When it comes to decorating a nursery, one easy way to balance your modern edge with baby-friendly style is to stick to a monochromatic color scheme. Black and white is hardly boring, yet it’s a no-fail palette that can easily become a bold look for a modern nursery.
Here are a few modern nursery ideas for bringing in black and white:
A bold black crib can add sophistication and drama to the modern nursery. But if a black crib seems like it’ll be too heavy, then consider this Limited Edition Vetro Crib in Shadow from Nursery Works. Made from acrylic, its smoky coloring has a translucent look, thus making the crib appear lighter. And for an added bonus, this crib is 100% recyclable and made from non-toxic materials.
Let’s face it, you can never go wrong with a white crib. To keep the nursery looking sleek and modern, opt for a crib that has clean lines, like the Eicho Crib from Spot On Square. Its simple design is minimal and iconic; allowing you to change out accessories for a new look any time you like.
Changing Tables + Dressers
This Lolly 3 Drawer Dresser Changer gives the black and white trend a fresh look. Its minimal style brings a Scandinavian touch, while its simple drawer pulls and delicate, natural pine feet offsets the bold hue. Since the changing tray is removable, the dresser can stay in a child’s room long after the diaper days have passed.
White is a classic color that can take on all shapes and styles. This Sprout 3-Drawer Changer Dresser may have simple lines, but its clean look has a charming touch to it. Atop, you’ll find a sectional and removable changing tray to help keep your diaper station stocked with the essentials.
A rocker is an essential part of any modern nursery. The Joya Rocker is a contemporary take on the classic rocker with a beautiful contrast between the black upholstery and a crisp white wood base. Plus, if you’re nervous about staining, then the dark forgiving nature of black upholstery is going to be your best bet.
On the opposite side, the Grano Glider Recliner is traditional with a twist. The white bonded leather upholstery makes cleanup easy while delivering a chic look that only a white glider can.
Bedding, Blankets, + Textiles
To keep a monochromatic look from getting too plain, add a punchy pattern to break things up. This crib sheet from Oilo features a fun, striking pattern in a 100% jersey cotton fabric.
Create a soft and safe environment in the crib by adding in bumpers. Keeping with the theme, this Quilted White Bumper comes with a removable cover for easy cleaning. In white, it’ll match any black and white bedding you choose.
Add the Black & White Changing Pad Cover & Topper Kit to either a black or white changing table and you’ve got an instantly chic, but totally practical look.
A warm and fuzzy blanket that can head out the door with you is important. This Black & White Stroller Blanket is is hardly just for babies–it would look just as good draped over a glider or even the living room sofa.
A lamp like Moooi’s Rabbit Table Lamp is a quirky way to add a dash of playfulness to an otherwise straightforward design. With just a touch of fairytale whimsy and a glimmer of chic metallic gold, this all-black bunny lamp is the perfect accessory.
As cute as a stuffed toy, but as functional as a favorite lamp, the Brown XL LED Lamp is a Dutch design that can liven up any modern nursery. His white molded figure glows to life with a dimmer that lets you adjust the brightness as needed.
A mid-century modern classic, the Ball Clock By George Nelson is the perfect addition to a black and white modern nursery. It’ll help you keep track of time while offering a high-contrast visual for baby.
While you can opt for a solid colored rug or a simple black and white stripe, a bold graphic print would be a fun addition as well. This Dog Rug from Oeuf adds a bit of unexpected silliness to a black and white styled modern nursery.
Whether it’s being used as a playful side table or a toddler’s toy, an Eames Elephant in crisp white is not only a child’s favorite, it’s a design icon you’ll be able to display proudly in your home after your children outgrow it.
With its charming rounded belly and a roly-poly waddle, the Pingy Penquin is irresistible for little ones. Its smart design is not only perfect for playtime, but as a striking piece of decor in a black-and-white nursery.
We all know how important great storage is in a nursery. The Magis Downtown Shelving System is a skyscraper-style shelf with cubbies that easily corral toys and books.
The Tree Bookcase is a seriously unique way to store books, toys and more. The white finish against a black wall offers a nice pop or be a subtle feature to a wall of a similar color.
Baskets are a simple and easy way to create a little extra storage in the modern nursery. The soft fabric and bold geometric pattern of the Triangle Multi Purpose Basket is one great-looking way to collect toys, laundry or even serve as a favorite spot for hide-and-go-seek.
Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.