Nursery Color Schemes

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

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If you want to incorporate bold colors in a nursery, design a room with soft neutrals first. The soothing green walls and light-blue carpet tiles provide the perfect foundation for this nursery. The orange rocker pops in the corner, and colorful accessories and toys are bold yet functional accents.

By: Gina Hannah

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.

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If you need to cover a lot of space, try out an all-over decal look with temporary wallpaper. This cheery apple print is perfect for a gender-neutral nursery. Best of all, you don't need glue for application. And when your tot outgrows it? Simply peel it off the wall. No muss, no fuss! Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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What better way to announce a new baby than some bunting? Most decals are vinyl, but these pennants are actually made of adhesive fabric that you can reuse. Because the banner is rip- and wrinkle-resistant, you can easily move it from over a crib to decorate for a child's birthday party. Photo courtesy of Petit Collage

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Even a room with plain white walls can get a little dazzle from decals. These adhesives are made to stick to standard Ikea furniture, so even if everyone has the same chest of drawers, it looks custom. The cute bird design makes this wardrobe a bit more kid-friendly. Photo courtesy of Mykea

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Create a scene — in front of your child's crib, that is! Think of these decals as a cross between wall decor and giant Colorforms. The forest friends are reusable, so kids can interact and play with them, making them climb trees or collect countless acorns. Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Wall decals can be both fun and functional. These bright farm scenes double as giant puzzles. Put together, they're a touch Old MacDonald. Apart, they're a fun brain-teasing activity for your inquisitive little one. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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Alphabet themes aren't just for schoolrooms. Especially when the decal letters are festooned with corresponding cartoon animals. Give your kids a challenge by asking them to put the letters on the wall in the correct order. Learning never looked so good. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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Repeating the same decal over and over in a pattern is a clever way to fake a wallpaper effect across a broad surface. These baby-blue, polka-dotted umbrellas have a cheeky Mary Poppins-esque whimsy when tilted at all angles. Photo courtesy of Dali Wall Decals

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Splish, splash, your kids will actually want to take a bath when they have sea-life stickers to keep them company. These decals are safe for bathroom use and stick readily to mirrors, tiles and tubs. The vinyl wipes clean, and the glossy variety should keep their cling, despite the moist environment. Photo courtesy of Dali Wall Decals

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Add a whole new dimension to removable wall decor with 3D decals. These winged wonders look so lifelike when perched around the room on bookshelves and lamps, as shown. And what amateur entomologist could resist a little butterfly bling? Photo courtesy of RoomMates Peel and Stick Decor

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Are you still drawing on the walls to mark your child's growth? The pencil and marker lines may have a homespun charm, but these stickable height charts double as colorful wall decor when kids aren't standing on their tippy-toes against them. Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Surround your kids with their favorite TV and film characters. After all, nothing says dream bedroom like hanging out with a movie star. This larger-than-life Buzz Lightyear decal would be great as part of a space-themed room. Photo courtesy of RoomMates Peel and Stick Decor

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Wall decals aren't just for bedrooms or bathrooms. Go wild and plant some in a playroom. These pink blooms work with the existing wall trim and let everyone know that this mini-kitchen is where girly fun gets cooked up. Photo courtesy of SissyLittle

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Get scientific! Decals can be a great way to get kids excited about nature and history. If you've got a little museum enthusiast on your hands, a giant dinosaur decal could be a welcome addition to his or her room. Photo courtesy of SissyLittle

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Lots of little girls want to be a princess. While that royal title might be hard to come by, luckily, decals fit for a princess are not. Don't Cinderella and her magic coach create an enchanting scene by a child's bed? Photo courtesy of RoomMates Peel and Stick Decor

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Give a space a sense of humor with a funny and fantastic cartoon decal. Here, a pirate ship does battle with a giant sea monster on what used to be a plain blue wall. Talk about creativity for a coloring corner! Photo courtesy of Surface Collective

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Move over, chalkboard paint. Chalkboard wall decals are one of the hottest innovations of this sticker trend. Hung above a child's desk, these decals can display anything from off-the-cuff sketches to crucial to-do lists. Don't forget the colored chalk! Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Don't be afraid to spell it out. Funky patterned letters mean you can emblazon a wall with a special word, favorite phrase or child's name. And since many decals are reusable, you can even rearrange the letters to spell other words later on. Anagrams, anyone? Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Kids' rooms are all about color. Use decals to coordinate or contrast with the existing wall and furniture colors in the room. Here, the decals pick up the pink in the walls, and add a little interest with some lilac and grape notes. Photo courtesy of Surface Collective

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Update or swap out your child's wall decals with the seasons for a constantly fresh look. This tree is spring-like with bright green leaves, but would look equally pretty with fall colors, or bare branches to represent winter. Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Say what?! These speech-bubble decals give kids a chance to express themselves. They can write their own cheeky commentary in the bubbles with marker or use pre-printed phrases to make inanimate objects in the room come alive. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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These ingenious dot decals also serve as handy pouches to stash small trinkets, photos and clippings. They're wall-mounted pockets, if you will. The note from the cute boy in social studies? Oh, yeah, it's going in there. Photo courtesy of RoomMates Peel and Stick Decor

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Tweens love to express their interests and individuality. The budding actor in drama club will appreciate these comedy and tragedy masks. Have a kid in jazz or marching band? Try some musical notes or the instruments of their choice. Photo courtesy of SissyLittle

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It can be difficult to pry a teen out of the bathroom in the morning, so it's especially convenient that this mirrored peace-sign decal provides another opportunity to check her hair, outfit or lip gloss on the way out to the bus stop. Photo courtesy of RoomMates Peel and Stick Decor

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If you have tweens sharing a room, a decal can be a useful way to delineate space. This personalized name decal over a desk space gives a tween a sense of ownership — and tells siblings to respect their boundaries. Photo courtesy of SissyLittle

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Teens are notorious for covering their bedroom walls with photos. Fun for your kid, not so great for the walls. With these decal photo frames, they can display snaps of their friends, and you can peel them down without leaving marks behind. It's a win-win situation. Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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Create an arcade corner with character decals straight out of all the classic video games. The times may have changed (yes, it's all about Xbox, not Atari), but the fondness for retro titles hasn't waned. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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Go faux and use decals as furniture. Give a teen's bed a quick makeover and fake a headboard with a giant decal. This trompe l'oeil decal looks like an expensive mod metal bed at just a fraction of the price. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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Look to fine art for a cool, edgy influence. Keith Haring's figures were inspired by graffiti, but thankfully where your walls are concerned, there's no spray paint needed to achieve the look of these dog decals. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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A temporary wallpaper "accent wall" would be a grown-up touch in any teen's room. This mustache print is quirky and has a sense of humor, so things won't get too stuffy. Photo courtesy of WallCandy Arts

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An inspirational poster? So not cool. But a tattoo-esque decal with an inspiring phrase? Hip enough to proudly plaster over the bed. And who knows? It just may calm all the shouting and door slamming (fingers crossed). Photo courtesy of Dali Wall Decals

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A hard floor surface may be less than inviting in a teen or tween's bedroom, but then again, it means not having to steam-clean soda stains out of the carpet. These lacy rug decals soften the look of a hard floor surface, but conveniently wipe clean. Photo courtesy of Blik Wall Graphics

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DJ equipment is expensive, but your teen's dream of having two turntables and a microphone just got a little more realistic thanks to these furniture decals. Young music fanatics could store CDs or a record collection inside the drawers, but even if it's just socks and sweaters, they'll earn serious cred from the outside. Photo courtesy of Mykea

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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