Picking a generic nursery color is hard enough. Pulling the very best shade from the vast and ever-growing sea of tiny paper paint chips taking over your house? Well, that’s even harder.
Need an intervention? Step away from the sample cards! These popular nursery paint colors offer a no-fuss, no-fail solution to all your nursery color problems. Whether you’re tickled by pink, pondering neutrals, or digging something a little more dramatic, we’ve got your next color crush right here.
- Color Family: Varies. Mostly soft, subtle pastels and neutrals but some bold hues.
- Complementary Colors: Varies
- Pairs Well With: Varies. Many pair well with white accents and other neutrals.
- Mood: Calming, gentle, mentally stimulating
- Where to Use: Nursery walls, cabinetry, accent walls
Here are a few things to keep in mind when narrowing down a color for your nursery:
- Long-Term Appeal: If you don't want to redecorate drastically as your child grows up and continues living in this room, consider a more sophisticated shade that will work for any age. Neutral shades will have staying power.
- Calming Color Considerations: If you want your baby to sleep through the night, think about selecting soothing shades. Earthy neutrals, soft whites, and pastels are among the colors that tend to keep a child calm.
- Gender-Neutral Factors: There are many reasons you may opt for a gender-neutral nursery. Perhaps you are waiting to be surprised about the sex of the baby. Or you may find stereotypical baby colors limiting. Many couples who go this route want a practical nursery that will work for additional children they may have in the future. Whatever the reason, gender-neutral nurseries are popular, and it's something to consider when picking a color scheme.
These are our picks for the best nursery paint colors.
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Looking for the perfect combination of sweet and chic? You can’t go wrong with a rosy blush hue like Sherwin-Williams' Intimate White. Classically feminine without being overly girly, this subtle hue will stand the test of time, taking your pink-loving princess (or prince) well into their teenage years.
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A muted shade of baby blue, Breezy Beach offers a softer, more soothing version of this classic nursery palette staple, adding a touch of sophistication that will allow your child’s room to grow with them. It pairs well with many colors, including bright white furnishings.
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Want to bring a little warmth and cheer to your neutral nursery space? Try Benjamin Moore’s Crisp Linen. This sunny shade of soft, butter-colored ivory could almost be mistaken for a very pale yellow. Pair it with clean white accents to bring out the color’s rich and creamy goodness.
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In search of the perfect nursery neutral? Clean and versatile, Valspar’s Silver Shimmer is a dependable color. With just a touch of brown, this popular shade of greige offers plenty of warmth without seeming muddy.
Painting the ceiling a soothing color or enhancing the ceiling with decals or a mural can help your baby relax.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Love bold color? Try Watermelon Slice by Behr. This vivacious shade of coral combines the femininity of pink with the refreshing vitality of orange for a rich, energizing hue that’s perfect for your little star. When considering decor for the room, this vibrant color pairs well with neutrals, making enough of a statement on its own.
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When it comes to colors that soothe and refresh, you can’t beat aqua. And when it comes to aqua, you can’t beat Benjamin Moore's Morning Sky. Clean and cool, this soft blue-green hue pairs beautifully with bold citrus accents for an energetic palette that’s perfect for any gender.
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Often overlooked, peach is one of the most flattering and versatile shades of pink. Looking for that peachy perfect color? Try White Peach by Behr. Warm and comforting, this pretty hue never fails to create a cozy space.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Need a no-fail solution to the difficulty of choosing a purple? Try New Age by Benjamin Moore. A fresh and feminine shade of lilac, New Age boasts all the soothing powers of blue with just enough pink to keep things from feeling gloomy.
Washi tape is budget-friendly and removable, making it great for decorating the walls of a nursery or kid's room.
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Soft and refreshing, mint green is a wonderful gender-neutral option for the nursery. Digging the minty goodness? Why not freshen up your little one’s space with a few coats of Valspar's Mint Hint. This versatile shade looks great with pastel accents but also pairs nicely with black, white, gray, and even gold.