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10 Unique Theme Ideas for your Baby's Nursery

Posted on January 26 2021

One of the most enjoyable parts of preparing for a baby's arrival is setting up the nursery. The options are endless when it comes to shopping for your nursery furniture, and there are oodles of clever ways to style space effectively whether your baby will have their own room or will be sharing with other family members.

Often, our nappy bags are tagged in our beautiful customers’ nursery reveals on Instagram. I have been blown away by all of the clever DIY ideas and absolutely love how many parents are choosing to shop small Australian brands for their baby nursery.

We're excited to share ten of the best baby nurseries we have been tagged in so far this year (2021). We have included the store names for each of the products featured so that you can shop the look for your own little one's room.

Plus, in this blog you'll find tips from our community on how to save money when sourcing your baby furniture and decor. Our customers have told us which products they chose to spend or save on, so you don't have to worry about wasting money on the non-essentials.

#1 Gender Neutral

Stylish gender neutral baby nursery

Created with love for her baby boy, our gorgeous customer Vic @vickopeikin has certainly made the most of this light-filled room.

We love how she has kept to a very neutral colour palette of grey, white & tan for her big purchases, making them investment items that she can style again when her little one grows out of the baby-phase.

What makes this room special is all in the little details - from the koala ornament to the textured macrame wall hanging.

Budget saving tip: Buy a cheap dresser but change the handles to cute ones.

Shop the look: Tan Tote Nappy Bag @oioi_global, Changing Basket @olliella, Swaddle @popyatot, Baby Book @writetome, Framed Art @etsy, Macrame Wall Hanging @templeandwebster, Chest of Drawers @ikea_australia, Floor Rug @fantasticfurniture

#2 Tropical Rainforest

Jungle themed baby nursery

It is a fine art decorating a baby nursery filled with all of your favourite Insta finds, and the talented Jo @magic_of_mikaere has done it! Her little boy Mikaere's nursery is features over 25 local small businesses led and run by mumpreneurs.

I absolutely adore everything about this room. From the tree wall decals, to the statement green cot, to the adorable Curious Leopard bamboo baby romper!

Something extra special about this space is that everything has been shopped mindfully - Jo opted for products that were gender neutral, durable/sustainable and timeless. 

If you haven't already, be sure to head to the giveaway post on our Instagram @oioi_global to win vouchers from many of the featured brands this week.

Budget saving tip: Jo's advice is to "wait until your baby shower and then decide from there what you need. Always accept pre-loved items/hand me downs to get you started."

Shop the look: Jungle Baby Bodysuit @oioi_global, Cot @incyinteriors, Palm Tree Wall Decals @littleraeprints, Cot sheet & blanket @banabae_au, Eucalyptus Wall Decals @blond.noir, Cushions @yakandyetitrader, Cushions @littlepeachandpip, Birds @poppyslittletreasures, Rattan light @theminiaturetreasury, Play Gym @ellecollective, Musical Instruments @babynoise_ & Wooden Toys @qtoysaustralia

#3 Dreamy Wonderland

dreamy baby girl nursery white cot

If you are looking for a girl nursery theme idea that isn't all about the colour pink, we are in love with this whimsical styling by adoring mama Illiana @illianamcdonnell.

The combination of the soft, pillowy rug and beautiful tassel light shade makes this nursery so calm & dreamy. The addition of the magical Sleepy Moon & Cloud wall decals brings the space together beautifully, creating the ultimate wonderland of dreams. 

Like Illiana, using wall decals is such a great alternative to painting baby's nursery because they won't damage your walls and can be easily interchanged with other designs - giving your nursery a whole new look.

Budget saving tip: Put a changing basket on top of a chest of drawers rather than buying a full change table - saving money & space! See below how Illiana achieved this in her nursery:

stylish baby changing station ideas

Shop the lookNappy Backpack @oioi_global, Cot @stokke_au, Wall Decal @schmooksart, Chair @hobbeaustralia, Floor Rug @templeandwebster, Changing Basket @theyoungfolkcollective, Mirror @schmooksart, Bunny @jellycat_official, Giraffe @sophiethegiraffeaustralia

#4 Australiana

Australiana Themed Baby Nursery

Photo @fimimsphotography

Megan @fawnandfinch had her nursery styled by the amazing duo from @_bylagom. Megan was keeping the gender of her baby a surprise, so the aim for decorating this baby room was to create a serene, tranquil space that could be easily tweaked & transitioned once she knew bub's gender.

What I think makes this room special is the little Australiana details from the native flowers in a vase to the Eucalyptus wall decals. This is such a great theme to follow for gender-neutral spaces as most Australiana themed baby decor is available in fresh, natural colours.

Check out Megan's instagram @fawnandfinch to see what products she has added in since her little one's arrival to make the space more gender specific. 

Budget saving tip: Discount codes! Keep an eye out for brands tagged in nursery stylings on Instagram, is they often offer exclusive codes for the collaborator's followers.

