Mid Century Nursery Design Ideas

You’re going to spend a lot of time in your baby’s nursery, especially in the first year. So, it’s important to consider your own design preferences when designing your baby’s nursery. Retro-loving parents will find a lot of joy and inspiration in a mid-century modern nursery! With a vibrant color palette and fun prints, mid-century modern is a style that inherently blends comfort with function, which is definitely a must for nursery design! Nurseries are a perfect place to add some color to your home! With a mid-century nursery design, you can go super vibrant with the colors—with greens, teals, or yellows—go for a more subdued neutral or pastel palette, or opt for a graphic black and white palette. Any of these color palettes will work perfectly with mid-century modern style!  Furniture is the biggest way to set the tone for a mid-century nursery design. There are lots of great mid-century modern cribs out there—and many even convert into toddler beds! Opt for a crib in either a white, acorn, or birch finish to really drive home that mid-century style. Coordinate the finish of the crib with that of the dresser or changing table. We love the idea of going for a mid-century modern dresser, and just adding a changing table topper so that you can continue using the dresser even when your child is out of diapers. And make sure to invest in a comfortable, modern rocker or glider for late-night cuddles and feedings, as well as afternoons and evenings of reading books! Opting for mid-century modern furniture in your baby’s nursery is a good investment, as it’s a furniture style that will grow up with them. So, while of course you’ll eventually have to switch out a crib for a bed, other pieces like a dresser and bookshelf in a mid-century style can easily translate into a child, teenager or guest room without feeling dated or too youthful. The clean and timeless aesthetic of these furniture designs will keep their room feeling fresh throughout their childhood! So, you’ll really get a lot of mileage out of this furniture style.  Mid-century modern is also a style that mixes well with other design styles. So, as your child grows up and they start developing a style of their own, their room can evolve with them, without needing to completely change the furniture and contents of their room. Mid-century style can easily be mixed with minimalist, rustic, glam, and industrial styles—but can truly complement and work with pretty much any design style. Once you have the furniture in place, add a plush rug on the floor for playing and tummy-time. We love shag rugs in mid-century nursery designs, but you could also go for a flat-weave style with a fun and colorful pattern. You can also add color and personality through wall art. Opt for playful artwork with plenty of color—because a nursery is not a place to be too serious! And don’t forget to add some cozy and personal touches, like blankets, stuffed animals, and more! You want the nursery to feel personalized and special, a place where your baby can grow up feeling safe and loved. And adding personal touches is the perfect way to do that! Looking for some mid-century nursery design inspiration? We’ve compiled some of our favorite mid-century nursery design ideas on this page, so start scrolling and get ready to be inspired!

A Splash of Blue in a Mid-Century Nursery

A Splash of Blue in a Mid-Century Nursery

Pops of blue fill this nursery along with mid-century style. An accent wall adds just enough color, allowing the curtains and accents to carry the blue color throughout the room against soft, neutral tones. A macrame wall hanging adds visual texture and a boho element to the design! 

Storage Story

Storage Story

It's incredible how quickly kid clutter adds up. One second you're looking for a perfectly clean kid's room, and the next feels like a tiny tornado has whirled through the space. So it's a good idea to have smart storage solutions to make cleaning up easy. Here we've added a large square basket for storage and paired it with a reading lamp to serve as a bench for storytime.

Restful Blue Oasis Nursery

Restful Blue Oasis Nursery

We love this sweet and classic nursery in a soothing array of blue hues. This space is so calming and serene we're sure your baby won't be the only one cathing a few zzz's in this space.

Functional Art in Nursery

Functional Art in Nursery

Create a window with a statement piece like the abstract painting in this design! Art can be used to create more windows in a room that has few, which is an excellent way to bring creativity and inspiration to any space. This calming abstract painting looks like a distant horizon on the sea, and the colors of the artwork flow throughout the rest of the room creativity a balance and calming feeling.

Magic Mint in Mid-century Modern Nursery

Magic Mint in Mid-century Modern Nursery

Nurseries are the perfect room to show some color! The mint-green on the wall reflects new life and freshness into the space. While the mid-century style crib pops against the accent wall, the prints hanging on the wall bring character and help keep balance.

Storage and Functionality in Mid-century Nursery

Storage and Functionality in Mid-century Nursery

Storage and functionality are some of the most important pieces to have in a nursery, and with this dresser, there's plenty of it to go around. It doubles as a changing station as well! Keeping with the Safari theme, black and white zebra prints and photography hang above the changing table to provide the baby something to look at.

Green Mid-century Modern Nursery

Green Mid-century Modern Nursery

This dresser has a spot for all things baby and doubles as a changing table! The prints give a pop of color on the white wall, and the colors flow into the rest of the room. A palm tree is also added for freshness and continued green throughout the room.

Glide into Sleep

Glide into Sleep

Create the perfect reading nook for the nursery or rock your child to sleep in this comfortable yet modern blue rocking chair. Read stories of adventures and fun to your child and bring imagination and wonder. Your child will nod off dreaming of everything that can be possible.

Storage Ideas in Mid-century Modern Nursery

Storage Ideas in Mid-century Modern Nursery

Storage is important for your growing child. A large dresser is added for ample storage and doubles as a changing table, saving space and adding functionality. A bookcase is a great way to showcase your child's favorite toys and books, while closed storage at the bottom can be useful to keep curious fingers out of reach.

Relaxation and Comfort in Black and White Nursery

Relaxation and Comfort in Black and White Nursery

This seating area is the perfect spot to rock your baby to sleep! The Milo Glider from Crate and Barrel will have you relaxing in no time. A black and white pattern pouf is added for extra comfort, while plants are added to bring a breath of fresh air!

Mid-Century Nursery Texture

Mid-Century Nursery Texture

Mixing materials and finishes adds interest to this neutral nursery! The woven wall hanging brings rich texture to the space while the toy chest mixes a crisp white finish with a warm wood base. A mid-century mobile hanging above the crib adds whimsy to the room. 

Cozy Rocking Chair in Multi Colored Nursery

Cozy Rocking Chair in Multi Colored Nursery

A cozy rocking chair is key in any nursery or kid's room. Many hours will be spent here reading books or lulling your child to sleep. Place a large mirror on the wall to reflect the room and brighten up this corner.

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