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Basing a nursery on two contrasting colors is certainly a bold choice, and one of the best options in this regard is black and white. Despite the intense contrast, these two colors also have a sense of simplicity and minimalism to them as opposed to more vivid colors. It’s also a versatile color palette since it can fit with farmhouse and modern styles alike. 

If this is your desired nursery theme, then you might wonder what decor items you should put in there. After all, there are many items in black, white, and both to consider. But there’s no need to worry. In this article, I’ll delve into some black and white nursery ideas so you can create the nursery of your dreams.

1) Blackberry Stem Vase Filler

Vases come with endless possibilities for filler items, from pampas grass to river stones. These berry stems are a unique option that looks glitzy, thanks to the added glitter. It’s great for adding a luxurious look to your little one’s nursery. I recommend adding these to a white vase for maximum contrast. You can buy these fake berry stems from Amazon.

2) Black and White Pom Pom Garland

Garlands are an enduringly popular choice for nursery decor, especially for the wall behind the crib. They can add a bit of decorative flair by themselves, or they can accent the underside of decor like wall shelves. You can even place them at the top of windows, which is especially great if you have blinds or shutters instead of curtains, so the windows don’t look too plain. You can buy this garland from Etsy.

3) Black and White Landscape Art DIY

Even if you’re not a world-class abstract artist, you can get started with this beginner-friendly abstract painting. The nature scene with the trees, lake, and moon creates a dramatic look, and the simple color palette gives it a minimalist spin.

4) Abstract Ceramic Vase

Beautiful abstract ceramic vases can serve as decor pieces on their own, or they can be filled with all kinds of items. Black and white fake floral arrangements, for example, can create a bold statement in your little one’s nursery. You can buy this vase from Amazon.

5) Sun and Moon Wall Art

Since black and white nurseries are focused on contrast, this artwork works perfectly with that theme with the sun and moon on either side. Since the two pieces are disconnected, you can arrange them in many different ways, whether by themselves or as two ends of a wall display. You can buy this art from Etsy.

6) Black Wooden Floral Decor

These black wooden art pieces are great for adding a bit of minimalist decoration to your nursery’s walls. The varying shapes create visual interest while retaining the simplistic mono color look. You can buy this art from Amazon.

7) White Bird Figurines

These white bird figurines are great for adding a bit of decoration to a shelf, bookcase, or nightstand. You can put multiple bird figurines together to create a cute family set or combine white and black figurines for a contrasting look. You can buy these figurines from Amazon.

8) Black and White Animal Nesting Dolls

Nesting dolls are cute pieces of decor, but they often go unconsidered for most nurseries since people imagine the traditional designs. But nesting dolls come in all kinds of colors and designs, including black and white animal ones like these. They make a nursery feel more child-friendly and fun. Plus, once they’re old enough, your child may enjoy playing with them. You can buy these nesting dolls from Etsy.

9) Black and White Paper Flowers DIY

Paper flowers are an often underrated craft, but they can have gorgeous results. Paper flowers like these make beautiful shelf accents, or you can attach pipe cleaners to the bottom of them for a lovely vase filler.

10) White Cat Planter

Plants can make your nursery feel more lively and bring the outside in. If you get plants like colorful succulents, you can even use them to add a pop of color to your black and white nursery. No matter what plant you decide on, a kitty planter like this one is sure to help it fit right in, while giving the nursery an extra touch of cuteness. You can buy this planter from Etsy.

11) White Marble Night Light

Night lights give you just a little bit of extra visibility at night, which is especially useful when you’re trying to feed or check on your baby. This white marble night light has a subtle look that’s designed to look like luxurious marble. You can buy this night light from Amazon.

12) Black and White Mobile

Your baby’s crib doesn’t need to be exempt from decor when you get a mobile! It not only looks perfect with the theme, but it also keeps your baby relaxed. You can buy this mobile from Amazon.

