There are a bevy of options for parents when it comes to decor for baby rooms. The modern look of clean, simple lines or abstracted geometric shapes and patterns is increasingly popular and accessible, thanks to lines of modular furniture and accessories by Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Ikea. Remember the essential ingredient in any modern room is to have adequate storage for organizing and hiding clutter.
Black and white
Bold black and white geometric or abstract shapes lend a crisp and sleek look to a baby’s room. The decidedly modern aesthetic looks great with accents of bright primary colors, especially red, which is said to stimulate a baby’s quickly developing senses. Try for basic black lacquer gallery frames for artwork and photographs. Paint or stencil black geometric designs or symbols on white walls. You can go atomic age modern with rounded-corner rectangles or try spirals and stars. Use red for baby’s bedding and throw rug.
Eames-style furnishings and mid-century modern has hit the realm of baby room decor. Kidney-shaped art tables, futuristic pod chairs (think George Jetson), pillow with a DIY aesthetic and rugs in trendy patterns are among your options. Consult the website 2Modern (see Resources) for pictures and a list of designers.
Nothing is more modern than the environmental movement’s impact on design, and green furnishings are ideal for a baby’s room. You can buy used, high quality product or invest in durable pieces that are made of low-toxicity materials. Use furniture made of sustainable woods and textiles made of organic cotton. Invest in wicker baskets rather than plastic containers for holding toys and accessories. If you wish to add plants or flowers as accents, make sure they are out of your baby’s reach. A windowsill herb garden is the perfect finishing touch. Planet Green (see Resources) has tons of tips on going green with a baby.