10 Ways to Design a Modern Baby Nursery

If you have a new baby, then we don’t need to tell you that nurseries are among the most important rooms in the home. You want it to be practical so that it’s easy to grab what you need at the very moment you need it.

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Of course, you also want it to be playful and stimulating, so that your little one feels comfortable, inspired, and engaged, without sacrificing style. That being said, it can feel tough to create a space that’s modern and sophisticated while still meeting the aforementioned needs.

Fortunately, it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. The following modern baby nursery decor ideas merge practicality, playfulness, and sophistication, ensuring the sweetest space in your home is also plenty stylish.

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Consider a Theme

When designing a nursery, it’s a great idea to start with a theme. A theme narrows down decor choices and gives you a point of reference you can stick to for stylish cohesion.

A celestial theme, like this one, with rich hues and playful patterns achieves the balance between sophisticated and child-friendly.

Choose a Colour Palette

If themes aren’t really your style, then you can get the same style direction from choosing a colour palette.

Picking a couple of hues to centre your design around, such as these mint green and pink/grey spaces, is a great guide when it comes to choosing decorative details.

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Merge Form and Function

Just because your nursery needs to be functional, doesn’t mean it has to sacrifice form.

Opting for pieces that are as stylish as they are useful, like this minimal changing table-meets-storage unit, saves space, adds equal parts form and function, and minimises clutter.

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Pick Out Patterns

Patterns are a great way to add vitality to a design while providing much-needed stimulation for your little one.

But don’t feel limited to child-like patterns; contemporary patterns in uplifting hues, like this stunning space, provide happy-making stimulation for your child and sophisticated style for you.

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Think Outside the Gender Box

Nursery designs inspired by gender are plenty cute, but they’re not for everyone.

If you’re not keen on a pink or blue room, consider designing a gender-neutral space, like this one. The hues and patterns are a perfect fit for any gender while adding plenty of playful style.

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Create an Accent Wall

An accent wall is a killer way to add instant vitality to a design without encroaching on square footage. And there are endless ways to do it.

You can add playful wall paper, create a cute gallery wall, or merge both ideas for a stunning design like this one.

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Apply Scandi Style

A lot of people don’t realize that the sleek lines and minimal mid-century furniture of Scandinavian style can work just as well in the nursery as it does in the rest of the home.

This Scandi-inspired nursery is chic and minimal without sacrificing personality thanks to its bold patterns and pops of brilliant colour.

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Mix Whimsy and Sophistication

You don’t need to forgo that sophisticated furniture or colour palette you love just because it’s a child’s room; all you need to do is mix it with some kid-friendly whimsy.

The refined hues and furniture in this space pair with whimsical accents, like that cartoon-inspired cat, to create an appropriately playful and sophisticated design.

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Bring in Nature

A love of nature is something most children and adults have in common, so it’s the perfect inspiration for your nursery design.

Incorporating organic materials and nature-infused designs, like this sweet space, delights the senses no matter your age or sensibility.

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Add Personal Touches

Personal touches are what make a house a home, and they’re a great way to punctuate your nursery design with love.

Consider adding drawings from your baby’s siblings, a personal photo gallery, or other accents that are unique to you and your family to add a loving touch to this space.

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