Coastal Modern Nursery

When my friend Meredith reached out for help with her new baby’s modern nursery, I was excited to piece together the design of the room. While we both live in Charleston and have similar taste, we have different design styles that were really fun to combine. You’ll love this coastal modern nursery!

It was a great project for me to step a bit outside of my typical coastal classic comfort zone for something new and fresh. Plus I always love working alongside other creatives to make something unique! I couldn’t wait to bring Meredith’s vision to life, and lucky for me she already had a beautiful backdrop in the most stunning Mount Pleasant, SC home. Keep on reading to learn all about how we designed a modern nursery that is clean, crisp, cute and a just a little bit coastal.

Natural wood dresser in a modern nursery design for a baby boy's bedroom.

Modern Nursery Decor

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What is modern decor? The modern decor movement began in the early twentieth century and it’s designs are still abundantly popular today. Modern decor consists of clean lines and monochromatic color palettes and is inspired by Scandinavian design and architecture. In modern decor, you’ll find lots of natural elements, earthy colors, and straight lines. Everything in modern design has an intended purpose and there’s not a lot of “fluff” or extra stuff.

Although my own home leans more classic and coastal, I loved playing around with this new style and trying something a bit outside of my comfort zone. Luckily for me, it’s fairly easy to combine coastal and modern styles. Both designs share a love of natural light, earthy colors, and wooden or woven elements, which are things I always love to incorporate into a home.

Modern Nursery Design

Meredith really wanted to focus on just a few major colors in this nursery – black, white, tan and small touches of blue. We used one of my favorite white paints, Extra White by Sherwin-Williams (SW 7006), on the walls to keep things clean and crisp. You all know how much I love white walls in a home! The doors are painted with a contrasting black paint, called Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore, and we did something different on the ceiling by going with a beautiful gray-blue paint called Little Falls by Benjamin Moore. I loved the unexpected touch it added to the space!

Blue ceilings with black doors in this modern nursery design.

We incorporated natural textures with this gorgeous dresser from Kathy Kuo Home. The cane detail and medium wood tones give it a coastal feel, while the clean lines are perfectly modern. We tied in more natural texture with a woven mirror and pulled in accents of black with the sconces and crib. These fun wall mounted animal heads are great neutrals and bring in a bit of fun, along with the pattern and color found in the rug.

Natural round mirror paired with black wall sconces and a natural wood dresser.
Cane front dresser used as a changing table for a boy's nursery design.

I love that this nursery is clean and clutter-free. One of the pillars of modern decor is “form follows function;” this means that everything in a space has a practical purpose and has a place of its own. If you have kids of your own, you know how hard it is to keep things organized.

Starting with a streamlined design like this one can set you up for success in keeping a clutter-free space. After all, what babies really need are food, love, and a safe place to sleep. Everything else is just icing on the cake!

Black crib that's modern for a boy's nursery.

So what do you think? Are you team modern or coastal? Or both? That’s one of my favorite things about design – combining styles and trends in your own home to create something unique and perfect for YOU!

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