10 Nursery Furniture Finds to Complement Your Modern Space

Modern design is all about practicing the less-is-more approach. If you're able to resist the many cute toys, accessories and decorations available today, you'll reap the rewards of a long-lasting nursery that's comfortable, practical and beautiful. Prioritize the 10 essentials below to build a foundation for a modern sanctuary for your little one.

A nursery with a white crib, dresser, stool, and chair
Blue crib photo

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Origami Mini Crib

A miniature crib is exactly what your mini-me needs. Portability is prized in modern design and this crib-on-wheels comes in first place with its small size, tiny footprint and easy-to-store folding mechanism. Although available in three neutrals (black, gray and white), we love this trendier color the most. The subdued blue hue is not too boyish, girly or babyish, so you can reuse it for all of your littles down the line. ($269; houzz.com)

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White three-drawer dresser photo

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Scoot 3-Drawer Changer Dresser

Diapering is a bummer all around, but this changer-dresser duo makes doing the dirty work more manageable. It's elevated by four sturdy tapered feet (a signature of midcentury design) at a practical height so parents don't have to hunch over or bend down. Stash diapers and clothing in the three spacious drawers below. The light and bright combination of white and natural wood is a pleasant color palette for any modern room. Accent it with a pastel or patterned changing pad up top. ($339; houzz.com)

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Light brown and white deer-shaped play mat photo

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Deer Play Mat

Tummy time is key! Remember to allocate enough space in the center of the room for a play mat. This plushy Bambi is an ultra soft and profoundly charming surface for playing and changing. ($39; houzz.com)

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Toy chest with elephant applique photo

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Elephant Toy Chest

Considering the vast amount of stuffed animals you're bound to receive, a nursery can turn into a zoo before baby even arrives. It's unlikely your baby will feel attached to all of its stuffed companions and even more unlikely that they'll be appreciate them on display at such a young age. Keep the whole gang together in a contemporary chest as they wait their turn in cuddle rotation. Try this elephant-adorned toy box to control the cutesy clutter. ($25; houzz.com)

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Taupe glider chair with heart-shaped pillow photo

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Bento Glider

Since both of you will be spending time here, you should design a nursery with you and baby in mind. Therefore, a good glider should be at the top of your list. This all-important chair should be as supportive as it is comfortable and this one by Babyletto delivers in both departments. You'll sink right into this low-profile glider that's covered in a blend of water-resistant, soft fibers. Add a pretty pillow for a pop of color. ($348; houzz.com)

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Black and white crib bedding set photo

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Tuxedo Monochrome 5-Piece Nursery Crib Bedding Set

Designing a nursery doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the sophistication of your home decor. The gender-neutral Tuxedo set will suit newborns and modern parents alike. The classic color combination brings some grown-up style to baby's room and balances the hand-drawn dots and whimsical crosses. This set includes a fitted crib sheet, crib skirt, play blanket, changing pad cover and wall decals. ($129; houzz.com)

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White baby monitor photo

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Wi-Fi Baby Monitor With Temperature and Humidity Sensors

Can a room really be considered modern without at least one piece of high-tech equipment? Your newborn probably doesn't need an HDTV, but here's a piece of video technology your nursery can benefit from. The iBaby is a video monitor with Wi-Fi capabilities, so you can stream naptime right from your smartphone. It has two-way audio and a music player for playing lullabies and recorded stories remotely. A built-in air sensor keeps tabs on the nursery's temperature and humidity levels as well. Capture candid moments by taking photos and sharing them online with grandparents, relatives and friends. ($250; houzz.com)

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Gray, white and pink pig burrito blanket photo

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Penny the Pig

This heather gray, white and slipper pink piglet is a great gift for toddler siblings. Invite older kiddos to the nursery and encourage them to participate in welcoming a new addition to the family. Use Penny the Pig as a teaching tool for swaddling, playing and caring for their little baby brother or sister. This can help them learn empathy at a young age and prevent jealousy as a result of a growing family. ($36; houzz.com)

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Fox-printed fitted sheet photo

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Fox Toile Print Fitted Sheet

A fitted sheet is really all a crib needs in terms of bedding for babies. This one made of 100 percent cotton and decorated with sweet-as-can-be scenes is a real winner. The illustrated adventures of a fox and finch will surely pique the curiosity of your little one's developing imagination. Subtle hints of orange, green, aqua and yellow bring the gray backdrop to life without overpowering a neutral palette. ($49; houzz.com)

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White owl-shaped light photo

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Owla LED Wireless Owl Lamp

A new nursery should include a lighting plan designed to protect your newborn's sensitivities. Layer warm windows and bright ceiling lights with shaded lamps and nightlights. This nightlight offers a soft glow that won't wake up or overstimulate your baby while being bright enough to light a path for your late-night check-in. It'll grow with your baby, as the muted color-changing option is soothing for kids of all ages and the simple shape of an owl is most modern. ($349; houzz.com)

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