A Monochrome Nursery

The monochrome nursery trend is inspired by simple Scandinavian style. A modern fresh look with clean lines of warm wood and crisp white walls. Comparatively simple furniture is complimented with black, white and a few minimally coloured accessories.


It is essential to start with a blank canvas and build on it. White is the pre-requisite colour for the walls of a Scandinavian style nursery. Start with this as a base and then build upon it.

Essential elements of the monochrome nursery

  • A minimalist palette with a base of white. Likewise neutral furniture and accessories in black, natural wood and one other neutral accent colour
  • Think modern clean lines. Furniture specifically should be minimalist and functional.
  • Textures, especially natural materials, bring softness to a room. Use cosy woollen blankets alongside sheepskins. Equally rugs and curtains should be natural fibres.
  • Natural wood for flooring and furniture.
  • Rugs add softness to a room while including pattern and texture
  • Pattern added with black and white accessories as well as wall decals and prints
  • Outdoor influences – particularly decor inspired by nature, plants and animals

Key interior design trends for a monochrome nursery

Aside from the essentials such as furniture, there are some key design features and accessories that complete the look. Great examples are to be found in these blog images. Interior design tip – look for the following combinations:

  • Floating wall shelves with collections of books and typographic prints
  • Geometric shapes – vinyl decals on walls and fabric patterns on bedding, curtains and rugs


  • Chalkboards – a place for kids to get creative without damaging your decor
  • Tee-pees – a cosy place where kids can hide away and play
  • Sustainable toys – eg. wooden toys which are passed on through family to reuse and recycle
  • Cut out lettering and acrylic signs – taking typography onto the walls in 3D with names and quotes

Lala Loves decor cut out signs
Photo by LaLaLovesDecor.com 

  • Soft pastel accent colours including pink, yellow, mint and light blue – essentially traditional nursery colours.
  • Bunting and cotton globe fairy lights


black and white nursery decor

A monochrome nursery for baby’s development

As well as being very on trend, the monochrome nursery is good for a baby’s development. Traditional nurseries, together with toys are calming pastel colours. This is aimed at helping babies to sleep. However in fact at birth, a baby’s sight is one of their least developed senses. Although research has proved, that black and white images can help babies develop faster visually. Up to six months of age babies respond best to bold contrasting patterns. Significantly, these include black and white geometric shapes or lines. Firstly these are more engaging. This in turn encourages brain development, helping to increase concentration and attention span. In addition physical development is stimulated. For example this could be as a baby reaches to grasp an object. Furthermore a baby who is engaged with regular mental and physical stimulation will naturally sleep no matter what the colour of their surroundings.

A place to grow and play

A cosy place to play. In this case bold patterned cushions fill a cosy play tent together with nature inspired cactus decals on the walls.

Monochromatic Kid


Kids especially love to see how they’ve grown. This banner height chart measures their growth as well as helps to familiarise them with numbers.

monochrome nursery

From nursery to child’s room

Whereas traditional nurseries were based on pink or blue, a monochrome nursery has the added benefit of being gender neutral. In contrast to traditional nurseries this  is a style that is easy to update as children grow older. In this room the cot is replaced with chunky natural wooden beds together with a selection of patterned cushions for older kids. Despite the changes the elements of monochrome scandinavian design including the neutral colour scheme remain in place.


Modern Kids Room


Black triangular stickers are a popular design feature which will certainly last the test of time as seen in these children’s rooms. Note the natural textures used on the hard wearing floor covering together with natural wooden furniture and toys.

Scandi-inspired sleep spaces with Gyprock

Black triangles on the wall in addition to large triangles on the black and white floor covering.

Monochrome graphic toddler room

From dream design to reality

Having your perfect nursery design in mind is one thing, however getting around to creating it – possibly whilst heavily pregnant is another. Rudy’s room over on the CotswoldCreate blog is an inspiring story of how one mum put together this perfect nursery, even though she was surprised by a long awaited arrival which came five weeks early!

Nursery with black and white decor

Photo by CotswoldCreate


Where to buy key items for your monochrome nursery

As this is a popular trend with home makers and interior decorators and there are so many great items available to help you create the look. Furthermore there is a great choice of furniture and accessories available at everyone’s favourite Nordic superstore – Ikea.

On the floor

Black and white nursery shop
1. Eames style children’s rocking chair £35 – Cult furniture
2. Stockholm rug – Ikea
3. Half moon laundry basket £59 – by Ferm Living available at Amara
4. TeePee £75 – By KidsBOCOLORO at Etsy
5. Wooden Rocking Horse £96 – The White Company


On the wall

black and white wall decor for nursery




  1. Cloud set of wall decals from £16 – Inkmillvinyl.co.uk
  2. Star set of wall decals from £16 – Inkmillvinyl.co.uk
  3. Triangle set of wall decals from £16 – Inkmillvinyl.co.uk
  4. Print £13.95 – Mini Learners
  5. Dot set of wall decals from £16 – Inkmillvinyl.co.uk
  6. Banner Height Chart – Inkmillvinyl.co.uk
  7. Lack shelf – Ikea
  8. Make your own messages banner  –  Trouva.com


On the bed

Modern nursery accessories

  1. Riceberry Medium Cushion – £25 BearandBear.com
  2. Lapplung Ruta Cushion – £9 Ikea
  3. Cloud Cushion – £25 MadebySkoo.co.uk
  4. Organic Cotton baby Blanket – £30 LuksLinen.com
  5. Stars Charcoal bedding – £65 SecretLinenStore.com
  6. Printed Bunny toy – £2.99 TheBonnieMob.com

There are endless combinations of black and white nursery designs to use to create your perfect Scandanavian style monochrome nursery. We’d love to see your monochrome nursery designs, especially if you’ve used our kids shape wall stickers, so tag us with your room pictures @inkmillvinyl #monochromenurserydecor

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