21 Modern Nursery Ideas


  Emily Henderson

Planning a nursery? You can’t go wrong with a bright and modern space. With its emphasis on functionality, modern design is a practical choice for busy moms. But “functional” doesn’t have to mean ugly. Modern design is best described as “the place where form and functionality meet.” It’s about creating beauty in a simple, workable space.

First and foremost, keep things simple and clutter free. The goal is to use only what you need; the trick is to make the things you need beautiful. In modern design, everyday objects can be a work of art. Look for clean lines and sculptural elements, and splurge on stylish light fixtures. Opt for a neutral color palette and keep your nursery theme subtle while emphasizing understated elements of design like texture and pattern.

Second, remember that how you use your space is as important as how it looks. Be sure you can easily lay your hands on the things you need, and consider using hooks and cubbies for easy access. Look for versatile pieces and add wheels to furniture for added functionality.

Finally, leave babyish behind. A modern space is a fresh and sophisticated space. It’s a space your little one can grow into and enjoy for years to come. Create a room an adult would love, and then fill it with the things your little one will adore.

Need a little inspiration? These gorgeous modern nursery rooms are guaranteed to give you the right idea! 

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    Modern Minimalist

    Modern minimalist nursery


    This beautiful nursery space, created by the design team at Rehabitat, is the perfect example of modern minimalism at its best.

    Clean white walls, understated furnishings, and plenty of uncluttered floor space give the room a bright, airy feel and a prevailing sense of openness, proving that less can be oh so much more. 

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    Moroccan Beauty

    Modern Moroccan nursery

    Inspired by a trip to Morocco, this simple yet chic space, designed by the style maven behind the popular wedding blog Ruffled, combines clean modern style with jet-setting flair.

    The two-toned midcentury-inspired crib and the graphic print accent wall with its adorable full-color camel make the perfect statement in this otherwise understated space, allowing a rich yet muted collection of Moroccan-style textiles to blend in seamlessly. 

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    Modern Boho

    Modern nursery with black and white floral accent wall
    100 Layer Cake-Let

    This beautiful baby girl’s room, spotted on 100 Layer Cake-let features clean lines, minimal dressings, and a healthy dose of modern Boho chic. The large-scale floral print, richly textured rug, and dramatic potted plant are all hallmarks of this new and popular take on Bohemian style.

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    Perfect Symmetry

    Neutral twin nursery
    Nat Your Average Girl

    A focus on balance and shape combined with geometric accents, woven textiles, and earthy touches of green make this “modern Boho” twin nursery, designed by Natalie of Nat Your Average Girl, more than stylish enough for two!

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    Color Pop

    Modern graphic black and white nursery with colorful pops of Kelly Green
    Nothing Down About It

    Pops of bright kelly green bring life and energy this fun and modern boy’s room shared by Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It.

    Black and white spaces featuring modern lines and graphic prints and patterns have been popular in recent years, but the addition of a strong, knock-your-socks off accent color gives this bold space a refreshing twist. 

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    Black, White, and Gold

    Sophisticated and modern nursery in black, white, and gold
    Project Nursery

    This sophisticated nursery space, featured on Project Nursery, is the perfect example of what is becoming a very popular trend: nurseries that don’t look like nurseries.

    Former bachelorette, Emily Maynard, wanted a simple, modern space for her little one; something that would feel instep with the rest of her home and would grow with her child. With its clean lines, modern furnishings, rich textural accents, and bold abstract art, this black, white, and gold beauty more than fits the bill. 

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    Chalkboard Mural

    Modern Woodland Nursery
    Studio Gray House

    A one-of-a-kind graphic chalkboard mural is a showstopper in this modern take on the woodland nursery, spotted on Grey House Studio

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    Modern Mountain Range

    Geometric mountain mural in modern neutral nursery
    Project Nursery

    By taking the understated, geometric approach, this adorable, gender-neutral space, featured on Project Nursery, offers a subtle nod to the rustic woodland trend without compromising its clean-cut, modern style. 

