Top Tips for a Calm & Tranquil Nursery

For new parents, feeling ‘calm’ might seem like a distant memory. With exciting ‘firsts’ each day and a non-stop cycle of feeds, those early months can pass by in a rather frenzied (albeit lovely) blur.

But when you create a tranquil environment, you and your baby can enjoy a slice of serene in the midst of your busy routine. With calming colours and comfortable furniture, you’ll find it easier to take five, relax, and bond with your little one.

Here are my top tips for creating a calm and tranquil nursery…

Oliver Furniture Wood Mini+ 4 in 1 Cot Bed in White & Oak
Vox Evolve Cot Bed 3 Piece Nursery Furniture Set

Avoid overstimulating colours

Bold and bright colours are great for sensory play. But when you’re trying to relax, they’re not as great…

So when it comes to stimulating your baby, it’s best to use bright toys – and stick to pale, neutral, or pastel tones for your nursery decor instead. It means you can stash the bright colours aside when you’re finished with play, and enjoy a more soothing colour palette when it’s time to relax.

Kids Concept Neo Rocking Mammoth

Use watery blue tones

Did you know that being near watery spaces can calm you down? Scientific studies show that blue spaces – like a lake, pool, or the seaside – have a positive impact on our mental health. And it’s not just down to that Mr Whippy…

When we see the colour blue, we instinctively feel that we’re in a calm and safe environment. So to add a sense of tranquil to your baby’s nursery, bring those watery tones indoors. With soothing properties, blue accessories and walls can help ease a busy mind.

And not only that, but blue is one of the best colours for helping us switch off and sleep. So if you’re looking for nursery colours for your baby, you can’t go far wrong with blue…

This gorgeous ombre rug by Lorena Canals (below) has dreamy ocean tones. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in India, each rug is totally one of a kind. It’s a completely unique and tranquil addition to any calm nursery.

Lorena Canals Ombré Rug
Kids Washable Soft Rug

And this lovely baby rocker by Levo (below) looks stunning with its blue cushion. With a soft rocking function and soothing blue tones, it’ll help you and your baby enjoy a sense of calm. Especially once your baby rocks off to sleep!

Levo Baby Rocker in Beech Wood with Aruba Blue Cushion

Go for natural wood accessories

According to studies in Norway, Japan, Canada, and Austria, being around natural wood can help us calm down. Marjut Wallenius, Doctor of Psychology at the University of Tampere, claims:

“Wooden surfaces make a room feel warmer and cosier and they also have a calming effect. In these properties, wood beats all other normal surface materials”

Apparently, touching wooden surfaces can make us feel safer and closer to nature. So when it comes to kitting out a new nursery, you and your baby will feel cosy and calm around natural wood.

As your baby grows and develops, they won’t be able to keep their hands off this dreamy wooden abacus by Kids Concept (below). With subtle pastel tones and natural wood, this abacus is a must-have accessory for a tranquil nursery. And it’s perfect for practicing sums once your youngster starts school!

Kids Concept Colourful Wooden Abacus

Add soft and cosy textures

Not only are soft textures great for sensory play, but they’re perfect for creating a calm nursery. Soft accessories like blankets and teddies are naturally soothing to touch for babies.

A soft and fluffy rug feels comforting underfoot, and just makes you want to kick off your socks and relax. With its neutral colour and oh-so soft material, this faux fur rug by Kids (below) is ideal for adding a touch of calm.

Kids Faux Fur Round Rug

Introduce some nature to your nursery

Being around nature, or even just looking at scenes of nature, instantly boosts our mood and helps us relax. And while it’s easiest to get your fix of nature outdoors, your baby can still enjoy the calming effects of nature in their nursery.

Houseplants are scientifically proven to reduce stress levels. With mood-boosting and air-purifying properties, plants are a must for creating a calm nursery. So embrace your green fingers, dot some houseplants around your nursery, and relax.

Naturally-inspired accessories can improve your mood, too. Whether it’s shells or flowers, little pieces of nature can make us feel calm and connected to natural life.

The flower-shaped rug by Lorena Canals (below) creates a soothing spot for little ones to play and sleep. Made with only naturally soft materials and dyed in neutral tones, you’ll avoid overstimulating your baby with bright colours. And the lovely floral design will bring a touch of nature indoors…

Lorena Canals Washable Cotton Flower Rug

A clutter-free nursery clears your mind

A clutter-free nursery can mean a clutter-free mind. With less distractions and messy toys spilling over the floor, it’s easier for both you and your baby to unwind.

But when you’re busy looking after a newborn, keeping your nursery tidy isn’t always number one on your to-do list. That’s why it’s good to keep a selection of handy storage baskets and containers to quickly stash away any mind-cluttering mess.

The lovely bear basket from Bloomingville (below) is perfect for keeping stray bits and pieces tidy. It’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s lovingly made with only natural materials to help you stick to a neutral theme.

Bloomingville Water Hyacinth Bear Basket
Teddy Bear Toy Storage Baskets by Bloomingville

Make space for Mum and Dad

After you’ve chosen calming decor, make sure you create a comfortable nook to spend time with your little one. Make space for a comfy chair, and you’ll associate your nursery with cosy cuddles – instead of just nappy changes!

The Gaia Baby Serena Rocking Chair is the perfect addition for a calm nursery. With a choice of a subtle shade of dove grey or oat, this chair will blend seamlessly into its surroundings. You can softly rock your baby to sleep, and take a well-deserved rest once they’ve drifted off to the land of nod.

And with an optional footstool, you can really put your feet up and relax…

Gaia Baby Serena Rocking Chair

Enjoy a slice of calm with Cuckooland

For a calm and clutter-free nursery, we’ve got you covered. With our neutral coordinating furniture sets and comfortable nursing chairs, you can create a serene oasis away from the chaos of day-to-day life.

And if you’d like a helping hand with your nursery, we’re more than happy to offer tips, recommendations, and advice. Just give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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