The Hottest Nursery Trends for 2020

Looking for some nursery ideas? Take a tip from these popular design choices.
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ByTori Swaim
Founder & CEO of New Arrivals and My Baby Sam
Updated
Apr 2020
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If you’re expecting a baby on the way, you’ve probably spent countless hours surfing the internet to find inspiration for baby’s new room. Wondering what the hot nursery trends are right now? As a nursery designer and creator of baby bedding lines, I get a sneak peek at the themes and decor choices families are gravitating toward and what’s about to soar in popularity. Here, some of my favorite fresh nursery trends for this year.

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It’s Raining Rainbows

Rainbows symbolize peace, hope and joy (what better theme for a baby’s room?) and will easily brighten up any nursery. I’m seeing arcs pop up in both muted and vivid colors and in all different types of room decor. From rainbow wall hangings to mobiles, crib bedding, changing pad covers, throw pillows and more, rainbow decor can help create a happy space for your new baby.

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Everything Is Coming Up Rosy

Florals have been a favorite in girl nurseries for some time now. This year, I’m seeing the addition of brighter colorways and bolder patterns to the traditional soft floral trend, offering a more modern twist to the classic feminine nursery. Easily add bold florals to baby’s room with wallpaper, crib bedding, murals and wall décor. With little effort, this fresh, playful look can take your little girl’s room from the baby stage to the teenage years.

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Shabby Chic Gets an Updated Look

The shabby chic vibe has been a go-to for years, but parents these days are opting to combine well-worn elements (like a vintage crib and dresser) with more contemporary decor accents (like a gold accent table and wall shelves) for an updated look. Replace classic pink with today’s trendier blush shade for a nursery full of (upgraded) romantic charm.

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Baby Blue Is Back

After a long hiatus, I’m seeing the popularity of lighter shades of blue in boys’ nurseries making a comeback. For a while there, navy had taken over the spotlight as a pushback against traditional blue. Now, you’ll find a spate of new nursery decor and baby bedding items in baby blue. A serene blue and white palette offers calm, airy, peaceful tones for any nursery (not just boys’ rooms!).

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Farmhouse Style Is Picking Up Speed

Farmhouse-style nurseries began trending in 2019 and continue to be ever so popular in 2020. Shiplap walls, neutral colors, wooden elements and greenery can bring together the coziest (and gender-neutral) farmhouse nursery look. Soft hues create a feeling of warmth and off-white furniture sets the stage for a timeless look.

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Pink and Gray Nurseries Continue to Trend

Pink and grey nurseries have been popular for years, and this color combination shows no sign of slowing down. Plenty of parents still love pink for their baby girl’s room, but with a touch of gray to create a more sophisticated space that exudes both glamour and comfort. Mix and match with crib bedding, wall color, carpets and decor accents.

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Out with Changing Pads, In with Changing Baskets

Changing baskets are not only super-cute, but they’re a great, practical alternative to traditional changing pads. Give your nursery some boho charm with a handmade, seagrass changing basket! With handles on both sides, a changing basket is easily transported throughout your home. When you’re done with diapers, it serves as a cute caddy for toys, books and more.

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Nurseries Are Rocking Old-School Chairs

There’s an abundance of fancy nursery gliders on the market these days, but a new trend is emerging: The use of traditional wooden rockers. A rocking chair is a timeless piece of furniture that can add a dash of vintage style to baby’s room. And stylish, ageless furniture (that, on top of everything, boasts incredible function) is always a good investment.

Tori Swaim is the founder and CEO of New Arrivals, Inc. and My Baby Sam, producers of nursery bedding and decor products. She oversees all product design and celebrity nursery projects. Her design projects have been highlighted in Architectural Digest, People, Domino and more. Swaim lives with her husband in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

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