Nursery Ideas: How to Create a Calm and Peaceful Living Space

7 ways to design a beautiful, modern nursery for your little one.

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Be Creative with Color

Thorsten Becker

Be Creative with Color

When Holly Becker, an interiors expert, author and founder of the blog Decor8, put together her son's nursery, she had a motto: no house of blues. "Almost every boy's room I saw was in some primary color, so I thought about what else could be good for a little guy and decided on mint, goldenrod and black," she says. The gentle combo feels like something pulled right out of a life-size storybook. Feeling green with envy? Read on.

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Modern Nursery Decorating Tips

Thorsten Becker

Modern Nursery Decorating Tips

Inspired to create your own ethereal retreat? Becker offers tips on piecing together a modern, whimsical scheme for your little angel's headquarters.

1 Have Grandma or Auntie bring a special wall-hanging or trinket to add to the decor. It creates a lovely spark for bedtime stories about your family.

2 To prevent options overload, start with a single source of inspiration. For Becker, it was the Kite Wallpaper in Mint. ($104 per 396-inch by 21-inch roll, 2modern.com)

3 Consider the room from your rug rat's point of view and work from the ground up—replacing worn-out carpet or peppering the floor with mats in different sizes and textures.

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Bookshelves

Amazon

Bookshelves

An Oeuf Mini Library holds your bookworm's Dr. Seuss collection—and stashes bins filled with random essentials, like toys and extra swaddles. ($678, amazon.com)

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Cute Cushion

Ferm Living

Cute Cushion

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the Ferm Living Mr. Robot Cushion is one cool pillow. The mechanical marvel is made of organic cotton. ($45, fermliving.com)

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Owl Lamp

The Land of Nod

Owl Lamp

The Land of Nod Not So Nocturnal Lamp wisely sheds light on a dark corner. ($79, landofnod.com)

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Colorful Area Rug

Olli Ella

Colorful Area Rug

Goody gumdrops! The Olli Ella Gum Ball Rug adds a layer of candy-coated cozy to any nursery—minus the cavities. ($249, olliella.com)

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Smart Storage Space

Ferm Living

Smart Storage Space

Not every piece of baby gear is easy on the eyes. Ferm Living Face Storage Boxes keep the not-so-adorable stuff hidden. Wink! ($310 for set of three, fermliving.com)

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