5 Stylish nursery ideas and designing tips for first-time parents


Do you have a mini-me on the way? Here is what you need to know about preparing a nursery for your little boy or girl. 

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Parents always go above and beyond for their kids and the bedroom is no exception. If you are at a loss about how to go about decorating the nursery, then start off with our guide on how to prepare and design your baby’s nursery.


1. Picking the room

This is the most crucial step in starting your nursery. When choosing the right room for your baby, it is important to choose one with lots of light. If you will be renovating the room and have a say in the type of floor you want, go with light tiles or hardwood floors that show dirt and is easy to clean.

2. Choose a colour scheme

Decided to keep the sex of the baby a secret? Or just avoiding gender roles in general? Picking a neutral colour scheme is the way to go.  Find a colour that is calming and relaxing, like soft greens, pale blues, or even light grey.


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Painted walls too plain for your liking? Then paint stripes to add a fun element!

3. Find the right baby crib

It is important to choose a baby crib that works for your child, family planning needs, and one that goes well with the room.

If you find that the classic crib doesn’t quite cut it in terms of money’s worth, there is also the convertible crib that can grow with your child.  If you want the option of toting your child from room to room, then we recommend portable baby cribs.

Another thing to take into consideration is the colour of your baby bed. To be on the safe side, keep it neutral or in a classic wooden finish.

4. Determine your storage needs

Even the teeniest tiniest baby clothes need to be tucked away neatly for easy organisation and accessibility. Keep them within reach with chests of drawers and make use of creative storage solutions like acrylic boxes for diapers and other bulky baby items. You can even put a changing mat on top and voila, you have got a changing table!

5. Pick a comfy sofa

Apart from storage, you would also want to consider getting a comfortable one-seater for all the times you will be nursing there. Consider the upholstery and how it fits into the current theme, though comfort should always come first.


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6. Decorate the room

A bare nursery can be a drain, especially when you are tired and just want a visual pick-me-up. Add a touch of yourself with a fun print, woolly rugs, or family pictures that will make you and the baby feel at home.

The child will grow in this room, so avoid major thematic designs that are permanent or semi-permanent. You want a room that is able to grow with the child and not one that needs a complete overhaul when they start voicing opinions about the zoo mural. Future you will thank you for doing this.

7. Set the mood

Lighting is another important factor to consider – avoid fluorescent lights as the glare can be stressful for you and the baby.

Even if the room gets lots of natural sunlight, you will need a soft lamp come nightfall, and for days when natural sunlight is too harsh. Pick a lamp that suits the mood and theme that you’ve picked for the nursery.

If you are at a loss, an adjustable arc floor lamp is a versatile pick that will be perfect for most situations.

8. Baby-proof the room

The final step when preparing the nursery is to baby-proof the room. A newborn does not pose that big of a hazard, but when they start learning to crawl (or God forbid, walk!), you would want to make sure your baby will be safe should you happen to take your eyes off them for a minute.

Bolt furniture to the walls, as they can topple over if your child tries to use the drawers as a staircase to heaven, and avoid storage solutions that can snap shut over your child’s fingers or body.

5 nursery ideas

With so much to consider, like storage for baby clothes and paraphernalia and dedicated nursing zones, it is crucial for you to get nursery design down pat. We have compiled a list of nurseries from Malaysian homes that are sure to inspire your room remodelling:

1. Sailor-themed nursery 

This nursery flaunts a gorgeous shade of baby blue that pairs well with the white crib and furnishing. To add a sense of serenity and whimsy, the interior designer used stuffed toys, decals, and fun patterns.

2. Gender-neutral nursery

If you are looking for something subtler, this gender-neutral nursery nook could be the answer. This nook only takes up one wall of your bedroom and manages to fit a dresser for your baby clothes, a baby crib, and a comfy chair. The nook is pulled together by chevron wallpaper, giving design to an otherwise basic white.

3. From closet to nursery

In this home, the nursery is a converted walk-in closet that welcomes the homeowners’ bundle of joy. So instead of making over an entire room, the interior designer used the closet space as a temporary kid’s room until the baby transitions into her own bedroom.

4. For small spaces

If your bedroom is rather small, be sure to only include the essentials when creating a nursery nook. A few storage units and a baby bed is all this homeowner required in their nook. To complete the look, they opted for geometric wall art with soft colours.

5. The 2-in-1 nursery

If you have more than one kid, you can combine both the nursery and the toddler’s room. With statement décor and storage pieces, the interior designer opted for a white base to help visually pull the room together.