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Words by Laura Culbert. Photography by Anne Peeters. Published: 18/05/23

By balancing fashionable accents with functionality, you can make the nursery a comfortable, happy space for both you and your baby.

One of the most exciting parts of having a baby (besides actually meeting your bundle of joy, of course) is styling the nursery. Whether you’re wanting a full room redesign or just a few modern updates, there are so many cute nursery ideas and baby room furniture options that you can call on to add some personality to the space. But as well as adorable, a nursery needs to be calm, comfortable and safe. Fortunately, Target has all bases covered with an array of quality and value-for-money pieces that put the fun in functional, from bassinets to blankets (plus everything else baby might need, including high chairs, baby seats and baby bouncers). Need some ideas and inspiration to find your perfect style? Here are three of our favourite nursery ideas and the best nursery colours – plus how to get the look at Target.

Our nursery ideas will help you create a beautiful space for you and your baby with baby furniture, nursery accessories and baby décor at Target.

Trend 1: Neutral Nursery

Between night feeds and nappy changes, you’ll be spending as much time in the nursery as your little one, so don’t be afraid to find baby furniture that aligns with your own personal taste. Scandi-inspired interiors are still big news, and it’s not just you who will love the space – the minimalist, uncluttered nature of the style means it can help create a soothing feel which is just what a newborn needs. To achieve the look, embrace a simple yet sophisticated palette of neutral nursery colours like white, beige and caramel, then mix in tactile pieces such as timber and rattan.

The beauty of this style is that it is gender neutral, plus it will grow with your little one – a few baby room décor updates, such as swapping a change table for a play table or a baby play mat for a rug, are all that’s needed as your child gets older.

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Childcare Osmo Change Table. Shop now

Childcare Osmo Change Table

Kids Treasure Chest Basket. Shop now

Kids Treasure Chest Basket

bub. Plush Rattle Elephant. Shop now

bub. Plush Rattle Elephant

bub. Organic Cotton Fitted Cot Sheet. Shop now

bub. Organic Cotton Fitted Cot Sheet

Trend 2: Nature-inspired Nursery

Time in nature has been shown to boost a child’s happiness and imagination so bring the outdoors in with a nursery inspired by our natural world. Flora, fauna and other environmental elements such as suns and rainbows are a sweet way to introduce your baby to the world around us.

The key to mastering this trend and ensuring its longevity is to keep the motifs subtle – opt for a floral sheet or pillow, throw a rainbow-print baby blanket casually over an armchair or perhaps adorn the walls with rattan stars or a cloud mirror.

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bub. Organic Cotton Arlo Washed Fitted Cot Sheets - Purple / Mauve. Shop now

bub. Organic Cotton Arlo Washed Fitted Cot Sheets - Purple / Mauve

Childcare Osmo Change Table. Shop now

Childcare Osmo Change Table

Pair the entire look back with soft, muted pastels – pink and blue are always popular, but we also love gender-neutral nursery colours such as cream, grey and yellow. Then choose a simple white hue for the main items of furniture such as the baby bassinet and change table. This will create a space that’s full of character and will stimulate your child, yet never go out of style.

Trend 3: Gorgeous Green Nursery

Cool Matcha has been named as a Key Color for A/W 24/25, signalling green as the latest ‘It’ shade in interiors. But more than just aesthetically pleasing, green is known to have a calming, relaxing effect – making it the perfect choice for a baby’s nursery.

Used in a light shade on the walls, it also provides an ideal backdrop for a room themed around animals and dinosaurs. Indulge your inner child with an elephant play mat, bunny rug or a woolly mammoth rocking horse.

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Cleo Bedside Sleeper & Bassinet Premium. Shop now

Cleo Bedside Sleeper & Bassinet Premium

Cleo Wooden Balance Bouncer. Shop now

Cleo Wooden Balance Bouncer

Keep the fun going with dinosaur decals on the wall or a cute koala cot sheet. You can even continue the theme on the bookshelf with a mix of forever classics and new titles that are equally wild at heart. Our favourites? The Rainbow Fish, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, One Keen Koala and What Dinosaur Am I? Another theme that works well set against green is outer space. Rockets, moons and astronauts on everything from baby blankets and cot sheets to wall art will encourage your little one to shoot for the stars.

Easy Updates

Sometimes, you just need a few on-trend pieces here and there to transform a room into a modern, stylish nursery – especially if you already have all the basic gear from an older sibling.

Wall decals, such as plywood dinosaurs or a framed canvas, are an easy way to revamp a tired room. String lights or a cute lamp are also simple additions – and serve an important purpose, providing a dim light for all those night feeds. Lastly, a few storage baskets (which you can put to good use by filling them with baby clothes, baby PJs, baby blankets and toys) in chic muted hues will allow you to nod to the current colour trends without having to spend too much.

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Hagen Diamond Lattice Rug - 120cm x 180cm. Shop now

Hagen Diamond Lattice Rug - 120cm x 180cm

Peter Rabbit Book and Toy. Shop now

Peter Rabbit Book and Toy

Safety First

While the style of your nursery is important, safety should always be a top priority. The cot (and portacot, if you require one for travel) should meet Australian standards, the cot mattress should be firm and bedding should be tucked in tightly (or use a swaddle bag). Also make sure you remove any toys from the cot before bedtime and place your baby on its back with its feet at the bottom of the cot or bassinet to keep their airways clear.

Feeling inspired by our nursery ideas? Then it’s time to start styling! Head to Target for everything you need to ensure your baby has sweet, safe dreams..

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Not all brands or items are available at all stores or online. Due to unforeseen circumstances, some items in this article may not be available at the time of publication. This article is created for your inspiration and some items shown are for illustration purposes only.

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