10 Design Elements for a Chic, Modern Nursery

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Playful Midcentury Modern Nursery Features Gray Furnishings & Yellow Accents

Playful Midcentury Modern Nursery Features Gray Furnishings & Yellow Accents

Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work. In this corner of the room, designer Karen Wolf used mustard yellow as a powerful accent color against the black and white wallpaper and gray furnishings. Tricks of the Trade: 1. Create a focal point in the room. 2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow. 3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper). 4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper. 5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints. 6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract. 7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art. 8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low. 9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.

Photo by: Christian Garibaldi

Christian Garibaldi

Remember when you could toss up a duck or princess wallpaper border, paint the walls pastel pink or blue and your baby's nursery was done? Well, nursery design has come a long way since then. The trend for nurseries is to create a modern, sophisticated space that blends in seamlessly with the decor throughout the rest of your home, much like this chic nursery by designer Karen Wolf.

We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite modern nursery design elements for you to try in your own home.

1: Wallpaper

White Transitional Baby Girl Nursery

White Transitional Baby Girl Nursery

This fashionable transitional baby's room does not skimp on designer touches, from the wallpaper that pops with eye catching color to the crystal chandelier that illuminates the room. The furnishings were kept white giving a sense of space and peace while allowing the more colorful elements of the room to shine.

Photo by: Lisa Romerein

Lisa Romerein

Adding wallpaper to your nursery is a great way to instantly bring in some modern style. Plus, it could save you from the panic many of us experience when having to choose a paint color. This sweet space by Wick Design is a great example of how you can easily incorporate a pretty wallpaper in your nursery’s design scheme.

2: Fresh Hues

Midcentury Modern Nursery With Yellow Striped Rug, Eames Chair

Midcentury Modern Nursery With Yellow Striped Rug, Eames Chair

This midcentury modern nursery features a white crib, blue Eames rocking chair, white Roman shades, and a striped yellow rug. A white nightstand provides storage and supports a blue midcentury modern table lamp.

Photo by: Ben Gebo

Ben Gebo

Skip the pastels and go for a fresh, modern color palette like designer Amanda Reid did in this nursery. This bright yellow and turquoise combo could work perfect for either a boy or a girl’s room. Light accessories and furniture pair well with the pops of color throughout the space.

3: Fun Art

Gender-Neutral Nursery

Gender-Neutral Nursery

The second floor gender-neutral nursery with teal blue walls and playful patterns includes a convertible crib, lots of storage options and the latest in technology that helps create a safe environment for a new baby.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

An easy way to instantly add a modern vibe to your nursery is with some cool artwork. Designer Tiffany Brooks chose two pieces which blend in seamlessly with her color palette. Hung next to one another, they create a stunning focal point.

4: Unexpected Patterns

Leather Glider in Gray & Orange Nursery

Leather Glider in Gray & Orange Nursery

When spending money on the design for nurseries and/or children's rooms, it's okay to splurge on pieces that have longevity. The splurge in this nursery was the leather-upholstered glider, which is durable enough to last and stylish enough to potentially work in a different room.

Midcentury modern-inspired fabrics and patterns help this nursery by designer Brian Patrick Flynn really stand out from the crowd. This space is a great reminder that there's no need to stick to expected fabrics and patterns, and stepping outside the box often creates stunning results.

5: Mirrors

Midcentury Modern Nursery With Whale-Patterned Wallpaper

Midcentury Modern Nursery With Whale-Patterned Wallpaper

Taupe walls, a bright blue glider and lime green accents balance the black in this dark nursery. Bold black-and-white whale-patterned wallpaper creates a bold focal wall, which is broken up by a solid black dresser.

Photo by: karen wolf

karen wolf

Adding a mirror is another great trick for amping up the modern feel of a nursery. This bright green mirror in a nursery by designer Karen Wolf brings a fresh, fun pop to the room.

6: Gallery Wall

Chic, Understated Gallery Wall in Girl's Nursery

Chic, Understated Gallery Wall in Girl's Nursery

A simple gallery wall adorns the space above the crib in this girl's nursery. Accessories are fun feminine but will adapt well as she grows.

Photo by: Ball & Albanese

Ball & Albanese

Once you add some cool art, consider using it to create a gallery wall. Chango and Co. used a variety of framed prints in this lovely nursery to create a unique gallery wall in the space above the crib.

7: Paint the Ceiling

Gray Modern Nursery With Orange Striped Ceiling

Gray Modern Nursery With Orange Striped Ceiling

Baby's living the stylish life in this cheery modern nursery that features gray walls and wide orange and white stripes creating a canopy out of the ceiling. An intricate blue pattern on the white floor rug brings another colorful, graphic dimension to the space.

Photo by: Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Kari McIntosh Dawdy

Another fun, unexpected design touch is to paint the ceiling like designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy did in this space. The orange stripes draw the eyes up and complement the gray color scheme of the room.

8: Vintage-Inspired Rug

Girl's Nursery With Soft Pastel Palette

Girl's Nursery With Soft Pastel Palette

A soft pastel nursery combines romantic and contemporary styles. The round mirror hung over the dresser features beautiful patina that brings out the slight blue shades throughout the decor. A mint medallion area rug adds style underfoot, while the abstract art above the crib is custom painted to match the palette of the room.

Photo by: Full Spectrum Photography

Full Spectrum Photography

It might seem strange to include a vintage-inspired rug in a modern nursery; however, using a piece like this actually brings an extra level of texture and interest to a space. Little Crown Interiors used a light blue rug to add a splash of color to this otherwise light, neutral nursery.

9: Bold Light Fixture

Eclectic Bohemian Nursery With Arrow Wallpaper

Eclectic Bohemian Nursery With Arrow Wallpaper

Black and white arrow-printed wallpaper sets the tone for this eclectic, mature nursery. A turquoise, over-dyed rug brings a playful pop of color to the neutral space. Scandinavian-style furniture is both sleek and gender-neutral.

Photo by: Scott Hargis Photo

Scott Hargis Photo

If you can only make one or two changes in your nursery, focusing on your lighting is a great first step. Choose something bold like this MCM-inspired piece in a room by designer Regan Baker to work as a centerpiece.

10: Updated Themes

Contemporary Boy's Nursery With Art Wall

Contemporary Boy's Nursery With Art Wall

A gallery wall of transportation prints makes a colorful, fun backdrop to the sleek gray crib in this boy's nursery. Visual texture and tactile appeal is brought in through a mix of patterns from the graphic curtains to the blue-and-white gingham rocking chair and faux fur area rug.

Photo by: Jacob Snavely

Jacob Snavely

If you love the idea of a themed room, take a cue from Chango and Co. and update it in a modern and sophisticated way. In this example, they took the simple theme of cars and made it feel new by using framed, vintage-inspired prints from the same artist.

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