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Orange & Gray Modern Boy Nursery


I wanted to create a fun, upbeat nursery for my baby boy....that wasn't too baby and fit into the contemporary design of the rest of our house.

Design Inspiration

I gathered inspiration from all sorts of websites including Project Nursery. I started off knowing I wanted gray walls and the color orange to be a main color. From there the accents of blue & green came about when I found the abacus from CB2. 

Decorating Style

Modern/ Contemporary. 

Project Details

I wanted the room to be as well-rounded as I hope my son to be. So I made sure to mix an element of knowledge (books & abacus), athletisim (wire bin filled with balls and photos of his grandpa's participating in college sports), music (wall poster with lyrics from the song, Simple Man), and love (photos of the rest of the family).

I couldn't find any bedding that I really loved. There just isn't a lot of modern options out there. So I created my own set in the colors of the room:

Orange striped crib sheet is from

Gray dot bed skirt from Dwell Studio.

Abacus wall art -

Crib - Dwell Studio from Target

I had the hardest time finding the perfect size "M" for above the dresser. I wanted vintage but when I couldn't find the perfect size {at a decent price}, I created my own on and spray painted it myself. 

The dresser is just from Target but I changed the knobs to match the room. Orange knobs are from Hobby Lobby.

Simple Man poster from Courtney Winet Design.

Wire book baskets from Ballard Design

Wire ball basket from The Container Store (Land of Nod also has some).

I also was determined to have a rocker/recliner/swivel chair- which was really hard to find! Once I stopped looking for "nursery recliner", and just looked at regular living room furniture, I finally found one and got to choose that fun green & gray fabric.  It's from a local furniture shop, Goodworks (Taft Recliner).

Favorite Items

I love the chair for its design & comfort

I love the Simple Man poster for it's meaning

I love the abacus because it ties the room together with its colors.


Step away from the pre-packaged bedding sets and create your own look with seperates. Also, I had the most luck when I stopped looking at "nursery" furniture and items labeled for a nursery.

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  1. avatar Lindsay says:

    Please, please…where did you find the “Simple Man” poster? I LOVE it!!!

  2. avatar Lisa says:

    great color combo! what paint color did you use?

  3. avatar Kristen Bell says:

    Where did you find the blue shelves? Or did you buy them white and paint them? Love the room!!!!

  4. woww!
    so would like to have one fourth of cute

  5. avatar artsy_eyez says:

    i would really love to be able to afford a comfy chair like that! can’t really justify spending over $300 for a rocker.  Is it worth it?

  6. avatar MeganH23 says:

    I adore the color combo — what color is the grey paint? 


  7. avatar robinscesney says:

    This nursery is nicely done.   It’s not over cluttered, just perfect for a little boy.  I love the colors you choose.

  8. avatar lutis says:

    LOVE the room! We are also going a grey & tangerine modern nursery for our little guy. I havnt gotten far though.. and only have paint samples on the walls. I’mhaving a really hard time finding the grey that works… Love yours! What color grey is this? thanks!

  9. avatar AngelsBreath says:

    I love the idea that you thought about the different facets of your boy’s development and reflected them in your room. You have sports, knowledge. music, and even art (since your room is very creatively and aesthetically put together). No doubt he will grow up well-rounded.

  10. avatar babyksbabymama says:

    Love it.  Not too babyish.  Just the right amount of “pop”.

  11. avatar Ysczabel says:

    Yep, your mix of colors is really nice. I never liked orange, but you used it wisely, and I think everything turned out beautiful. And oh, I absolutely adore the abacus.

  12. avatar Doublemint says:

    I love your colors and the abacus.  I have the Doodlefish Cottage Recliner Glider .  It glides, reclines, and swivals.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to spend much time in it, but its been comfortable so far.  It is also a more traditional look, which I prefer.

  13. avatar smartin10 says:

    I love your pops of color and especially love the framed “M.”  I might steal that idea for our nursery!! :)