Shop the look: Tan Nappy Backpack @oioi_global, Cot @designkids.com.au, Artwork @aurora.art.co, Floor Rug @rj.living, Canopy @verdebaby, Wall Decals @blond.noir, Rainbow Wall Hanging @islaintheskye, Dresser Handles @mademeasure, Play Gym @mylittlegiggles, House Wall Shelf @darlingsofaugust, Wooden Wall Shelf @h_and_g_designs, Throw @adairs

#6 Boho Floral

floral boho baby girl nursery

With the sweet florals, textured rug and cute little Cacti, this gorgeous baby girl nursery from our customer @taylawaterworth is giving me all of the Californian Summer vibes!

I also love the layout, with the cot on one side of the room and the change table on the other. It makes the dresser a centrepiece of the room - perfect for displaying Hallie's little treasures - and also allows for plenty of play space in between the two "zones".

Budget saving tip: Accept or find second-hand baby furniture & upcycle it! (Be sure to check paint is baby safe & products such as cots meet current safety standards)

Shop the look: Tan Nappy Backpack @oioi_global, Shoes @little.dottie, Bedding @snugglehunnykids, Name Plaque @hexi_australia

#7 Sustainable

sustainable baby nursery tips

I absolutely adore this sun-filled baby room lovingly created by talented mama Jacinta @bloomlette_. As a maker herself of beautiful wooden keepsakes (check out her shop on Insta!), it is no surprise that many of the products in her baby boy's nursery are Australian made, thrifted or upcycled.

Shopping mindfully isn't only better for the planet, but also for your wallet! You can score oodles of amazing finds by browsing Gumtree or Facebook marketplace if you don't have a great op shop near you.

For those special keepsakes, invest in Australian made products such as Bloomlette's wooden announcement plaques - that make a gorgeous decor piece after you have snapped that Insta shot!

Budget saving tip: Purchase pre-loved items from online marketplaces (see if you have a local "buy nothing" community Facebook group) or second hand baby stores such as Mum2Mum in Morley, Perth (who you can sell to also!)

Shop the look: Vegan Baby Bag @oioi_global, Changing Basket @sacredbundle, Upcycled Dresser @whitecovestudio, Handmade wooden shelf @woodyoubuy, Floor Rug @pillowtalkaustralia

#8 Baby Nursery with Plants

baby nursery with plants

Kristen @houseoferamiha is a mama to 5 beautiful babies so she is no stranger to setting up a nursery! I absolutely love the textures she has used in her little girl Jordan's room - they add so much warmth to the space. Also note the clever use of wicker baskets for insta-worthy (and more importantly easy) toy storage. 

What makes this room for me is the gorgeous fiddle leaf fig in the corner. Plants are such a wonderful way to make a room feel lighter, brighter and purify the air while they are at it too!

Wondering what type of plants are best for a baby nursery? Opt for a fiddle leaf fig like Kristen or other child-safe plants such as a Pilea plant. Just be sure to check with a reputable gardener or your local GP what is best for your children's age.

Budget saving tip: If you have time up your sleeve, consider taking a plant cutting from one of your friend's plants and propagate one yourself! For a quicker option, there is a plant species (and store) for every budget so check out your local garden nursery.

Shop the look: Floral Toddler Bamboo Pyjamas @oioi_global, Cot @danish_by_design, Soft Toys @cuddleandkind, Floor Rug @hunterandnomad, Planter @mowglistudio, Basket @adairs

#9 Light & Bright

Small twin nursery layout ideas

There have been so many adorable Instagram stories posted by Bec @rebeccalittle_ of her twin girls having little conversations with each other while sitting up in their cots!

Bec kept their nursery fun, light & bright and we love her for it! We love the matchy matchy cots next to each other and the personalised wall art from a small mum-run biz. A wonderful example of keeping your nursery design simple.

Budget saving tip: Keep it simple and invest in the key items first - you don't have to have the space 100% complete for baby's arrival and can add more decor after their arrival.

Shop the lookPink Gingham Baby Girl Bodysuit @oioi_global, Cot @mockaaustralia, Wall Art @sproutandsparrow

#10 Scandi Boho

scandi boho baby nursery

This nursery is actually something we styled with a few wonderful Instagram brands specifically for a giveaway, so there is a reason why it looks way too pretty (and also, not baby safe with the wall art on the dresser there).

But this example itself starts the conversation around not compromising your baby nursery budget or safety needs just to get the perfect Instagram shot! Styling your dream baby room will always be a work in progress - there is no need to put pressure on yourself. Have fun with it & enjoy thinking of creative ways to make it special!

Budget saving tip: Get the trending Instagram look by sourcing vintage rattan furniture from second-hand or vintage stores (again, be mindful of safety!)

Shop the look: Tan Nappy Bag @oioi_global, Lounger @dockatot, Bassinet @sacredbundle, Blanket @snugglehunnykids, Clothing @ziggylou_, Wall Print @little_leggs, Decor @littlemerchants_, Toys @jackandwillow, Clothing @oakie.baby

We hope that you enjoyed reading this blog article. Special thanks to the wonderful mums who allowed us to feature their nurseries and our followers who shared their nursery budget ideas. OiOi is a family run Melbourne business who have built a strong reputation over 23 years for designing Australia's best nappy bags, stroller organisers & pram liners. We also now have a beautiful range of bamboo baby clothing in unique textiles, perfect for your next baby shower gift. Follow us on Instagram @oioi_global for daily inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for beautiful fortnightly emails.

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