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Nestig Design Challenge - sailing into motherhood designed by bailla wink
Nestig Design Challenge - sailing into motherhoodDesigned by bailla wink
nursery designed by Anna Kamerer
nurseryDesigned by Anna Kamerer
babys room boho coastal designed by Erika Sege
babys room boho coastalDesigned by Erika Sege
Nursery (Crib) designed by Rebekah Christie
Nursery (Crib)Designed by Rebekah Christie
Wall Mural designed by Keerthi Sinha
Wall MuralDesigned by Keerthi Sinha
Nursery Design Ib designed by Sonia Damberg
Nursery Design IbDesigned by Sonia Damberg
Baby Rocket Room designed by Heather Kunz
Baby Rocket RoomDesigned by Heather Kunz
Nursery designed by Katie Martin
NurseryDesigned by Katie Martin
Nursery designed by Allison Steffen
NurseryDesigned by Allison Steffen
Nursery Mood Board designed by Garland Malooly
Nursery Mood BoardDesigned by Garland Malooly
Nursery Mood Board designed by Victoria Wright
Nursery Mood BoardDesigned by Victoria Wright
Kylie Santoro 4 designed by Rio Chacon
Kylie Santoro 4Designed by Rio Chacon
Kylie Santoro 2 designed by Rio Chacon
Kylie Santoro 2Designed by Rio Chacon
Kylie Santoro designed by Rio Chacon
Kylie SantoroDesigned by Rio Chacon
Murray Triplet Nursery designed by Maggie Murray
Murray Triplet NurseryDesigned by Maggie Murray
Under The Sea designed by Rachel Seastedt
Under The SeaDesigned by Rachel Seastedt
Untitled designed by Tina Robinson
UntitledDesigned by Tina Robinson
Baby P (V2) designed by Frances Pearce
Baby P (V2)Designed by Frances Pearce
Untitled designed by Stacy Ward
UntitledDesigned by Stacy Ward
Baby P designed by Frances Pearce
Baby PDesigned by Frances Pearce
Untitled (copy 2) designed by Emily Johnson
Untitled (copy 2)Designed by Emily Johnson
Untitled designed by Cass Wright-Braden
UntitledDesigned by Cass Wright-Braden
Untitled designed by Katie Carpenter
UntitledDesigned by Katie Carpenter
Nursery Vibe Board 2023 designed by Ashley Vasquez
Nursery Vibe Board 2023Designed by Ashley Vasquez

Design tips for decorating a coastal style nursery

Here’s how to achieve the coastal aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a coastal nursery?

Nurserys play a monumental role in nurturing the growth and development of your little one. If you’re expecting a new addition to your home, chances are you are already dreaming up the design, color, and style of your nursery (and how you landed on this page!).

Unlike other rooms in the house, nurseries have their own set of unique considerations beyond mere aesthetics. Safety, accessibility, and sensory stimulation all play crucial roles in crafting a space that fosters growth and exploration for your baby.

Whether you're in the process of a nursery remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the nursery and complements the coastal style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Crib: The crib is the centerpiece of every nursery, providing a safe and comfortable sleeping space for the baby. It is where the little one will spend most of their time resting and sleeping. A crib often comes with a mattress and can be adorned with cute bedding and a mobile to engage the baby's senses. Many cribs these days are convertible to grow as your baby does.
  • Changing Table: A changing table is a practical addition to a nursery. It provides a dedicated space for diaper changes and storage for diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials. You can find dedicated changing tables or can turn any sideboard or dresser into one with a proper changing table topper.
  • Rocking Chair or Glider: A rocking chair or glider is a lovely addition to a nursery, offering a cozy spot for feeding, soothing, and bonding with your baby. It provides a comfortable seat for parents or caregivers during those precious moments. If you have the space, we recommend pairing your rocking chair or glider with a footstool or ottoman for maximum comfort.
  • Dresser: A dresser is often included in a nursery to provide storage for baby clothes, blankets, and toys. It helps keep the nursery organized and ensures that everything is easily accessible when needed. Your changing table may double as a dresser, but trust us, you’ll be thankful for the extra storage if you have the floor place.
  • Storage Shelves or Bookcase: Storage shelves or a bookcase can be used to display books, toys, and decorative items in the nursery. They add a touch of charm and provide a place to keep items within reach.
  • Area Rug or Playmat: Soon enough, your baby will be crawling around. Make sure you choose an area rug or playmat that takes up the majority of your square footage and will be comfortable for both you and your baby to spend countless hours playing on.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a nursery, you’d want a flush surface mount on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps near the crib or rocking chair. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light, they help promote a restful sleep environment for your baby, while also adding a layer of privacy and warmth. Opting for blackout or heavy, lined curtains can enhance these effects, making them perfect for ensuring your baby’s comfort and tranquility. Don’t forget a curtain rod!|

Get creative and have fun with your coastal nursery! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Nursery Design.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a coastal nursery design?

Coastal interior design captures the essence of breezy beach living through its use of light, airy color palettes, natural textures, and nautical motifs. This design approach leans heavily on cool colors (particularly shades of blue and white), and warm, sandy neutrals to mirror the colors of the sea, sky, and beach. Coastal interior design comes in many forms, from lavish beach house living in the Hamptoms and condos in Florida to rustic cottages in Martha’s Vineyard and modern seaside California-cool villas on the west coast.

Common coastal decor elements include weathered wood furniture, reflecting the driftwood found along shorelines, fabrics such as linen and cotton take notes from cloudy skies and allow for relaxed, easy living, and materials like jute, wicker, and rattan represent the sandy environment. Shiplap is a popular choice for walls in coastal spaces. Light blue and white tile is common to use in bathrooms or kitchens for a coastal vibe.

When decorating a coastal-inspired beach nursery, you’ll want to keep things bright, airy, and sophisticated. Unless you are specifically going for a theme park nautical adventure room, steer clear of artwork featuring anchors and navy stripes. Instead, opt for an abstract piece that mimics the waves in the ocean. Beachy accents like seashells, coral, and maritime-inspired pieces, such as lanterns and ropes in a chandelier, reinforce the connection to the coastal environment without being corny. Incorporating large windows and ample natural light further blurs the lines between indoors and out, creating a seamless, tranquil retreat that embodies the serene and laid-back lifestyle of coastal regions.

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