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6 Trendy and Timeless Nursery Color Schemes We’re Loving for 2020

One of the most important (and most fun) parts of nursery design is choosing a theme and color scheme. And it’s not just about pink and blue anymore. Many parents are expanding their view on color and opting for nursery color schemes that are more gender neutral. They’re drawing inspiration from trendy baby room designs and seeking out nursery decor in a wider range of hues, be it layering lots of cozy neutrals in a shared kids and toddler bedroom or committing to the cool, clean-lined look of a black and white nursery.

If you’re not sure how to approach color in your nursery, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite nursery color schemes to help inspire you. Read on to find out more and get our tips for working these perennially stylish (and foolproof!) color ideas into your own nursery design.

black and white nurseryChic Black & White

Black and white nurseries are replacing blue and pink baby rooms given the combo’s versatility and longevity. Simply put, a black and white nursery is a smart long term investment because the room can easily be repurposed into a kids bedroom when your little one outgrows their crib.

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The Key Elements:

Accent a wall. If you’re looking to create contrast, try an accent wall in a deep charcoal black. It sets a moody and cool atmosphere and can easily be worked into any future black and white bedroom design.

Pick high-contrast decor. Layer in a mix of bold and subtle black and white nursery decor, such as graphic art, lightly striped pillows and throws, and two-toned baskets. They’ll add to the overall color scheme without overwhelming the room.

Pile on the textures. Think a furry sheepskin, whitewashed woods, a nubby ivory rug, a crisp white crib. The varied textures in white will offset the black and white scheme with a cozy vibe.

gender-neutral nursery designWarm Natural Tones

For a nursery that’s a little rustic but still warm and big on comfort, keep to natural hues. That means rich wood tones, natural-fiber accents, heavily textured fabrics, and touches of light beige, brown, and black. The result is a gender-neutral nursery that’s perfectly cozy and inviting.

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The Key Elements:

Start with a wooden crib. If you’re going with natural tones in your nursery, a wooden crib is the essential centerpiece. More than black or white-painted cribs, a wooden design is an instant statement piece that conveys a decidedly traditional and rustic vibe.

Work in a solid color. With natural color tones, it’s important to add a pop of contrast with an anchor furniture piece in a solid hue. Here, the blue-gray armchair helps break up the otherwise brown and beige room.

Ground it in black and white. The best foundation for natural-toned nursery decor is a black and white rug. The diamond-patterned Moroccan rug here not only provides cozy texture, but it also contrasts with the wood furnishings, which in doing so brings focus to them.

yellow nurseryBright Yellow & White

If you want a nursery that’s colorful and lively but not overly saturated, consider a yellow and white color scheme. It’s a sunny color combo and a little can go a long way. You can set off your nursery with one statement yellow and white piece or add in lots of patterned textiles and art for a brighter, bolder look. How bold you want to go is totally up to you.

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The Key Elements:

Build on a bright rug. Colorful rugs can transform even the smallest nursery. Use it as your jumping-off point for a yellow and white nursery, then layer in your furniture and accents. What’s great is that the rug can easily be worked into a shared kids bedroom design down the line.

Juxtapose with white. The best way to balance out a bright patterned rug is with crisp white nursery furniture staples, like a painted crib and an all-white dresser. These become neutral counterpoints that help to soften the impact of any bright colors and patterns.

Bring in adorable accents. A colorful room calls for whimsical accents and finishing touches rather than versatile black and white nursery decor—as stylish as they may be. Here it’s about charm and fun so go big on cute animal storage pieces, kids rugs, and mobiles that inspire joy.

neutral nurseryCozy Neutral Tones

The focus is on subtle neutrals in this white and black nursery. There’s also an emphasis on cozy white shades, from ivory to off-white hues, which are mixed with light gray notes. Rather than bold black and white nursery decor, the furnishings feature softer, more nuanced colors.

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The Key Elements:

Go for warm white tones. The cozy feel of this nursery is rooted in the classic white furnishings, including the oversize armchair, delicate gray and white rug, and patterned off-white textiles. A rug and armchair in complementing white tones is always a great place to start.

Play with shades of gray. It’s a perfectly gender-neutral color, but varying different gray tones in a nursery can also create a sense of warmth and add depth to the space. Look for accents that have a light gray undertone, like the rug, armchair, and dog art in this nursery.

An evolving gallery wall. Whether it’s a nursery or a teen bedroom design, a gallery wall that mixes sophisticated and whimsical art is bound to age well and grow with your kid over the years. Try combining monochrome prints, architectural drawings, and dog art like this nursery.

blue nurseryCalming Blue & White

When it comes to nursery colors, you can almost never go wrong with a classic blue and white color scheme. It’s a soothing palette that can be elevated or eased up with elegant or relaxed furnishings as needed.

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The Key Elements:

Vary blue tones. With blue and white, start with the lightest blue tone and go darker as you furnish your space. Unlike straightforward black and white nursery decor, layering a range of blue tones is key to adding depth, comfort, and calm in any room but especially in a nursery.

Sneak in soft stripes. Blue and white stripes are a versatile pattern that adds instant whimsy. But when they’re too bold, you risk your room suddenly feeling coastal and nautical. Take a cue from this nursery and add in soft stripes through accents, like the ottomans, rug, and art.

Keep to classics. Tried-and-true furnishings are best in a blue and white nursery. Classic designs beget a classic color scheme here. Go with a more traditional white-painted hutch and a navy glider with clean lines. The more simple and relaxed the furniture, the better.

Warm Earth Tones

Hone in on warm earth tones for your color scheme if you’re after a trendy modern boho nursery. It’s all about pops of color with this approach.

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The Key Elements:

Have lots of pops of color. Aside from your crib, dresser, chair, and large furniture pieces, your accents should offer just touches of both bright and rustic colors, like marigold, rusty red, tawny yellow, and burnt orange. Together, they add up to a colorful boho look.

Layer textured rugs. A distressed rug is a must when it comes to a boho nursery. It adds a vintage element to the space along with soft padding underfoot. Pile on a faux fur or sheepskin rug for an extra plush layer and to round out the room with a quintessential boho vibe.

Bring in a bit of nature. In total contrast to crisp black and white nursery decor, boho accents highlight the delicate colors and elements of nature. From floral pillows and rug patterns to botanical art and throw blankets that recall the colors of dusk, opt for decor that nod to nature.

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