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15 playful nursery décor ideas that aren't just blue or pink

Section: Nursery

Nursery décor has come a long way. For one thing, kitting out a newborn or toddler’s room is no longer limited to reaching for the novelty wallpaper and investing in a few tins of pastel paint in blue or pink. Whatever your thoughts on the rise of 'sharenting' and ‘mummy bloggers,’ one side effect of this shift in parenting trends is that, on Pinterest and beyond, social media is now awash with interiors inspiration for kids rooms that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and – crucially – are imaginative with a major sense of fun.

From colourful, creative storage solutions to kid-friendly printed wallpaper and paint ideas, we've scoured Pinterest to bring you some brilliant nursery ideas that you'll want to recreate for your own little ones...

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1) Safari adventures

Open their eyes to the world with a map mural like this one…
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2) See the world

...or perhaps this grey slate alternative?
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3) Jungle fever

Consider a textured wall to really add interest (we love the contrast between the deep green and oat brown shades,too)
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4) Make mountains

A mountain wall is a Pinterest-fave, that’s also kid-friendly and really easy to pull off. Win win. 
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5) Colour block

Clean lines and muted neon hues make for stylish kids’ bedrooms. 
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6) Minimalist design

The dream minimalist children's' room: simple shapes, pared-down colours, and not a rogue Lego brick in sight.
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7) In a far away land...

You love botanically-inspired wallpaper - so there's no reason why your kids won't, too.
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8) Paint job

A cute way to add pops of colour: paint the inside of box shelves in complementary shades.
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9) Rainbow shelves

We can dream of colour-coordinated shelves for kids (while knowing full well they'd never stay that way in real life...)
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10) Low-key patterns 

A mix of low-key patterns adds interest to a minimalist nursery set-up.
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11) A pop of pink

Try this more graphic take on the mountain wall: combine geometric shapes and pattern for an eye-catching corner.
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12) Organised chaos

Even clutter can look good with the right storage: start off with minimalist-friendly box shelves, like these ones...
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13) Cosy corner

Turn an alcove or unusually shaped nook into a feature with some statement wallpaper.
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14) Room to bloom

A beautiful (and yes, very Pinterest-friendly) way to bring blooms into the nursery: a floral twist on the traditional mobile.
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15) Starry night 

Create a calming bedroom set up with a muted colour palette and some night sky motifs.

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