Modern Nursery Ideas That You'll Love to the Moon and Back

When it comes to baby nursery ideas, there's a whole lot of inspiration to take in, and that's all while you're adjusting to the prospect of a new person joining the family. A baby's room needs to be practical, cozy, and relaxing, a place where form meets function and parent meets baby. And as luck would have it, modern nursery designs incorporate all of those things. Clean lines and sculptural elements work together with stylish light fixtures and sophisticated textiles to create a space that works for everyone. Fancy some inspiration? Here are 10 modern nursery ideas for baby that are far from "babyish."

1. Add varying textures.

When the topic of modern design comes up, Hunker favorite Sarah Sherman Samuel never disappoints. Case in point: the beautiful gender-neutral nursery she designed for her son Archer, combining sumptuous textures with sweet details such as the white curtains with a pom-pom trim. The crib is by a local L.A. designer and converts to a platform-style toddler bed that can be used as seating well beyond the nursery years.

2. Work in a statement wall.

white and gray modern nursery idea with walnut furniture and statement wall
credit: Jenna Kutcher

A statement wall will bring your nursery idea up to modern-day standards, especially if paired with contemporary furniture and decor. Jenna Kutcher worked with Naomi of Little Crown Interiors to create a modern setup perfect for her little one. The duo created a frame around the terrazzo-inspired wallpaper print, finishing the look with globe pendant lighting.

3. Get creative with paint.

One of the simplest tricks to bring an easy-breezy modern aesthetic to your nursery is to get creative with the wall paint. By color blocking or painting your own mural, you can easily create a fresh look. Kristina Lynne ensured her pink nursery was far from dated by only taking the rosy hue halfway up the wall, finishing the look with abstract artwork and brass fixtures.

4. Stay neutral.

modern nursery idea with neutral color scheme and potted plants
credit: Kandis Marino

Modern nursery ideas tend to be neutral in design, working to make a smaller space seem bigger and brighter. After all, the baby's room is typically the smallest in the house. By mixing light wood, shades of white and beige, and mustard and rust accents, Kandis Marino has created a space that looks bigger than it is and will still work as her little one grows older, too. We especially love that macrame wall hanging, which adds a pop of personality and acts as the perfect backdrop for a collection of potted plants.

5. Think beyond the norm.

Wall paneling is a big trend at the moment, and what better place to experiment with the look than in the nursery? Liz of Within The Grove created a modern wood accent wall with an abstract geometric design by simply cutting down some MDF boards and nailing them to the wall. Cute for her kid and aesthetically pleasing for her, too!

6. Design with you in mind.

On that note, a nursery doesn't have to be an ode to all things Disney, and it's important that you remember this when designing your baby's space. Case in point: We'd happily move into this modern boho nursery designed by Sarah Mora. If the crib weren't there, we'd certainly think it was meant for adults — just look at that earthy color scheme.

7. Revive vintage pieces.

Modern design combines a multitude of styles, vintage included. Mandi of Vintage Revivals has combined the best of both worlds in this nursery idea, painting a linear mural on the wall (she used Sherwin-Williams Softened Green) and adding in warm wood furniture with black detailing for contrast.

8. Make your lighting count.

Yes, you are looking at that Sinnerlig Pendant from IKEA again. Hey, it's not our fault that it looks good in every room, even this nursery by Ciara Self. It just goes to show that lighting plays a huge factor in pulling a room together, including nurseries, so consider your fixtures carefully.

9. Try a minimal look.

modern nursery idea with minimal furniture
credit: JDP Interiors

If the rest of your home is a minimal retreat, don't try to make your nursery anything else. It's important that it seamlessly fits with the rest of your home. A modern nursery idea should feature streamlined, sophisticated furniture with just the right amount of playful details. Don't forget to add in plants, too, like Joyce from JDP Interiors — you can never have too much greenery.

10. Hang a gallery wall.

Artwork is always one of our favorite additions to a nursery ideas, your chance to add a little bit more color and personality to the space. Gallery walls aren't just for hallways, so try curating a vibrant mix of art on the walls à la Brittni of Paper & Stitch.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.