This bright nursery blends a subtle theme, neutral textures, pops of color, and organized storage for a sweet and modern look. I love the challenge of creating designer style on a budget. Keep reading for nursery decorating tips and ideas!

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Hello sweet friends! I’m so excited to be sharing Ladybug’s nursery with you today. I am 35 weeks pregnant and just thankful I got this space photographed and posted before girlie decides to make her entrance! We may still have a month to wait, but you never know 🙂

My favorite way to design nurseries (well, I’ve only done one before!) is to stick with a relatively bright and neutral palette for large pieces like furniture and bedding, and to add character with books, toys, and lots of texture. I have not shared our three-year-old son’s room yet, but it is almost entirely neutral—white, gray, and black—with a classy Star Wars theme. For that space, I incorporated my husband’s many Star Wars Legos and childhood toys!

This time around, I envisioned a colorful and feminine nursery for our daughter, but wanted to stick with a neutral base. I also wanted to include a subtle theme! C. S. Lewis is my favorite author, and his Chronicles of Narnia series holds a special place in my heart. I’ve loved weaving elements of the books into Ladybug’s nursery, and including some of my own childhood treasures.

Without further ado, here are some tips for creating a modern, classy, and bright nursery that will grow with your little one!

Subtle Theme & Neutrals

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Ladybug’s nursery is Narnia inspired, but I kept the references sweet and simple. I love this vintage paint by number artwork from an Etsy seller that reminds me of one of my favorite passages from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

…As the albatross circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face. -C. S. Lewis

I also included a crown pillow, a large plush lion, a lion printable (pictured at the top of this post), and a picture book version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Oh, and of course the lovely tree wall decals that provided a fun installation challenge—yes, I stuck each leaf on individually!—but were so worth it!

As I mentioned, all of our nursery furniture and bedding is neutral. When Ladybug is old enough to choose her own decor, it will be easy to change up the look without replacing large items. Note: I love these Ikea cube organizers for hiding toys, and I’m basically a pro at building them now 😉

Books, Baskets, and Blankets

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I’m a big fan of decorating with functional pieces that you may already have around your home! In our case, we already had all of these board books from our son’s room, so I simply transferred them here (and simultaneously created space in his overflowing bookshelves—win win!). Children’s books are so bright and happy, and are decor you will use. These Ikea picture ledges are one of my favorite decor staples!

Baskets and blankets are also both pretty and functional. Hide items easily inside of baskets, and toss throw blankets around for an inviting and cozy look. Tada!

Meaningful Pieces, Art, & Treasures

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After you have outfitted your nursery with neutral furniture, subtly themed pieces (if you desire), and functional decor staples, it is time to add the finishing touches. This sweet felt ball garland from Sheep Farm Felt (9 foot length) adds whimsy and color to the wall. The rainbow pillow has a special meaning as Ladybug is our rainbow baby, following our loss of Noah last May. My mom passed along the Little Women book from her childhood, and a sweet friend crocheted the golden baby blanket. Finally, the framed print on the side table is from Lilia Grace, an online ministry and shop supporting those who have experienced miscarriage. These treasures add so much to the nursery and each one makes me smile, as I sit in the glider and think about baby girl!

Simple & Organized

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My final tip for creating a bright and sweet nursery? Keep it simple and organized. There will be time for adding decor, but starting with functional staples and an organized space will bring so much peace during those hectic early months. Keep your dresser neat with drawer organizers, roll tiny clothes to maximize space, stock up on allllll the diapers, and you’re set 🙂 You’ve got this, mama!

I would love to hear your nursery decor tips and ideas, so please comment below! What items do you use most, and what can you live without? What special pieces did you include in your nursery? Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends.

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  1. Caitlin, it’s all so lovely! I love how you kept things neutral, but still added so much interest with the accessories. It looks like such a peaceful room. I adore Narnia too and you have captured it so well. The trees might be my favorite! God bless as you prepare to welcome your sweet lady soon! <3

    1. Thank you sweet Ellen, I’m not sure how I missed this comment! The trees were quite a bit of work but so worth it 🙂 I love that we both have a special place in our hearts for Narnia!

    2. Caitlin, my wife and I are expecting our first – a girl, and we really like this style design. Two questions, what color palate number did you use for the gray? Second, how did you do the trees? We are thinking of doing something like that as wallpaper. Thanks

      Joshua

  2. This is so simple and sweet – it is gorgeous! I love the use of color and the narnia theme 🙂 What a lucky baby girl!

  3. Beautiful nursery! May I ask where you got your crib and dresser from? I’m a first-time mom currently trying to prepare my baby girl’s nursery as well!

    1. Hi Ina! The dresser is a Hemnes 3-drawer chest from IKEA, and the crib is by Storkcraft, we got it from Amazon several years ago. I’m sure they have similar ones now! 🙂 Congratulations mama!! Hope you have been feeling well; this pregnancy has been harder on me than my son’s, but it might just be because I’m chasing a toddler around!?

      1. Thanks so much for your response, and your words of congrats 🙂 This is all such a new experience for me, but it’s been going fairly well! Hope you’re enjoying the last few moments with your family of 3 before your daughter arrives!

  4. I’m so glad I took the time to explore your blog. You are so talented! I adore The Chronicles of Narnia and I love how you portrayed it with subtle theming in this adorable nursery.

  5. I’m in love with your detail!! May I ask where the rocker is from? I’m actively searching for the perfect nursery rocker and this is incredible!

  6. Hi Caitlin! Love how you decorated the nursery! So calming and peaceful. Can you tell me what paint color you used?

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