20 Modern Nursery Ideas

Modern clutter-free nursery with white crib and standing stuffed zebra

  Emily Henderson

You can’t go wrong with a bright and modern space for a nursery. With its emphasis on simplicity and functionality, modern design is a practical choice for busy parents.

The modern nursery is fresh and sophisticated. Its goal is clean lines, sculptural elements, and a clutter-free environment where only the things you need are displayed. Opt for a neutral color palette, splurge on a stylish light fixture, and you've left babyish behind and created a space where your little one can grow into it and enjoy for years to come.

These gorgeous modern nursery rooms are guaranteed to give you ideas and inspiration.

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    Modern Minimalist

    Minimalist nursery with white walls, understated furnishings, and uncluttered floor


    This beautiful nursery space, created by the design team at Rehabitat, is the perfect example of modern minimalism. Clean white walls, understated furnishings, and uncluttered floor space give the room a bright, airy feel and a sense of openness, proving that less can be oh so much more. 

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    Moroccan Beauty

    Modern nursery with camel print, and Moroccan-style ottoman, and basket


    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 modern-inspired crib and the adorable full-color camel print on the wall make the perfect statement in this otherwise understated space. Moroccan-style touches blend in seamlessly, including the ottoman on the floor, woven basket and light fixture, and the rich red fabric draped on the crib.

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    Modern Boho Style

    Modern nursery with large-scale flower print on the wall

    100 Layer Cake-Let

    This beautiful baby's room spotted on 100 Layer Cake-let features clean lines, minimal dressings, and a healthy dose of modern boho design. The large-scale floral print on the wall, 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

    Two white cribs in a nursery for twins

    Nat Your Average Girl

    A focus on balance, shape, and geometric accents combine with woven textiles and earthy touches of green to make this modern boho style twin nursery, designed by Natalie of Nat Your Average Girl, more than stylish enough for two. Up above a chandelier gives this nursery a hint of sparkle.

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    Color Pop

    Modern black and white nursery with kelly green dresser

    Nothing Down About It

    Pops of bright kelly green bring life and energy to this fun and modern and fun room shared by Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It. Black-and-white spaces featuring modern lines and graphic prints and patterns are popular, and the addition of a strong accent color gives this space a bold and refreshing twist.

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    Black, White, and Gold

    Sophisticated and modern nursery in black, white, and gold

    Project Nursery

    This ultra-sophisticated nursery space, featured on Project Nursery, is the perfect example of a nursery that doesn't look like a nursery.

    A former television reality show celebrity wanted a simple, modern space designed for her little one that would blend in with the rest of her home and would grow with her child. With this nursery's 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

    Graphic mountain landscape chalkboard mural in a modern woodland-themed nursery

    Gray House Studio

    A one-of-a-kind graphic chalkboard mural is a showstopper in this realistic take on the woodland-theme nursery spotted on Gray House Studio. It's the perfect solution for a modern gender-neutral nursery.

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    Modern Mountain Range

    Geometric mountain mural in modern gender-neutral white 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 theme without compromising its clean, modern style. 

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    Clean Contemporary

    Dramatic wall mural in a simple white nursery

    Emily Henderson

    This clean, contemporary nursery makes a bold statement by emphasizing a single design element. The large-scale mural in this white-on-white nursery by Emily Henderson Interiors is a stark contrast to its simple surroundings. The mural draws the eye up and heightens the drama in this bright and modern space.

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    Bold Boho Style Print

    Nursery with green plants and large-scale boho-style cactus wall print


    A large-scale boho style cactus print sets the scene in this modern nursery room from Tellkiddo. Vibrant green plants add an extra dose of life, energy, and color to this richly textured, gender-neutral space.

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    Midcentury Modern

    Midcentury-inspired nursery with pink rug, abstract print, and navy curtains

    Elisabeth Mcknight

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

    The dresser, oversized mirror, and abstract statement piece over the crib are classic midcentury modern elements. The plants and print rug add the perfect touch of whimsy to the mix. 

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    Textile Haven

    Understated, neutral aesthetic nursery with heavily textured wallpaper and fabrics


    Texture and pattern rule in modern design to add richness to an understated, neutral aesthetic. The soothing palette of this nursery, spotted on Instagram, puts both of these key elements to good use, creating a warm and vibrant space without the need for bright color. 

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    Geometric Focus

    Black and white nursery with geometric accent wall

    Snappy Casual

    This little one's bold 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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    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 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 nursery with two white cribs

    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. The large round feather hanging light fixture heightens the modern feel in this room. Gold accents add the perfect touch of glam for a look that’s sophisticated and stylish for twins.

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    On Point Modern

    Modern midcentury-inspired nursery with tribal theme

    Regan Baker

    This sweet little nursery, created by Regan Baker Designs, proves that modern decor and popular nursery themes are not mutually exclusive. The trick is to stay understated. Here a simple modern space incorporates a few key elements to suggest favorite nursery themes. 

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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 blues and neutral tones, offers a subtle take on a celestial theme. The navy blue wall is enhanced with metallic dot decals to suggest a glimmering night sky. Star maps and other celestial charts adorn the walls, elevating the concept without overwhelming the room’s chic contemporary aesthetic. 

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    Nordic Charm

    Modern Nordic nursery

    Oh Eight Oh Nine / Petit & Small

    Bright, clean, and thoroughly modern, this nursery exemplifies modern Nordic design. The contemporary aesthetic which creates functional, kid-friendly spaces that inspire a sense wonder by putting an emphasis on imagination and play. Here, lively patterns, whimsical art prints, and fun accessories bring this simple, modern nursery found on Petit & Small, giving the room its unique charm.

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    Modern Eclectic

    Modern nursery with colorful accents and black accent wall

    Apartment Therapy

    This one-of-a-kind nursery design featured on Apartment Therapy combines midcentury modern furniture, funky accessories, and abstract art into a fun and spunky design. A black accent wall can be soothing in a nursery, and it helps the artwork and yellow curtains stand out.

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    Graphic Statement

    Neutral nursery with graphic bunny print and triangle wall decals


    This streamlined nursery features an oversized graphic print showcasing a favorite bunny. The added triangle decals add the perfect touch of whimsy to this sweet, contemporary nursery spotted on Kukun