Hello friends! I’m so excited to be sharing my daughter’s room with you today. This Chronicles of Narnia 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 a designer look on a budget! Here are some tips for creating a nursery that will grow with your little one.

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Choosing a Subtle Nursery Theme

When it comes to designing a nursery or kids room, I like to stick with a neutral palette for large pieces like furniture and bedding. Then, you can add character with books, toys, and bedding. For example, our son’s room has a subtle Star Wars theme that is very neutral.

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In our daughter’s nursery, I wanted to include more bright pops of color but still stick with a neutral base and subtle theme. This cream swivel glider was a perfect starting place! We also already had the gray crib to use, although this vintage gold crib would fit the theme so well.

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When it was time to choose a theme, it didn’t take me long to decide. C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, and his Chronicles of Narnia series holds a special place in my heart. I decided to weave elements of the books into the nursery, and include some of my own childhood treasures.

Chronicles of Narnia Nursery Theme

Ladybug’s nursery is Narnia inspired, but I kept the references subtle. I included a large plush lion, crown pillow, lamb stuffed animal, model horses, lion printable, and picture book version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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Oh, and of course the lovely tree wall decals that provided a fun installation challenge–I stuck each leaf on individually–but were so worth it. The trees remind me of the magical Narnia forest. Here is another cute option!

gray crib with crown pillow, yellow baby blanket, and lion framed wall art
gray crib with crown pillow, yellow baby blanket

I also 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
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Side note: I love using cube organizers for hiding toys, and I’m basically a pro at building them now! This is my favorite white cube shelf, and here are some similar cube bins.

Functional Nursery Decor Ideas

ikea picture ledge for kids books, the lion the witch and the wardrobe story book

In addition to a nurery theme, I’m a big fan of decorating with functional pieces that you may already have around your home. These IKEA picture ledges are one of my favorite nursery decor staples. I styled them with board books that we already had in our son’s room! If you don’t have access to IKEA, these Amazon picture ledges are similar.

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

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Side note: Moving the board books in here created space for new picture books in my son’s room. Win win!

Bright and Colorful Nursery Decor Ideas

After you have outfitted your nursery with neutral furniture, subtly themed pieces, and functional decor staples, it is time to add the finishing touches.

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This felt ball garland (9 foot length) adds whimsy and color to the wall. The rainbow pillow has a special meaning as Ladybug is our rainbow baby.

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Finally, my mom gave me the vintage Little Women book from her childhood, and a sweet friend crocheted the golden baby blanket. 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!

Narnia Nursery Organized Dresser Drawers

My last tip for nursery design is to keep it simple and organized. There will be plenty of time for adding decor. However, starting with functional staples and an organized space will bring so much peace during those hectic early months.

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organized baby clothes and onesies in white ikea hemnes dresser 3 drawer chest used as changing table with drawer organizers

Keep your dresser neat with drawer organizers and roll tiny clothes to maximize space. Then, stock up on all the diapers, and you’re set! You’ve got this.

Narnia Nursery Decor Sources (and Similar)

I would love to hear your nursery decor tips and ideas: what special pieces did you include? What items do you use most, and what can you live without? I hope you enjoyed seeing Ladybug’s Narnia themed nursery!

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21 Comments

  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. Joshua Foist says:

      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. SO beautiful yet simple and of so peaceful!! SO excited for you!

    1. Erin, thank you for the sweet comment! 🙂

  3. heather e says:

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

    1. Thank you sweet friend! 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. Beautiful! Would you mind sharing where you got the side table?

  6. 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.

    1. Shawna, you are so kind! Thank you! Narnia will always be close to my heart 🙂

  7. 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!

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

    1. Hi Sara, thank you so much! It is Passive by Sherwin Williams 🙂

  9. Ruth Willis says:

    Hey Caitlin,
    May I ask where you got the large stuffed lion please?
    Thank You,
    Ruth Willis

    1. Hello Ruth! The lion was from IKEA a few years ago 🙂

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