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Are you designing a rustic nursery and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Olive Nursery Spoonflower Edition designed by Nichole Monte
Olive Nursery Spoonflower EditionDesigned by Nichole Monte
Untitled designed by Lilia Brubaker
UntitledDesigned by Lilia Brubaker
Nestig Design Challenge designed by lauren roth
Nestig Design ChallengeDesigned by lauren roth
Nursery designed by Ryan Mercer
NurseryDesigned by Ryan Mercer
Untitled designed by CAITLIN NEWMAN
UntitledDesigned by CAITLIN NEWMAN
Nursery designed by Lauren Clark
NurseryDesigned by Lauren Clark
Craft Room Mood Board designed by Priscilla M
Craft Room Mood BoardDesigned by Priscilla M
Untitled designed by Megan Hendel
UntitledDesigned by Megan Hendel
Closer Look- Changing Table designed by Jenni Winter
Closer Look- Changing TableDesigned by Jenni Winter
Nursery designed by Kendell Tetz
NurseryDesigned by Kendell Tetz
Nursery Mood Board designed by Sionna Kelly
Nursery Mood BoardDesigned by Sionna Kelly
Other Mood Board designed by Nicole Kachar
Other Mood BoardDesigned by Nicole Kachar
Other Mood Board designed by Nicole Kachar
Other Mood BoardDesigned by Nicole Kachar
Bedroom Mood Board designed by Meaghan Watrous
Bedroom Mood BoardDesigned by Meaghan Watrous
Bedroom Mood Board designed by Rebekah Clinger
Bedroom Mood BoardDesigned by Rebekah Clinger
Untitled designed by Lauren Donaldson
UntitledDesigned by Lauren Donaldson
Untitled designed by Lauren McDougal
UntitledDesigned by Lauren McDougal
kid space, shed designed by Tess Payne
kid space, shedDesigned by Tess Payne
ALEXA'S CENTERPIECES designed by CityHome DesignTeam
ALEXA'S CENTERPIECESDesigned by CityHome DesignTeam
100 designed by Madison Subry
100Designed by Madison Subry
Nursery designed by christine barringer
NurseryDesigned by christine barringer

Design tips for decorating a rustic style nursery

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

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

Rustic interior design embodies the rugged beauty of nature, highlighting raw, unrefined textures and a palette inspired by the earth's organic tones. It celebrates the authenticity of natural materials, such as exposed wooden beams, wide-plank flooring, and stone accents, creating a cozy atmosphere that connects the indoors with the outdoor world.

The rustic style aesthetic is cozy and unrefined, creating welcoming spaces that celebrate simplicity and the art of repurposing. Rustic design tends to embrace a more neutral color scheme. Rustic color palettes can be either light or dark.

When decorating a rustic nursery interior, select handcrafted or reclaimed furniture and vintage decor that showcases natural imperfections (read: patina) and tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship. The key is to choose items that reflect the natural world's imperfections. Common decor elements include barn doors, shiplap paneling, apron-front sinks, and vintage accessories (think: mason jars, woven baskets, wood cutting boards, or ceramic mixing bowls). Comfortable, overstuffed furniture with durable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, invites relaxation, while galvanized metal and distressed or reclaimed wood adds to the rustic farm aesthetic.

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