2021 Nursery Trends: 8 New Ideas in Nursery Design

Baby due in 2021? Once that nesting instinct kicks in, planning the perfect nursery just might be on the top of your to do list. Decorating a nursery can be a fun way to express your personality and all your hopes for your future little one! This year’s trends in baby room design run the gamut from contemporary color schemes to fresh materials. Read on for the top nursery trends for 2021.


Grown-up Style

The nursery might be a room for a baby, but that doesn’t mean its design has to be babyish. In fact, a nursery should be a reflection of your tastes as well as a comfortable space for your little one. This year’s coolest nurseries have a mature style that can grow with your child. A few touches to nail this style include moody colors, modern lighting, abstract designs and textile wall hangings.

Dark gray and pink stylish nursery


Gender Neutral Spaces

Thankfully, we’ve moved beyond only blue for boys and pink for girls. Today’s nurseries are using neutral colors, wood tones and lots of texture to create a beautiful environment for baby, regardless of gender. The best part of a gender-neutral nursery? It’s a versatile look that can be passed down to a younger sibling one day or transition with baby as they grow.

Nursery with blue wall, light wood furniture and travel art

(Globetrotter Art Prints by Flip The Script Studios)


Earthy Color Schemes

Earthy colors are back big time. Those beiges, browns and moss greens we grew up with are all big players in this year’s smallest rooms. Go bold with a full accent wall or mural, or keep it more subdued with textiles and accessories in these deep, warm shades. Check out this style board for a fully coordinated earth tone nursery design.

Earthy nursery with safari mural

(Photo by Collov Home Design on Unsplash)


Classic Pastels

On the other end of the spectrum, pastels are also back on trend (or did they ever leave?). Cheer up all those sleek white and gray spaces with some soft, happy colors. Pastels pair perfectly with light wood and Scandinavian style that also remain on trend in 2021.

Pastel pink and white nursery with camping wall art

(Explore and Adventure art prints ) 


Space Themed Rooms

What little kid doesn’t love gazing at the moon and staring at the stars? You can help capture that sense of wonder with a space themed nursery. The great thing about an outer space theme is that it’s so versatile. It’s perfect for boys and girls, newborn nurseries and older kids’ rooms, making it the perfect choice for a shared bedroom. You can also incorporate an educational element as they grow, helping them learn about the wonders of our solar system. Our range of outer space decor is the perfect starting point for creating a space themed room.

Space themed art prints with little girl laughing

(Sweet Dreams Celestial art prints)  


Nature Inspired Nurseries

We’re all craving a getaway right about now. Whether it’s camping in the mountains, lounging on the beach or traipsing through the jungle, a nature themed nursery could be the perfect way to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors. This theme lends itself perfectly to the earthy color schemes that are also trending this year. 

(Natural Wonders art prints)  


Natural Materials

In the same vein as nature themes and earthy neutrals, natural materials are also having their moment. Wicker baskets, wooden furniture and classic wood toys are a great way to incorporate this trend. But don’t forget about kid-friendly plants, dried flowers, and pampas grass that can bring the outdoors in.

Nursery with wood and wicker accents

(Photo by Tatiana Syrikova from Pexels)


Removable Wallpaper

Looking for a high-impact but low-commitment way to enhance the design of your nursery? Try removable wallpaper or decals. These peel-and-stick varieties are simple to apply and remove, making them a perfect choice if you’re renting your home. Use it to highlight an accent wall where the crib sits or go bold and cover the whole room. There are a variety of designs that can coordinate with any theme or color scheme. Some of my favorite companies offering removable wallpaper are The Lovely Wall, Chasing Paper, and Tempaper.

White and pink baby nursery with wallpaper

(Photo by Collov Home Design on Unsplash)

There you have it! Our top trends for nurseries in 2021. Whether you’re looking for a classic design or a modern space, I hope these trends inspire some new ideas that make your nursery the perfect place for you and your baby. If you'd like more tips, tricks and how-tos, check out the articles here.



At Flip The Script Studios, we make it easy to create adorable rooms that inspire kids to dream big. Explore our collection of unique, empowering artwork at flipthescriptstudios.com.

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