Nursery Color Schemes

Get ready for baby's arrival with a nursery color scheme that is soothing and cheery.

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Designing a color scheme for your new nursery is a fun way to get ready for baby's arrival. You'll choose colors not only for your walls, but also for bed linens, rugs, window treatments and accessories to build a look that creates the perfect environment for your new addition while also reflecting your family's decorating style.

Bedroom Color Options From Soothing to Romantic

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Kids' Green Bedroom

Cheerful Purple Bedroom

Modern Orange Bedroom

Coral and Kelly Green Bedroom

Pink and Purple Girl's Bedroom

Traditional Girl's Bedroom

Teen's Lavender and Yellow Bedroom

Warm Beige Master Bedroom

Boy's Blue Bedroom

Chocolate Brown Master Bedroom

Contemporary Gold Master Bedroom

Cheerful Light-Green Nursery

Brown Guest Bedroom

Sage Master Bedroom

Grey Master Bedroom

Coastal Blue Master Bedroom

Creative Purple and Salmon Nursery

Blue and Orange Nursery

Warm Brown Child's Nursery

Neutral Colors in a Nursery

Green Bedroom

Black and White Bedroom

Vibrant Green Bedroom

Girl's Pink Bedroom

Red Bedroom

Bright Yellow Bedroom

Boy's Orange Bedroom

Traditional Navy Bedroom

Contemporary Gray and Orange Bedroom

Warm Beige Master Bedroom

Teal Bedroom Office

Traditional Yellow and Grey Bedroom

Color brings personality to any room, and you want your baby's bedroom to be nurturing as well as cheery. For colors, you can go soft or bright, or you can use a combination of the two. Neutral shades can create a nice backdrop for a non-gender-specific nursery that will have more staying power than pastel shades well into childhood as your baby grows. A room with neutral walls can be brightened by color in rugs, window treatments and accessories.

Oranges, blues, greens, purples and yellows are good choices for sunny colors, and earth tones work nicely for either a little girl or boy. A girl's nursery with sage green walls and warm pink accents in curtains or an accent wall creates a pretty look that will last as your daughter enters grade school. Blue and green makes a great combination for a boy's room.

For a serene look, incorporate an analogous color scheme with shades that are next to one another on a color wheel. A monochromatic look, which uses varying shades of the same color, creates depth and serenity if you're using neutral or cool colors. Or imagine a nursery with creamy white walls and soft white bed linens and curtains. Vary the textures you incorporate into the nursery through rugs, bed linens and window curtains.

If you desire more energy from your colors, try a triadic color scheme, which uses shades spaced evenly apart on the color wheel. Some color combinations lend themselves to certain themes, particularly in a baby's room. Themes such as airplanes, animals or storybook characters are popular, but keep in mind these furnishings, wallpaper and coordinating colors may be quickly outgrown and need to be changed sooner than more flexible, simpler color schemes.

When pulling your look together, keep in mind that many designers advise against having more than five large areas of color. Too many wall colors can be distracting and cause visual tension. Also, too much red, such as red walls, can confuse a small baby, because their eyes see that color before others. The best colors for babies to wake up to are softer shades, such as blues, greens and pinks, because those colors develop at around the same time in a baby's eye.

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