Urban modern design is the hottest new trend in homes. So it’s not surprising that parents want to follow the same design trends for their children. But a child’s nursery seems hardly the right place for urban modern design. Can parents really incorporate a trend that started life in renovated warehouses, refurbished lofts, and high rise city apartments?
The answer is yes. It might seem impossible at first glance as the urban design appears to emphasize an industrial look. But the key here is to understand the underlying principles of urban modern design and adapt it to your family’s unique needs. Keep reading for ideas and tips to use the urban modern design trend in your baby’s nursery.
What is urban modern design?
If you want to design an urban modern nursery, you need to understand the various elements. Urban modern design has roots in contemporary, modern, and industrial influences. However, it is also a distinct style that combines open spaces with comfortable living. That’s why it’s so appealing to modern families – it suits modern sensibilities and satisfies functional needs.
Most urban modern rooms open out into each other, you won’t find many closed-off spaces here. These rooms also pull double duty – kitchens with eat-in areas and living rooms with a dedicated workspace are very common. Urban modern design focuses on comfort, aesthetics, and functionality at the same time.
Apart from open floorplans and multiple-use rooms, urban modern design also emphasizes straight lines and light colors. Some designers use a splash of bold hues to make a statement but you’re often likely to see a pastel, light, or neutral palette in such homes.
Natural components are another crucial element of urban design. Finally, you won’t find a lot of wasted space in urban modern homes. Smart use of available space is a hallmark of this design trend.
An urban design nursery
So let’s consider how to use urban modern design elements in a nursery.
Light and airy neutral colors are the order of the day. Some families hesitate to use light shades or even white in a nursery. It’s easy to see why though as it will be hard to keep clean once the baby takes up residence. However, you can always use lighter shades on easy to clean/out of reach things like the wall paint. A washable, durable, and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint in white or pale grey can be quite tasteful.
Another way to integrate urban modern design is to select the right furniture. Consider the new Metro and Urban collections from Tulip Juvenile. Both collections feature pieces with clean, straight lines and no unnecessary embellishments. They are also available in a wide variety of dual-tone finishes to match any color palette.
Apart from color and style, individual pieces in both the Metro and Urban collections offer additional functionality as well. For example, the beds can go from a toddler bed to a daybed, twin/single bed, or even a double bed. All you need to do is select the appropriate railings for your child when needed.
Another unique feature of the beds is that they come with an integrated shelf that can act as a nightstand. It’s a handy place to keep essentials such as water, a nightlight, or even your child’s favorite toys as they go to sleep. The essence of urban design is to combine form and function, illustrated perfectly by the pieces in the brand new Urban collection by Tulip Juvenile.
The urban modern design never sacrifices comfort. You can soften the look of the nursery by adding fabrics in natural fibers or bold colors. Consider adding some rugs or throws to a corner chair for comfort. You can also brighten up the room with plants, pillows, or other decor items. It’s important that you feel comfortable in the nursery as both you and the baby will be spending a lot of time here.
Many people think that a baby’s room should only have child-size furniture. But there’s no point in artificially restricting yourself. Eventually, your baby will grow up and continue using the room as a toddler or even pre-teen. From a practical standpoint, it makes sense to anticipate the future. You can always use standard pieces of furniture like a dresser to account for growth.
You can also use contrast to great effect by playing with the scale of items. A good mix and match of small and large decor can create interesting effects. An over-sized rocking chair paired with a small pendant light or even tiny potted succulents instantly draws the eye.
As with any design trend, it’s all about what works for you, your baby, and the rest of your family. Don’t be afraid to combine different elements to create a nursery that’s unique to your child!