Baby Rooms

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.

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.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.

Beautiful Baby Rooms

  • For Girls: Pretty Stripes
Vintage prints and a color palette of green and pink create a truly sweet girl’s nursery.
  • For Girls: Pink and Chocolate Confection
As one of the trendiest color combinations, pink and chocolate are the perfect base for this elegant girl’s nursery. A crystal chandelier tops off the design, while alternating stripes anchor the space.

  • For Girls: Sweet Pink Palette
Looking to create a traditional girl’s nursery? Try a pink and white color palette combined with classic furnishings.

  • For Girls: Purple Whimsy
In this whimsical nursery, the homeowner complements a pastel palette with warm wood tones and white accents.

  • For Boys: Transitional Style
Designer Vern Yip uses transitional colors so the room will easily adapt as the child gets older. Teal and brown bedding is balanced by dividing the wall colors into broad stripes, and hot-air balloons hung from the ceiling provide extra stimulation.

  • For Boys: Contemporary Flair
Create a minimalist nursery with sleek, modern furnishings and simple window treatments.

  • For Boys: Mod Pad
Get creative with circles and stripes in bold colors. Not only are they visually interesting, but they also create a whimsical and inventive environment.

  • Gender-Neutral: Cottage Style
A combination of fabrics, including toile, polka dots and plaid, are used to create a cottage-inspired nursery for a boy or girl.

  • Gender-Neutral: Organic and Stylish
Designer Stephanie McWilliams creates a calming environment using all green products, including a solid wood crib, non-toxic paint and 100% organic accessories. The walls are painted green to represent growing and blue to add a calming effect.

  • Room for Two: Neutral Palette
A small space can still be transformed into a room for two with an elegant daybed and some smart space planning. The traditional crib and neutral palette also help to expand the room visually.