Upgrade Your Nursery with These Adorable Animal Art Prints!

Nursery Art Baby Animal Safari Prints

Alright, soon-to-be parents, buckle up because we’re about to embark on the delightful journey of nursery decor. If you’re anything like I was during pregnancy, you’re probably knee-deep in Pinterest boards, trying to figure out the perfect room for your little one. Let me tell you, adding some adorable animal art prints is a game-changer. Not only do they make the room look irresistibly cute, but they also come with a whole host of benefits for your baby. So, let’s dive into how you can transform your nursery into the ultimate cozy and captivating space!

The Benefits of Animal Art in a Nursery

Customer photo of little baby admiring his baby animal prints

Visual Stimulation

First off, let’s talk about 👀 visual stimulation 👀. Babies are naturally drawn to colorful and interesting shapes. Think of animal art prints as the baby version of a captivating Netflix series. When my first kiddo was born, her nursery was decked out with our animal prints. Watching her little eyes light up at the sight of a playful elephant or giraffe was like watching someone discover ice cream for the first time. These prints didn’t just make her room look adorable; they also engaged her senses from day one.

Emotional Comfort

There’s something incredibly comforting about having friendly animal faces in the nursery. Imagine waking up to a room full of cheerful companions every day. My son always grinned at the monkey print above his crib. It became part of our nightly routine to say goodnight to each animal, and honestly, it made bedtime smoother (which, as any new parent will tell you, is pure gold).

Photo credit easton.s.h - Baby on changing table with baby animal prints on wall above

Educational Value

Introducing animals and nature to your baby early on can foster curiosity and a love for wildlife. Animal art prints are like the Swiss Army knife of nursery decor – cute, functional, and educational. As your child grows, you can use the prints to teach them animal names, sounds, and habitats. My kids loved pointing out their favorite animals and mimicking their sounds. Our nursery turned into a mini zoo, complete with giggles and the occasional "roar" that sounded more like a hiccup.

Choosing the Perfect Animal Art Prints

Style and Theme

When it comes to selecting animal art prints, you’ve got a plethora of styles and themes to choose from. Are you more into whimsical, cartoonish looks or realistic depictions? Popular themes include:

For my son’s nursery, we went with a woodland theme. Think neutral ... prints of foxes and bears. It gave the room a serene, magical feel – like a scene straight out of a fairy tale's forest.

Colorful green and multicolor girls bedroom with woodland animal prints on the wall

Color Palette

Next up, the color palette. Your prints should complement your nursery’s overall color scheme. If you’ve gone with soft pastels, look for animal prints in matching hues to create a harmonious look. Or, if you’re feeling bold, use contrasting colors to make the prints pop.

We opted for a neutral and pastel palette with bright green accents for our daughter’s nursery. The animal prints we chose featured neutral colors, adding just the right amount of balance.

Print Quality and Size

Quality matters, folks! High-quality prints ensure they’ll last and maintain their charm over time. Pay attention to the size of the prints as well. Large prints can make a bold statement, while smaller ones are perfect for creating a charming gallery wall.

Mixing sizes adds visual interest. Consider jazzing things up with animals from different themes, and different sizes. It'll make for a balanced and engaging display that is sure to make your nursery a hit on Instagram (and with the grandparents).

Gallery wall featuring various baby animal prints in 16x20 and 8x10 sizes
Pictured: 8"x10" prints and 16"x20" prints in same-sized frames

Creative Ways to Display Animal Art Prints

Framing Options

Framing is like the icing on the cake – it can really make your prints stand out. Classic frames add a touch of elegance, while modern frames offer a sleek look. For a whimsical vibe, consider colorful frames or rustic wood frames.

We went with inexpensive IKEA frames in a light wood finish for our daughter’s animal prints. It gave the artwork a light and airy feel. You can find similar frames at IKEA - check out their "Rödalm" frame. Double check sizes to make sure they'll fit your prints, as IKEA's sizing can sometimes be a little wonky.

Gallery Walls

Creating a gallery wall is a fantastic way to display multiple prints. Arrange different sizes and styles to create an eye-catching display. Pro tip: lay out your arrangement on the floor before committing to nails and hooks.

In our son’s nursery, we created a gallery wall with a mix of woodland animals. It became the focal point of the room, drawing everyone’s attention and adding a playful, artistic touch.

Standalone Statements

Sometimes, one big, bold print is all you need. Choose an oversized print to serve as a focal point above the crib or changing table.

For a friend’s nursery, we picked three large prints (16"x20") of a giraffe, zebra and elephant to hang over the crib - a bold statement, for sure. It was a heartwarming display that instantly became the star of the room, setting a loving tone.

Integrating Animal Art Prints with Nursery Decor

Complementary Decor Items

To create a cohesive look, match your animal prints with themed decor items. Think stuffed animals, bedding, and rugs that feature similar animals or patterns.

In our woodland-themed nursery, we added a plush neutral rug and animal-themed bedding, and plush animals from H&M and IKEA. These elements complemented the wall art and created a unified, enchanting space.

Baby's nursery with animal theme artwork and toys

Themed Decor Ideas

If you have a specific theme in mind, carry it through the entire room. For a safari-themed nursery, add elements like animal-shaped lamps, mobiles, and pillows.

A friend of mine went all out with an under-the-sea nursery. Fish and sea creature prints, a mobile with hanging dolphins and turtles, and even a bubble machine! It was like a mini aquarium (without the smell of fish food, thank goodness).

Balancing Elements

Balance is key to avoid overwhelming the space. Mixing and matching different styles can create a dynamic look, but ensure that there’s a sense of harmony.

In our daughter’s nursery, we balanced the neutral animal prints with a mix of more brightly colored, but softly textured, furnishings. It allowed the prints to shine without making the room feel too cluttered.

DIY Animal Art Prints

Printable Art

Printable art is a convenient and cost-effective option. Purchase digital files (the "Printable Art Package" from The Crown Prints and print them at home or at a local print shop. This option offers flexibility in choosing your preferred print sizes and materials.

We used printable art all the time for quick and easy decor updates. It’s a great way to experiment with different styles without a significant investment.


Incorporating adorable animal art prints into your nursery is a wonderful way to create a warm, engaging, and visually stimulating environment for your baby. From choosing the perfect prints to displaying them creatively, these tips will help you transform your nursery into a cozy, enchanting space.

Animal art prints bring joy, comfort, and a touch of magic to your baby’s room. Happy decorating, and enjoy creating a beautiful space for your little one!

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