How to create an animal-themed nursery

How to create an animal-themed nursery

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If you're expecting a baby and want to create a warm and playful space for them to grow and learn, an animal-themed nursery is a great choice. Creating an animal-themed nursery is a fun and creative project that can bring a lot of joy to your family. With the right flooring, colour scheme, and décor, you can create a space that's both playful and comfortable for your newborn.

In this guide, we'll provide tips on how to create a cute, animal-themed nursery that your child will love spending time in, from the décor you can choose to how to create an animal-themed wall mural, we’ve got plenty of style inspiration to share with you.

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Animal-themed nursery ideas

An animal-themed nursery is a fun and playful space for your infant. When creating your animal-themed nursery, consider the best flooring options for a child's room, choose a colour scheme that works with your animal-themed décor, and add some playful accents to bring the room to life.


Colour schemes for an animal-themed nursery

When choosing a colour scheme for your animal-themed nursery, consider the type of animals you want to feature.

  • Use shades of green and brown to create a jungle-themed nursery – use as your base colours and then add monkeys or tigers in a mural.
  • If you're focusing on a particular animal, like a panda or a penguin, you could incorporate the animal's natural colours – in this case black and white – into the décor.
  • Use a neutral colour palette of grey, white, and beige - these tones can work well with any animal-themed décor – or indeed any décor – and can easily be updated as your child grows.
  • Consider bright, bold hues like red, yellow, and orange for a bold pop of colour. These can be used in accents like bedding, curtains, and wall art to add a playful touch to the room.
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Best flooring for an animal-themed nursery

The flooring in your nursery can set the tone for the entire room - check out our best child-friendly flooring options guide for more insights. Some options you could use:



For nurseries, soft, comfortable flooring is a must, and there are a few options that work well with an animal theme. Carpet is a popular choice for nurseries because it's soft and comfortable for babies (and parents!) to lie or play on – check out our pick of the best carpets for childrens' bedrooms for inspiration. You can choose a neutral or light-coloured carpet that will work with any animal-themed décor you choose.


Laminate and vinyl

If you prefer hard flooring, consider installing a laminate or vinyl floor. These materials are durable and easy to clean, making them a great choice for a child's room where paint, food spills, and the occasional slip-ups are likely to occur. Luxury vinyl flooring is also great options for an animal-themed nursery.

Luxury vinyl flooring is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns, including wood-look and stone-look designs that can complement your animal-themed décor. It's also durable and easy to clean, making it a great choice for a child's room.


Engineered wood

Engineered wood flooring is also a great option as it provides a warm and natural look to the room, which can complement an animal-themed décor. It's also durable and long-lasting, ensuring that it can withstand the wear and tear of an active child. If you want to ensure that your kids have somewhere comfortable to play on smooth flooring though, you can add a soft rug to provide a cosy play area.

Animal décor for a nursery

Once you’ve got the foundations of the room sorted (your flooring and walls) you can begin to jump into the decorative little touches that will add lots of fun and even more colour into the room! There are many ways to incorporate animal-themed décor into your nursery, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Wall art - Hang animal-themed prints or canvases on the wall. You can choose prints of real animals or cute, cartoon-like animals.
  • Plush toys - Snuggly toys are a classic addition to any nursery. You can choose from a variety of animal options, including bears, lions, and giraffes.
  • Animal print bedding - Animal print bedding is a fun way to add some personality to your nursery. You can choose from a variety of prints, including leopard, zebra, and tiger.
  • Mobiles - A mobile is a great way to add some visual interest to your nursery. You can choose an animal-themed mobile with cute characters that your baby will love to look at.


Painting mural walls for an animal-themed nursery

A mural wall is a great way to create a focal point in your nursery. Once you've chosen your design, you can either paint the mural yourself or hire a professional. If you're painting the mural yourself, be sure to use high-quality, non-toxic paint that won't harm your child. You can also use stencils or wall decals to create a simpler design.

If you don’t want a full mural, consider adding a simple border or accent wall with animal-themed wallpaper or decals. This can be a great way to add some personality to your nursery without committing to a full artistic project.

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Check out more nursery ideas at Tapi

Creating an animal themed nursery can be a fun and exciting project for any parent-to-be. By following the tips and ideas we've shared in this guide, you can design a space that is both adorable and functional for your tot.

Don't forget to check out the Ideas Hub and Style Inspiration sections of our website for even more ideas and inspiration for rooms in your home, including our guide on creating the perfect playroom. And if you want to see and feel the carpets and flooring in person, we recommend visiting your local Tapi store.

Our friendly and knowledgeable floorologists are always on hand to help you find the perfect flooring and accessories for your animal themed nursery. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your dream nursery today and create a cosy and cute space that you and your baby will love.

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Published: 23-03-2023