24 Wondrous and Whimsical Nursery Ideas
Note: While these nursery photos are gorgeous, please know that it’s NOT safe to place stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, or any loose items inside your infant’s sleep space until Baby is a year old. —Dr. Harvey Karp
There’s no better way to embrace the sweet and precious days of childhood than with a nursery that’s not only beautiful, but full of magic. Enter: the whimsical nursery! The great thing about whimsy is that it can be introduced into any nursery, whether themed, neutral, or any style in between. The only rules: Baby’s room must evoke fanciful feelings and a distinctly carefree vibe! Here, oodles of ideas to spark whimsy in your baby’s (or big kid’s) room!
Part of creating a whimsical nursery is trading the tried-and-true for something a little more fun. For instance, instead of a traditional glider or even a standard sofa, set up a groovy lounge area on the floor. (Also: check out that wallpaper!)
Bearly Hanging On Whimsical Lighting
Photo and to purchase: Beautiful Halo
These darling bears can be added to just about any theme from fairy tale to circus for a creative and whimsical way to light up Baby’s room with wonder.
Classy & Whimsical Nursery
Photo: Serena & Lily
Yes, it’s absolutely possible to create a sense of whimsy in your baby’s nursery, while keeping it upscale and elegant. On-trend wicker and metallics paired with elephant wallpaper melds the best of both worlds! (See more elephant themed nursery ideas.)
Playful Pup Whimsical Nursery Wallpaper
Photo: decor pad
Pop Art Walls
Bold, beautiful, 1960s-inspired florals create such a fun nursery! And using burnt orange, gold, and blush bring just the right amount of elegance to the mix.
Modern Fairy Tale
Once upon a time, a small child lived here…and all their dreams were big and their room was beyond charming. The white walls work overtime making the sherbet color details in this room pop. The bunny mirror, bow hooks, and animal heads bring everything together.
Whimsy does not have to look unsophisticated! This nursery, with its strategic bursts of bright fun, is elegant and wondrous all at once. Layering the dot wall decal atop the animal print is a fabulous way to mingle reality and fantasy. Swoon!
You don’t need to be an artist to create a whimsical mural in your little one’s nursery. Some bold lines coupled with bold colors—plus some painter’s tape and maybe a few fanciful wall decals and—voila! (Here, more SNOO nursery ideas!)
A Sparking Shelfie
Sparkly, tiny, and out-of-this-world cute: an assembly of fairies, glittery stars, flowers, princesses, and other magical details brings whimsy and wonder to this nursery. Create a shelf or corner like this and swap out the details as Baby grows or seasons change.
Photo: Project Nursery
A show-stopping chandelier and wallpaper that makes you feel like you’ve entered a secret garden are prime examples of easy yet breathtaking ways to bring whimsy into your baby’s room.
Twinkles & Clouds Whimsical Nursery
Photo: Decor Pad
Cloud pillows on the wood plank wall and twinkling string lights morph Baby’s nursery into a dreamy woodland nursery. But remember, when decorating your baby’s room, keep the lights out of crib's reach. (Want more more cloud nursery ideas? You’re in luck!)
Photo: Studio Munroe
Whimsical can mean different things to different people. One whimsical nursery could have a soft, billowy, dream-like feel, while another might be bursting with wackiness and fun. Here: The wacky and fun! Fruit wallpaper, an elephant dresser, tassels, wicker…all of it is perfection!
Fanciful stories and wondrous dreams are the best stuff of childhood, and you can add these touches in the smallest and subtlest ways. A ship mobile strung up in the nursery is one such idea that’ll spark delight in your little one. (Check out even more nautical nursery ideas.)
Photo and to purchase: Sister Golden
The whimsy is in the details! When selecting artwork for your baby’s nursery, choose pieces that make you laugh, smile, or simply gawk in delight, like this stunning piece.
Photo: Life with Brittany
The smattering of stars across the wall, the star-studded mobile, and the starburst chandelier all work together to create a room bursting with timeless magic.
A Celestial Celebration
Photo: Petit & Small
For an ethereal feel in your baby’s whimsical nursery, consider airy and twinkly accents, like a flowy canopy over your little one’s reading nook and fairy lights. Just make sure the lights are fire-safe and strung out of Baby’s reach.
Swing into Action
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What’s more fun than a playground right in your baby’s room?! With the proper support, an indoor swing can be the perfect finishing touch that inspires whimsy—and serves as a practical play element on rainy days!
Photo: Kids Interiors
Anything and everything that makes a child’s room fun is a win! A wood slide can be painted any color to fit their theme, or left bare for a more boho vibe. This room also proves that dark hues can be just as whimsical as brights and pastels!
A Joyous Jungle
Photo: Architectural Digest
A safari or animal themed nursery can’t help but be whimsical, and this tent-inspired ceiling takes the wonder over the top! Even though there’s a lot going on here, a pleasing palette and functional furniture keep this nursery grounded in reality.
With wallpaper and decals dominating nursery decor, it’s sometimes easy to forget the power of paint! The striped door and the scallop-edge wall in this child’s room is just oozing whimsy.
Photo: Fab Fatale
Painting or papering the ceiling is an unexpected way to add interest to your baby’s room—and to ignite their imagination. Whether up top matches the rest of the room or not, whimsy is guaranteed.
Photo and to purchase: Pottery Barn Kids
Anything that flies or floats brings a sense of magic and wonder to a baby’s room, and these feathery, glittering butterflies are no exception. Hang them up on an accent wall or above the crib to create visual interest as part of an all-out butterfly theme or just for some added sparkle.
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