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Ideas for Decorating a Black and White Modern Nursery

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.

Design Trends | Black And White Crib Sheet from Oilo|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Black And White Crib Sheet from Oilo

Here are a few modern nursery ideas for bringing in black and white:

Cribs
Design Trends | Limited Edition Vetro Crib in Shadow from Nursery Works |YLiving Black and White Nursery
Limited Edition Vetro Crib in Shadow from Nursery Works

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.

Design Trends | Eicho Crib from Spot On Square|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Eicho Crib from Spot On Square

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
Design Trends | Lolly 3 Drawer Dresser Changer from Babyletto|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Lolly 3 Drawer Dresser Changer from Babyletto

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.

Design Trends | Sprout 3-Drawer Changer Dresser from Babyletto|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Sprout 3-Drawer Changer Dresser from Babyletto

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.

Glider/Rocker

Design Trends | Joya Rocker from Monte Design|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Joya Rocker from Monte Design

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.

Design Trends | Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design

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

Design Trends | Black And White Crib Sheet from Oilo |YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Black And White Crib Sheet from Oilo

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.

Design Trends | Quilted White Bumper from Oilo|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Quilted White Bumper from Oilo

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.

Design Trends | Black & White Changing Pad Cover & Topper Kit from Oilo |YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Black & White Changing Pad Cover & Topper Kit from Oilo

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.

Design Trends | Black & White Stroller Blanket from Oilo |YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Black & White Stroller Blanket from Oilo

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.

Lighting

Design Trends | Rabbit Table Lamp By Front, from Moooi|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Rabbit Table Lamp By Front, from Moooi

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.

Design Trends | Brown XL LED Lamp from Mr Maria |YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Brown XL LED Lamp from Mr Maria

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.

Accessories

Design Trends | Ball Clock By George Nelson, from Vitra|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Ball Clock By George Nelson, from Vitra

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.

Design Trends | Dog Rug from Oeuf|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Dog Rug from Oeuf

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.

Design Trends | Eames Elephants By Charles + Ray Eames, from Vitra|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Eames Elephants By Charles + Ray Eames, from Vitra

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.

Design Trends | Pingy Penquin By Eero Aarnio, from Magis|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Pingy Penquin By Eero Aarnio, from Magis

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.

Storage

Design Trends | Magis Downtown Shelving System By Oiva Toikka, from Magis |YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Magis Downtown Shelving System By Oiva Toikka, from Magis

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.

Design Trends | Tree Bookcase from Nursery Works|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Tree Bookcase from Nursery Works

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.

Design Trends | Triangle Multi Purpose Basket By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living|YLiving Black and White Modern Nursery
Triangle Multi Purpose Basket By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living

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.

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Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

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.

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