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Au Natural in the Nursery + Kids Room

Natural elements have been making their way into the modern nursery since last season. Unfinished wood has been widely popular in nursery furniture, but now we’re seeing this trend expand and take on a light and airy look that goes well beyond just a natural wood crib. To get this look, you’ll want to keep in mind the key to creating a light and natural nursery or kid’s room isn’t just about the looks. It’s what’s inside that matters.

Cribs + Beds

Natural Nursery| Leander 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from Leander |YLiving Modern Nursery
Leander 4-in-1 Convertible Crib from Leander

Go all out with the natural sophistication of untreated wood. The Leander 4-in-1 Convertible Crib features molded beech wood, which is both FSC-certified and Greenguard Gold Certified (ensuring a safe nursery low in harmful chemicals). Best of all, this crib is convertible, so it grows along with baby.

Natural Nursery| Classic Crib from Oeuf |YLiving Modern Nursery
Classic Crib from Oeuf

If you don’t want to go all out with the natural wood finish, then take inspiration from the Oeuf Classic Crib. This crib is a modern nursery classic, boasting solid birch construction. Its soft white finish is accented by a band of untouched wood, providing the perfect natural accent.

Natural Nursery| Fawn Bassinet + Crib From Oeuf|YLiving Modern Nursery
Fawn Bassinet + Crib from Oeuf

The Fawn Bassinet + Crib easily converts from a sweet and functional bassinet into a full-sized crib. Made from solid birch and eco-friendly MDF, this bassinet and crib set has a natural finish that’s non-toxic and water-based.

Natural Nursery Oeuf Organic Crib Matress from Oeuf|YLivi Modern Nursery
Oeuf Organic Crib Mattress from Oeuf

Just as important as the crib itself is the mattress. Try an organic crib mattress, like the Oeuf Organic Crib Mattress. On the inside it has natural cotton batting and renewable plant based foam. On the outside it’s covered in 100% certified organic cotton cover that’s breathable and won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin.

Natural Nursery| Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf|YLiving Modern Nursery
Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf

The Perch Bunk Bed takes the best materials of Baltic birch plywood and eco-friendly MDF to form an airy bunk bed. The warm wood and crisp white create a light and natural look that’s ideal for a natural nursery turned older kid’s room.

Dressers + Changing Tables

Natural Nursery| Gelato 3 Drawer Changer Dresser from Babyletto|YLiving Modern Nursery
Gelato 3 Drawer Changer Dresser from Babyletto

Made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood and CARB II compliant MDF, this dresser and changer station combo is essential in a natural nursery. Its natural look is treated with a non-toxic finish. For a pop of color, the natural legs and drawer pulls can be swapped out for a bright springy yellow.

Natural Nursery | Pebble ChangePad from Nook Sleep Systems|YLiving Modern Nursery
Pebble ChangePad from Nook Sleep Systems

Top your changing table with a comfortable and safe changing pad, like the Pebble ChangePad from Nook Sleep Systems. Its all-natural cover is constructed from only the best materials provided right by Mother Nature. The cloud finish is ideal for keeping up the light and airy look.

Natural Nursery| Alto Dresser 34-In. Wide from Spot On Square|YLiving Modern Nursery
Alto Dresser 34-In. Wide from Spot On Square

The Alto Dresser brings a clean and simple look to the natural nursery. Its slim stainless steel legs and drawer pulls create a sleek style. The cabinet is made from Green Grade eco-MDF consisting of 100% recycled and reclaimed wood for a distinct, organic look.


Natural Nursery | Mini Library Bookshelf from Oeuf |YLiving Modern Nursery
Mini Library Bookshelf from Oeuf

With its open design, the Mini Library Bookshelf is light and airy. Its unique design allows for easy display of books and storage of toys within its two hinged compartments.

Natural Nursery | Tally Bookshelf from Babyletto|YLiving Modern Nursery
Tally Bookshelf from Babyletto

Display favorite books and toys in the Tally Bookshelf. Natural wood and creamy white come together to create the perfectly natural spot for books. Its poplar wood and Carb II Compliant MDF construction are finished in non-toxic water soluble paint.

Other Furniture + Accessories

Natural Nursery | Como Glider from Monte Design|YLiving Modern Nursery
Como Glider from Monte Design

Mom and Dad need a place to rest too. The Como Glider features a simple and soft design that’s ideal for relaxing and rocking baby to sleep. Pick a natural fabric that will blend in with the rest of the color scheme, such as sand or light pebble grey.

Natural Nursery | Lemonade Playset from Babyletto|YLiving Modern Nursery
Lemonade Playset from Babyletto

Finished in a non-toxic finish, the Lemonade Playset gives kids a place to sit while they play. The soft marshmallow finish keeps with the light and natural nursery theme, while providing a station that easily wipes clean.

Natural Nursery | Mangas Mini Globo MM2 Rug By Patricia Urquiola, from Gan Rugs|YLIving Modern Nursery
Mangas Mini Globo MM2 Rug By Patricia Urquiola, from Gan Rugs

Throw down a rug to add some texture to a natural nursery. While a fluffy, sheepskin rug is all the rage, any natural fiber or even wool, like this Mangas Mini Globo MM2 Rug in neutral, will add a cozy element to the room.

Natural Nursery| Desert Dreams 6-Piece Crib Set from Babyletto|YLiving Modern Nursery
Desert Dreams 6-Piece Crib Set from Babyletto

The bedding should be light and neutral, but don’t be afraid of adding a little bit of color or even a subtle pattern. Overall, sticking with lightweight 100% cottons will really carry through the natural theme, like this Babyletto Desert Dreams 6-Piece Crib Set.

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Lizzy Harford

Lizzy Harford

Lizzy is a writer who is passionate about modern design and creating a comfortable space where relationships can grow. When she isn't writing, she's on the hunt for vintage mid-century modern pieces and sipping on a Mai Tai.

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