13) Black and White Buffalo Check Blanket

If you have a nursery chair or rocker that looks a little plain, a throw blanket can work wonders and make the nursery look cozy. You can buy this blanket from Amazon.

14) Black and White Crib Sheets

Besides getting a mobile, you can also make your baby’s crib coordinate with the theme by getting some black and white sheets. Besides matching the nursery aesthetics perfectly, they also keep your baby comfortable. You can buy these sheets from Amazon.

15) Black and White Starburst Art DIY

If you’re looking for something more abstract for your nursery wall art, this DIY is perfect for you. Using diluted acrylic paint and a hair dryer, the paint mixes together and creates interesting patterns in a starburst shape. Even if you make multiple pieces, no two will look exactly the same!

16) Black and White Changing Pad Cover

If you don’t want to ruin your changing pad, getting a changing pad cover is a good option. It offers a little extra protection from life’s daily messes, and if it gets dirty, cleaning is as simple as throwing it in the wash. Plus, it allows you to coordinate your little one’s changing table with the rest of the nursery decor. You can buy changing pad covers from Amazon.

17) Black and White Macrame

Black and white nurseries aren’t often associated with the boho aesthetic, but you can add a touch of it anyway with this black and white macrame piece. You can buy this macrame from Amazon.

18) Black and White Paper Dahlia DIY

This paper dahlia craft allows you to reuse old paper and turn it into a stunning, elegant piece of wall decor.

19) Black and White Owl Statue DIY

This cute little owl statue is perfect for adding a decorative touch to an empty-looking shelf or the top of a nightstand. You can buy this statue from Amazon.

20) Black and White Farmhouse DIYs

If you’re looking to give your little one’s black and white nursery a farmhouse flair, these DIYs are perfect for you. Craft a glow-in-the-dark sign, a toolbox planter, and so much more!

21) Black and White Laundry Basket

Babies can go through quite a bit of laundry, and since this basket is so small, it helps to keep it all in one place. A laundry basket is a perfect solution to keep your little one’s nursery organized. You can even buy multiple laundry baskets and use one to organize toys, one to organize baby essentials, and so on. You can buy this laundry basket from Amazon.

22) Black and White Throw Pillow Covers

Throw pillows can easily make a rocker more comfortable. If you can’t find any in the pattern you’d like, throw pillow covers are a perfect option. You can buy these throw pillow covers from Amazon.

23) Black and White Curtains

If your nursery windows are feeling a little plain, curtains are the perfect solution. Besides aesthetics, they’re also great for filtering out bright natural light and adding a little extra privacy. You can buy these curtains from Amazon.

24) Black and White Tiered Tray Decor Set

Tiered trays can be fun to coordinate at times, but at other times it can be difficult to find decor that goes together or create a look you’re happy with. Tiered tray decor sets are a great option if you want to take the guesswork out of it. You can buy this tiered tray decor set from Etsy.

25) Black and White Animal Prints

Add a cute touch to your nursery’s walls with these black and white animal prints. You can buy these prints from Amazon.

Summary and Top Picks

So, did you enjoy looking at these black and white nursery ideas? From fun abstract art to cute cat planters and so much more, there are endless possibilities for your little one’s black and white nursery. I hope this list gave you the inspiration you need to create a lovely nursery. 

While I loved all these ideas, if I had to choose a few favorites, I’d have to go with:

  • #2 Black and White Pom Pom Garland: Garlands are so versatile. They can stand out as wall decor on their own, accent other decor pieces, hang under shelves, and more. 
  • #8 Black and White Animal Nesting Dolls: I love these unique-looking nesting dolls. They put a cute and modern spin on a classic toy that also functions as a piece of decor. 
  • #15 Black and White Starburst Art DIY: Rather than meticulously placing each line and stroke in the painting, this art relies on using a hairdryer to push the paint around. The result is a unique abstract art piece that looks very bold and modern. 

But I’d love to know your thoughts on this. Which of these decor items would you choose for your little one’s nursery and why? Let me know in the comments!

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