Joanna Gaines Would Definitely Approve of These Farmhouse Nursery Ideas

Countless times on their show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines created living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms that would make any farmhouse devotee swoon. But it's a look that's not just for "grown-up" spaces — it's also a perfectly delightful aesthetic to bring into a nursery.

Farmhouse is a design approach that's warm, calming, and cozy at its core, qualities you undoubtedly want for your baby's nursery. There are plenty of ways to weave farmhouse charm into a baby nursery: through carefully-chosen antiques or family heirlooms, white color palettes, well-worn wood finishes, and more.

If you're a farmhouse enthusiast who would love to match the look of the nursery with the rest of your home, here are seven lovely baby nursery ideas to get you started:

1. It’s all about plaid.

When it comes to any baby nursery idea, you'll no doubt want to bring personality into the room. One effective way to do that is through wallpaper, preferably in an eye-catching print that adds character to the space. Joanna Gaines is famous for choosing plaid wallpaper for her interiors, and you can capture the same look in the nursery, too. Ashlee of Little Lovelies is showing us how it's done with this black and white setup.

2. Include sweet flea market finds.

nursery idea with flea market decor and fiddle leaf fig tree near crib
credit: Lynzy & Co.

As long as they're not within reach of baby, you can easily decorate with flea market finds in the nursery. Gather up some beloved farmhouse gems (or track down a family heirloom or two). Place them on the dresser or on the wall, which is what Lynzy of Lynzy & Co. did in this vintage-inspired nursery.

3. Create a warm atmosphere.

A farmhouse space can't help but look warm and inviting, especially when it's all wrapped up in soft textures and carefully chosen pieces. Even though it's a nursery, we wouldn't mind spending an afternoon reading in this space, created by Summer of Raising a Farmhouse.

4. Consider old-school touches.

Vintage-inspired nursery idea with wooden crib and small barn-style doors
credit: Tessa Kirby

We believe that a farmhouse nursery isn't a farmhouse nursery without a few throwback details. For instance, this space by Tessa Kirby features a Moses basket bassinet and a Jenny Lind crib, a style that's been popular since the 19th century and still happens to work flawlessly.

5. Adhere to a dreamy white palette.

In the land of farmhouse baby nursery ideas, there's one color that reigns supreme above all others: white. It's clean, classic, and harkens back to traditional spaces. We can't get enough of the bright white shiplap walls in this nursery by Julie of Little Sparrow Co., complemented by furniture showcasing a dark wood finish for added contrast, floor-to-ceiling drapery puddled on the floor at the window, and a floral wreath hung on the wall, adding a delicate pop of greenery.

6. Incorporate distressed wood finishes.

nursery idea with distressed wood walls and green dresser
credit: Amber Massey

Distressed wood finishes, whether they're new or real-deal vintage, always complete the look of a farmhouse nursery idea. From a shiplap wall to furniture to artwork, it will make your baby's space look lived-in and well-loved, visuals that fit Amber Massey's nursery extremely well.

7. Weave in fun and whimsy.

When creating any nursery idea, we advise never taking things too seriously, and this is certainly true of a farmhouse nursery. While perusing your Pinterest feed, keep an eye out for light and whimsical pieces that still have farmhouse flair, like wall art or toys depicting farm animals. These elements are spotlighted in this adorable nursery created by Leanna of Life by Leanna.


Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.