Modern Nursery Ideas for Little Girls or Boys

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Nursery with bold colors

I was recently hired to design the interior of a modern family home, which included a nursery. The soon-to-be mom expressed a few of her wishes for the space: a non-theme room, transitions well into the toddler stage, and a unique space.

When we think of putting together a children's space (especially a nursery), we usually imagine pale colors or neutrals. However, don't be afraid to incorporate bold colors. By using brighter colors in the space, it will create a lot of interest and it will be easier to transition into the toddler years.

Nursery with loft bed

There are many different crib options, but the crib I am drawn to the most is the loft crib. The crib featured in the image above makes a statement and its scale commands the space. It is fun to switch the decor up a bit and go for the unexpected.

Nursery with classic furniture

Creating a modern and timeless nursery can be accomplished by adding classic furniture pieces to the design. I love how a Windsor chair rocker is used instead of the traditional upholstered rocking chair. Another chair that has been used in children's spaces is the Eames molded plastic armchair with a rocker base. What a great way to teach your child about the history of design and different furniture styles.

Nursery with wall decals

Wall decals are an inexpensive way to create a pattern or design on the wall. Nature inspired decals are a great alternative to children's theme wallpaper. 

Nursery with pom poms

Easy DIY pom poms add texture and interest to a nursery. They serve as your child's own art installation. They can be made in any color or style to fit a girl's or boy's room. Hang them over the crib or in the center of the room. Have fun creating your own design!

What are some of your ideas for creating a modern nursery?

Images: Nursery Ideas + Inspiration, Apartment Therapy, The Boo and The Boy, WeeDecor, Project Nursery

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  • Where did you get the 3 pics above the green dresser? Love them!

  • Hi Meg,

    Thank you for your comment.  

    Lamps Plus does have children’s wall art,  

    The image we used was from Nursery Ideas + Inspiration.  But we did some investigating and traced it back to Feather Nest NY, and they provide us with the source for the nifty pictures.  They are from Spot on Square,

    Hope this helps!!

  • Hello,

    I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you could tell me where to get the wall decal you have pictured above. I'm totally in love with it and the cardinals hold special meaning to me...can you help?



  • Hi Sue,

    I am unsure of the exact source, but here is something similar. Thanks!


  • Hi Marcia,

    Thanks for your reply....that link  doesn't seem to work?? I've tried several times. I will keep looking....


  • Hi Sue,

    Sorry the link didn't work. You may be able to find something similar from Blik wall decals - Thanks for reading!


  • Can you post more pictures of the brown and white strip nursery?  Love the green with the brown and white and would love to see more.

  • Hi Donelle - Marcia found that photo on Nursery Ideas + Inspiration (linked at the bottom of the post), and unfortunately that site doesn't have any other photos or information about that room. I did a quick Google seach for "brown and white striped nursery" and found this link:

    Hope that helps!

Modern Nursery Ideas for Little Girls or Boys