and your baby will love.