Whats a mid-century modern nursery, anyway? Aside from being thoroughly on trend without being trendy, mid-century modern is a throwback to a classic aesthetic from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s. Mid-century modern nurseries feature clean lines and graphic shapes. They either sport muted and earthy tones or brighter, vibrant hues. They’ve got a lovely mix of organic and manmade materials. And they’re stunning and so easy to grow into. Here, some gorgeous mid-century modern nursery ideas to get your juices flowing!

Thrifted Mid-Century Nursery Decor

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Photo: ms_ida_pearl

Into thrifting? Then a mid-century modern nursery is for you and your bub. From the lamp to the dresser-cum-changing table, these nostalgic finds are perfection! 

Geometric Mid-Century Nursery

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Photo: hesheandpup

Mid-century modern is all about clean lines—both organic and geometric. Here, you’ve got a mix of both thanks to the stunning angular statement wall and the classically mid-century SNOO.

Eames Up Your Mid-Century Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: Small Fry

It doesn’t get more mid-century modern than a classic leather Eames chair, first put out in 1956. These beauties are the absolute pinnacle of design for this period! Bonus: They’re super comfortable and easy to wipe clean.

Mid-Century Modern ABCs Art

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo and to purchase: Etsy/JULYartprints

The simplicity of mid-century modern design is the just-right style to introduce Baby to the ABCs!

Mid-Century Modern Nursery Light Fixture

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: @houseofrounds

Mid-century modern light fixtures are statement pieces in and of themselves. This gold wonder elevates this nursery beautifully. (Plus, that green wall is spot-on for the period as well.) Check out more nursery lighting ideas! 

Atomic Kitty Mid-Century Modern Nursery

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Photo and to purchase: Etsy/Spoonflower

There’s a distinct area of mid-century modern design that meshes slick shapes with space-age fun…and we’re here for it! This iconic kitty design will be a perfect retro touch in any nursery.

Brown & Blush Mid-Century Nursery

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Photo: Room for Tuesday

Typically, we associate mid-century modern design with a palette of greens, reds, and neutrals, but blush pink can be the perfect complement to an otherwise brown and taupe nursery scene.

Oodles of Mid-Century Nursery Art 

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo and to purchase: Society6

This mid-century inspired gallery wall is something to swoon over! A mix of bold retro designs and quirky pictures make this nursery a dream come true. (Use simple, wooden frames to carry out the theme.)

Not Your Average Rainbow Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: Jennifer J Sullins

There are the standard rainbows the lighting up the sky (or your baby’s nursery) in all of their primary color glory…and then there are mid-century modern rainbows. Metallic or muted, these rainbows still have all the whimsy of traditional ones, but with a touch more sophistication. 

Color Blocked Mid-Century Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: 100 Layer Cakelet

Mondrian-inspired color blocked closet storage (or pillows, or wallpaper, or anything!) make for a charming splash of mid-century influence in this perfectly conceived Baby’s room.

Sweet, Simple Mid-Century Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: @in_vest_homes

There’s no need to overdo this design concept—much of mid-century modern design is quite minimalist, like this stunner. The Eames rocker and painted ceiling for-sure take the style up a notch!

Mid-Century Throwback Toys

Mid-century modern nursery ideas

Retro toys add the ideal touch of throwback-fun to any mid-century modern nursery! (Wanna see the rest of this mid-century nursery? Look no further!)

Embrace a Theme in Your Mid-Century Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: The Parker Project

Vintage cars mesh well with mid-century shapes and styles in this cool retro nursery. The simple wood crib and end table are mid-century modern perfection.

Mid-Century Nursery With a Pop of Color

Mid-century modern nursery ideas
Photo: morgan.l.west

A brightly-painted arch statement wall paired with a classically retro bureau is a lovely melding of boho and mid-century that all will adore! 

 Sophisticated Chic Mid-Century Nursery

Mid-century modern nursery ideas 
Photo: Project Nursery 

Mid-century modern may be an adult-skewed style, but man oh man, it looks great in a nursery! Loving the Mad Men and 007 vibes coming off of this slick space.

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About Jenny Studenroth Gerson

Jenny Studenroth Gerson is an Atlanta-based lifestyle journalist and novelist (Let Me Let You Go, 2020). Her work can be seen in publications including HuffPost, Cosmo, and WSJ, among many others. Jenny has researched thousands of baby names, combed through hundreds of nursery designs, and curated dozens of baby shower guides, making her absolutely the mom—and writer—you want to talk to when planning for Baby. When not meeting deadlines, she is chasing toddlers or chugging coffee—or both! Find her on Instagram @ourlifeinrosegold for mom hacks and more.

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