Scandinavian Nursery Ideas

Scandinavian nursery ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a scandinavian 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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Nursery designed by Samantha Rice
NurseryDesigned by Samantha Rice
Nestig Design Challenge - Make Way For Ducklings designed by Deborah B
Nestig Design Challenge - Make Way For DucklingsDesigned by Deborah B
Nursery | Spoonflower Design Challenge designed by Daniela Araya
Nursery | Spoonflower Design ChallengeDesigned by Daniela Araya
Minimal and Calming designed by aLICIA PENCOLA
Minimal and CalmingDesigned by aLICIA PENCOLA
Untitled designed by Kalyn Bullard
UntitledDesigned by Kalyn Bullard
Moroccan rug layout designed by Shannon Oakes
Moroccan rug layoutDesigned by Shannon Oakes
Untitled designed by Lauren Calero
UntitledDesigned by Lauren Calero
Wallpaper All Over designed by Dawn McIntyre
Wallpaper All OverDesigned by Dawn McIntyre
Untitled designed by ANNA SULEWSKI
UntitledDesigned by ANNA SULEWSKI
Nursery Design Basics designed by Jessica Sweet
Nursery Design BasicsDesigned by Jessica Sweet
Nursery designed by Kristen Dominguez
NurseryDesigned by Kristen Dominguez
Spoonflower designed by Liliane Haas
SpoonflowerDesigned by Liliane Haas
Nestig Design Challenge designed by Kaci Chesser McCombs
Nestig Design ChallengeDesigned by Kaci Chesser McCombs
Nursery (copy) designed by Dariela Morehouse
Nursery (copy)Designed by Dariela Morehouse
Nursery designed by Beige Studio
NurseryDesigned by Beige Studio
Color Blast designed by Mads Ferrell
Color BlastDesigned by Mads Ferrell
Product Roundup designed by Katherine Frank
Product RoundupDesigned by Katherine Frank
Product Roundup designed by Grace Wagenman
Product RoundupDesigned by Grace Wagenman
Oh The Places! Nursery designed by Ashley Carvalho
Oh The Places! NurseryDesigned by Ashley Carvalho
BGM Vibe Board designed by Christine Merrill
BGM Vibe BoardDesigned by Christine Merrill
Spoonflower designed by Lorie Elrod
SpoonflowerDesigned by Lorie Elrod
Summer Day Daisies designed by Alyssa Gross
Summer Day DaisiesDesigned by Alyssa Gross
Nursery designed by Carley Derrick
NurseryDesigned by Carley Derrick
Untitled designed by Victoria Wootton
UntitledDesigned by Victoria Wootton

Design tips for decorating a scandinavian style nursery

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

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

Scandinavian interior design is known for its simplicity, functionality, and connection to nature. Scandinavia most commonly refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Renowned for its minimalist aesthetic and clean lines, it is deeply rooted in the Nordic principle of creating light-filled, airy environments that evoke a sense of calm and comfort.

To achieve a Scandinavian nursery, start by cultivating an atmosphere that feels open and bright. Opt for a soft, neutral color palette that includes shades of white, beige, and gray to serve as a tranquil backdrop for your space. White walls not only amplify the natural light but also create a canvas for adding depth and interest through texture and subtle contrasts. Incorporate natural materials like light wood, leather, and wool to create a cozy and comfortable environment. Scandi furniture is elegantly simple and designed with both form and function in mind (and yes, Ikea has brought this Swedish design principal to the masses).

Decor in a Scandinavian home should be understated. You may be familiar with the concept of Hygge, a Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality (it’s commonly used to refer to Scandinavian design). This can be introduced through soft lighting, plush textiles, greenery, and personal touches that make your space feel inviting and lived-in. Floor lamps are characteristic of Scandinavian spaces. The Scandinavian style creates a serene and clutter-free space that's both modern and homely, reflecting the Nordic lifestyle's focus on simplicity and wellbeing.

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