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    Clean Contemporary

    Simple white nursery space with dramatic wall mural
    Emily Henderson

    Want to make a bold statement without sacrificing a clean and contemporary design? Try emphasizing a single design element in a big way.

    The large-scale wall mural in this white on white nursery by Emily Henderson Interiors, stands is stark contrast to its relatively simple surroundings, drawing the eye and heightening the drama in this bright and modern space. 

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    Bold Boho Print

    Modern nursery with bold boho cactus print

    A large-scale Boho cactus print sets the scene in this modern nursery room from Tellkiddo where vibrant green plants bring an unadulterated dose of life, energy and color to this richly textured, gender-neutral space.

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    Midcentury Modern

    Modern Midcentury-inspired girls room in pink and navy
    Elisabeth Mcknight

     A generous splash of pink with rich navy and gold accents makes this sophisticated midcentury-inspired nursery, designed by Elisabeth McKnight, all girl.

    The dresser, oversized mirror, and abstract statement piece are a classic midcentury fit, and the plants and gorgeous print rug add the perfect touch of trendy Boho. 

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    Textile Haven

    Modern Neutral nursery with rich texture

    In modern design, texture and pattern rule to add richness to an understated aesthetic. This rich, neutral nursery space, spotted on Instagram, puts both of these key elements to good use, creating a warm and vibrant space without the aid of color. 

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    Geometric Focus

    Black and white nursery with geometric accent wall
    Snappy Casual

    This bold boy’s room, spotted on Snappy Casual, centers around a black and white geometric motif punctuated by a dramatic black wall. Clean lines and a minimalist approach keep the space looking sharp and modern.

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    Bright and Modern

    Bright and modern nursery room in neutral colors

    Small Fry

    This bright and airy nursery space, spotted on Small Fry, incorporates soft pastels, comfy textures, and lots of natural light, creating a modern yet soothing haven for baby. 

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    Graphic Mix

    Black and white nursery with eclectic mix of graphic patterns
    Apartment Therapy

    This cheery little nursery, featured on Apartment Therapy, boasts a lively mix of graphic patterns all tied together in a clean-cut black and white color scheme. A sculpted geometric pendant lamp in glossy black adds the perfect touch to this modern space.

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    Modern Duo

    Modern, black and white twin room
    Style Me Pretty

    With its clean lines, sparse accessories, and an emphasis on balance and symmetry, this swoon-inducing nursery for two, featured on Style Me Pretty, boasts plenty of modern  appeal.

    A dynamic duo of bold prints and gold accents add the perfect touch of glam for a look that’s sophisticated and chic. 

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    Tribal Mod

    Modern midcentury-inspired nursery with tribal theme
    Regan Baker

    This sweet little tribal nursery, created by Regan Baker Designs, proves that modern decor and popular nursery themes are not mutually exclusive. The trick? Go understated. Start with a simple modern space and incorporate a few key elements to suggest your theme. 

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    Starry Night

    Modern navy blue and gold nursery with celestial theme
    Suzann Kletzien Design.

    Created by Suzann Kletzian Designs, this modern nursery in rich navy and gold, offers a subtle take on a celestial theme, using metallic dot decals to suggest a glimmering night sky. Star maps and other celestial charts adorn the walls, enhancing the concept without overwhelming the room’s chic contemporary aesthetic. 

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    Nordic Charm

    Modern Nordic nursery
    Oh Eight Oh Nine/Instagram

    Bright, clean, and thoroughly modern, Nordic design seeks to create functional, kid-friendly spaces that inspire a sense wonder by putting an emphasis on imagination and play.

    Lively patterns and whimsical art prints and accessories bring this simple, modern  Instagram find to life, giving the room its unique charm.

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    Modern Eclectic

    Modern, black and white nursery with colorful accents and black accent wall
    Apartment Therapy

    This one-of-a-kind nursery design featured on Apartment Therapy combines mid-century style furniture, funky accessories, and abstract art into a single fun and modern design. 

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    Graphic Statement

    Neutral nursery with graphic bunny focal wall

    An oversized graphic print and some triangle decals add the perfect touch of whimsy to this sweet, contemporary nursery spotted on Kukun