20 Beautiful Blue Nursery Ideas for Boys and Girls

Contemporary blue nursery with half-wall paint treatment.
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    The Benefits of Blue

    If you’re struggling to settle on the perfect nursery color, you can’t go wrong with a soothing shade of blue.

    Like a calm sea or cloudless sky, the color blue tends to give us a sense that all is right with the world. Psychologists have found that exposure to this calming hue can reduce feelings of anxiety and aggression, making it a natural salve for nervous newborns and tantrum-prone toddlers. A blue nursery may even help your little one fall asleep faster, physically reducing their blood pressure and heart rate and preparing their tiny body for rest.

    Need another reason to get on the blue bandwagon? How about 20? Whether you prefer bold and modern or simple and sweet, this inspiring round up of beautiful blue nurseries is practically guaranteed to put you on team blue.

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    Coastal Blues

    Full of coastal charm, this stunning yet understated baby room from Project Nursery uses blue patterned elements, such as the wallpaper print accent wall and rough-woven striped rug, to capture the color and movement of the ocean.

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    Moody Blue Accents

    A dramatic wall treatment in a deep shade of navy sets a moody tone in this Boho-inspired contemporary nursery spotted on Instagram. Rich green plant life, gold accents, and mustard yellow accessories pop against the room’s muted backdrop, creating a subtle balance that keeps things feeling cheery.

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    Waves of Blue

    A simple and easy-to-recreate Ombre-effect wall treatment produces a soft, lapping wave of soothing aqua in this refreshing coastal-inspired nursery created by AE Designs.

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    Starry Night

    With its navy night sky, bold yellow accents, and eye-catching moon lamp, this space-themed nursery by J and J Design Group is out-of-this-world adorable.

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    Sunny Day

    Fresh aqua walls paired with sunny yellow accents give this bright and airy nursery space from Lay Baby Lay a cheerful summer-day vibe.

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    Cobalt Beauty

    Dark cobalt blue nursery
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    Love color? Don’t be afraid to go bold! This stunning nursery, spotted on PopSugar, balances a rich cobalt blue with clean white accents for a look that feels bright and refreshing despite the pigment-rich hue. By painting the ceiling in the same deep shade, the designer also creates an illusion of space, preventing the dark walls from closing in and feeling too oppressive.

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    Half and Half

    If you’re ready to rock a bold hue but are working with a small space, consider splitting things 50-50. A half-wall treatment in a weighty shade, such as the one featured in this bright contemporary space from Project Nursery, can actually have a space-enhancing effect, anchoring the room while allowing the upper wall and ceiling to create the illusion of a dome.

     

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    Barely Blue

    Prefer something a little more understated? A subtle tint of barely-there blue provides a soothing backdrop in this minimalist nursery from 100 Layer Cakelet, softening the harsh effects of an all-white space while maintaining a low-key appeal.

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    Fresh Florals

    If you think blue doesn’t have a feminine side, think again! With its large-scale floral print, soft textures, and pastel accents, this beautiful blue and pink nursery from 100 Layer Cakelet is all girl!

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    Periwinkle Perfection

    A subtle hint of violet transforms a soft blue into a charming shade of periwinkle in this sweet, vintage nursery room from Project Nursery. Kept light and airy and paired with soothing pastels like pale peach and muted sage, this spring-inspired favorite is a lovely option for a little girl’s room.

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    Blue Skies

    Featuring a realistic sky mural complimented by layer upon layer of soft cloud-inspired texture, this soothing blue and pink nursery room by Jillian Harris invites you and your little one to cozy up and watch the sky drift by.

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    Aqua and Red

    Craving something sweet? With its candy apple accents and cotton candy walls this unusual blue and red nursery from M is for Mama is certain to satisfy!

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    Teal Cute

    A splash of bold teal brings a vibrant yet soothing energy to this simple gender-neutral nursery space featured on Style Me Pretty.

    Often overlooked, teal is a near-perfect nursery neutral, combining the calming influences of blue with the energizing effects of green. It’s a great choice if you want to amp up the drama in your design without overpowering your space.

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    Clean Slate

    A medium shade of gray-infused blue creates drama in this clean contemporary space spotted on The Creativity Exchange. Masculine and somewhat industrial, it’s the perfect accent hue for your little man.

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    Indigo and Orange

    Blue and orange has long been a popular color pairing for boys' rooms. In this cute contemporary space from My Design Rules, a deep indigo blue meets an energetic orange, giving the traditional palette a tad more punch.

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    Navy and Pink

    Looking for a more feminine take on a bold color pairing? This rich navy space from Project Nursery uses bright pink accents to create vivid contrast, giving the already dramatic wall color an natural energy boost.

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    Peak-a-blue

    When paired with a few mood-setting accessories, a touch of blue is all it takes to transform an all-white space into a soothing ocean scene. 

    This minimalistic coastal nursery from August Lace offers and excellent example of the power of suggestion, creating an understated theme using only a scattering of blue accents and one or two well-placed nautical accessories. 

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    Mint and Navy

    People don't often pair greens with blues, but this underutilized color duo actually makes for a charming nursery palette.

    In this versatile nursery space from Lay Baby Lay, navy accents and clean mint walls make for a refreshing gender-neutral combo. You could also try setting a soft sage against a periwinkle or a gray-infused blue, or boosting a rich navy or cobalt blue with a pop of sherbet-inspired lime.

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    Powder Fresh

    Powder blue gets a fresh update in this beautiful woodland nursery from I Spy Design.

    Set against silver-gray walls and paired with soft pink and blue accessories, the room’s soothing blue accent wall offers a subtle nod to nursery tradition while boasting a chic tribal theme and a clean, contemporary look.

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    Inky Print

    A show-stopping wallpaper print featuring whimsical drawings of woodland flowers and animals adds a playful touch to this bright and charming nursery from Francois et Moi. Striking yellow accents set off the inky indigo print, while plenty of clean white paneling allows the room's boldly colored and patterned elements to really shine.