How to Create a Modern Nursery Decor

Welcoming your newborn into the world soon? Chances are, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get started on decorating the nursery.

If you love the idea of a contemporary nursery, I’m here to help. And whether you’re saving the gender as a surprise or creating a gender-neutral nursery, these modern decor ideas are perfect.

Here are my top tips for creating a fresh, modern nursery – and some dreamy furniture pieces to help you get the look just right:

Take some Scandi inspiration

Scandinavian-inspired furniture pieces are all about modern design. With simplicity and practicality at the heart of all Scandinavian decor, it’s an effortless way to create a modern nursery.

The SnuzKot Skandi Cot Bed is everything we love about Scandi decor. It’s simple, contemporary, and oh-so stylish – ideal for a modern nursery. And with adaptable conversion kits, you won’t even need to think about another bed until your little one is ten!

SnuzKot Skandi Cot Bed in Natural

Go gender-neutral

It’s traditional to go down the ‘blue or pink’ route depending on the gender of your baby. So if you’d rather skip tradition and create a modern nursery, you could go gender-free.

Instead of opting for typical traditional colours and themes, you could stick to neutral tones. And when it comes to modern design, neutral tones can create a more contemporary feel.

Take a look at this gorgeous rocker from Charlie Crane (below). With beech wood and a gentle white organic cushion, this rocker is both subtle and timeless. And whether you’re expecting a girl or boy, it’s the must-have accessory for any modern nursery.

Levo Baby Rocker in Beech Wood with Organic White Cushion

Create an uncluttered look

Modern decor celebrates all things clutter-free and simple. So if you’re hoping to enjoy a modern nursery, it’s good to keep any clutter at bay. But it’s not always easy to keep your baby’s nursery free from clutter, especially when there are so many essential baby bits and pieces – and not enough time in the day to tidy them!

That’s where clever furniture options can help. With hidden and modern storage solutions, you can save space and keep your nursery tidy without the hassle.

For a cot with built-in storage, look no further than the Vox Simple Cot Bed with Storage Drawer. As all good modern furniture is built to last, you can adapt this cot into a toddler bed whenever the time is right. And with a handy pull-out drawer underneath the cot, you can effortlessly store away any knick-knacks cluttering up your nursery.

Vox Simple Cot Bed with Storage Drawer

When it comes to keeping your nursery spick and span, there are plenty of options. But since Vox are the storage aficionados, this Bookcase & Toy Storage solution (below) ticks every box. With four open and roomy shelves, there’s plenty of space for games, books, and more.

Simple and minimal, this bookcase is the perfect addition to any modern nursery. As it’s designed at a lower height, your little one can help you tidy as soon as they’re old enough!

Vox Tuli Bookcase & Toy Storage

Keep a simple colour palette

For a modern nursery, it’s good to keep things simple. While patterns and colours are stimulating for your baby, you can use bright toys and games for play time.

Modern interior design often sticks to a simple palette with block colours. This is ideal for nurseries, as it can create a soothing and relaxing environment for you and your baby to bond.

The Obaby 2-piece nursery set is contemporary furniture at its best. Finished with a stylish two-tone effect, the white against the pine wood creates a unique modern twist. The Scandi-style feel is ultra modern and instantly creates an up-to-date nursery feel.

Plus, with clever adaptable features, you can adjust the cot around your baby. Whether you’re removing the side and adding a safety bar or extending it into a toddler or day bed, this cot will go the extra mile.

Obaby Maya Mini Cot Bed 2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set

Make a statement with a rocking chair

A rocking chair is an age-old nursery accessory. But with our range of contemporary rocking chairs, you can enjoy the tradition with a modern twist.

Rocking chairs are an ideal spot for bonding or nursing your little one. The repetitive motion can soothe your baby to sleep – and with a supportive back, you can get through the night feeds in ultimate comfort.

The Tutti Bambini Oscar model (below) is the perfect example of a modern rocking chair. With neutral tones and a contemporary stripped-back style, this chair creates an understated but modern statement.

Tutti Bambini Oscar Rocking Chair

Enjoy practical and efficient furniture

Modern nurseries are all about forward-thinking and clever furniture. So while you want to create a nursery that turns heads, you can also save space and make life simple with modern furniture solutions.

This changing unit from Vox (below) is the definition of contemporary and efficient design. While it’s a space to change your baby’s nappies in style, you can also store away any essentials in the roomy drawers underneath. Plus, you can hang up those little outfits for the next day on the handy rail above!

Vox Spot Baby Changing Unit with Drawers in White & Acacia

If you’re a fan of clever furniture, you’ll love the Leander Classic Baby Cot. Cute and compact, this sleek cot just oozes contemporary style. And with a grand total of five settings, this cot can grow with your child until the age of seven!

Leander Classic Baby Cot in White with Optional Extension Kit

Ready to create a modern nursery?

From striking to subtle or cute to contemporary, our range of nursery furniture can help you master any look. Just browse our selection to get started or speak to our friendly customer service team if you have any questions. 

You can call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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