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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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.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Moody Blue Accents
A dramatic wall treatment in a deep shade of navy sets a moody tone in this boho style 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.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Fresh aqua walls paired with sunny yellow accents give this bright and airy nursery space from Lay Baby Lay a cheerful summer-day feel.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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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!Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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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!Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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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 an 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.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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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 theme and a clean, contemporary look.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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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.