Before & After: A Nursery Gets The Black & White Treatment


When interior designer Jennifer Schmidt was approached about redesigning a nursery for one of her clients, she knew she wanted to make a room that was fresh and updated—and the first thing to do was sort out that orange paint. “We decided we wanted a modern nursery,” Jennifer notes.  “The client was so sick of seeing the orange-ish paint, we decided to paint the walls all white for a clean slate.” This take on nursery decor, one that veers firmly away from the impulse to pastel-ify any room for children, is one we have been seeing more and more of (check out this other recent nursery flip). People, it seems, are learning that it’s possible to create a space that is both sophisticated and whimsical—one that can be enjoyed by parents and infants alike! Jennifer’s creation melds a sophisticated black and white color palette with modern forms and safari-influenced decor for a look that is both chic and playful. That’s one lucky baby! Check out all of the photos plus Jennifer’s notes after the jump! —Max




“The graphic rug (Jonathan Adler) and easy to install Pottery Barn roman shade coordinated beautifully with the modern rocker,” Jennifer notes. The pillow in the crib is from IKEA.

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“The black mirror was a find that was originally navy and we just painted,” Jennifer says. “The ‘changing table’ was actually a wine rack I took from the customer’s dining room. The buffet height was PERFECT to use as a changing table.”


“To continue the cute animal theme, I found the animal heads on Anthropologie and then the wall decal which helped tie the room together.”


So good! Can you give us some more information on the stacked animal wall decal? It’s so cool!


I love this room not only for the design but also for the benefits it is going to provide the baby. Babies need to see high contrast to help develop their eyesight which is often overlooked in nursery design. Bravo for giving this baby so much to “see!”


beautiful nursery! can you give us some more information on the elephant hamper? absolutely love the design!


love those painted stripes behind the crib…the contrast makes for a great graphic focal point.

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I would never have thought of painted a nursery black, but this looks amazing.
Black and white is so chic and gender neutral. With the walls being white, it means the black furniture and accessories really stand out. Love the animal wall stickers. Wonderful room.


Where can I buy that crib & is it up to code with the new safety criteria? I just found out I’m going to have a new grandchild & the crib I bought for my older granddaughters, although in perfect condition, in 2001 may not be considered safe anymore.