12 Colorful Gender-Neutral Nursery Palettes

Stylish scandinavian newborn baby room with toys, teddy bear, cotton lamps and star
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Whether you’re expecting a delivery room surprise or hoping to create a versatile space for babies yet to come, a flexible color scheme is a must. That said, choosing a gender-neutral palette can be a tricky proposition, especially for those of us with a love of color.  

Neutrals not your thing? Don't worry. “Gender neutral” and “bold and colorful” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Try making a dramatic statement with bold accents set against a neutral background, or go full Technicolor with a bright, gender-neutral paring. You can even add drama to a neutral space with a moody, muted hue like dark green or navy.

Need a little inspiration? We've got you covered! Be ready for whatever the stork may bring with these sensible yet swoon-worthy color ideas for gender-neutral nurseries.

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    Black, White and Bold

    Modern graphic black and white nursery with colorful pops of Kelly Green
    Nothing Down About It

    Offering plenty of visual stimulation without need of color, black and white nurseries are an excellent choice for a gender-neutral space. Want to add a little more drama? Try introducing a single, gender-neutral accent hue such as green or yellow.

    This stunning, Nordic-inspired space, featured on Nothing Down About It, boats an eye-catching mix of graphic and geometric pattern, punctuated by bold Kelly Green accents. 

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    Teal Power

    Simple, gender-neutral nursery with teal accent wall
    Style Me Pretty

    Craving some color? Combing bold energy with the calming powers of blue, teal is a gender-neutral wonder hue!

    In this soothing nursery space from Style Me Pretty, a splash of bright and cheery teal set against light neutrals and natural textures is more than enough to quench a color-thirst without overpowering the space.

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    Earthy Orange

    Gender-neutral room with earthy terracotta orange color palette.
    My Breezy Room

    A rich and earthy terracotta orange anchors this bright, gender-neutral space featured on My Breezy Room, pairing nicely with natural wood accents and clean white furnishings to create a desert-inspired Boho look.

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    Mint and Navy

    Navy and Mint Green
    Apartment Therapy.

    Think pastels are just for girls? Think again! This shared nursery space from Lay Baby Lay pairs a fresh, minty green with rich navy accents, striking a perfect gender-neutral balance.

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    Aqua and Yellow

    Aqua and Yellow
    Megan Carty

    Looking for a fresh take on a gender-neutral favorite? This bright and modern nursery, spotted on Me and Wee, pairs bold, citrus-yellow accents with a cool and calming shade of aqua, creating a balanced look that’s sunny without being overly bright.

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    Grey, Aqua, and Coral

    Gray, Aqua, and Coral nursery
    Teresa/Project Nursery

    Bold coral and fresh aqua pack a one-two punch in this gorgeous baby room featured on Project Nursery. The energetic color combo, brought to life by a dramatic patterned accent wall, pairs beautifully with the room’s neutral grey walls, creating a cheery palette with gender-neutral appeal. 

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    Red, White, and Blue

    Red and Turquoise nursery
    M is for Mama

    Paired with clean white furniture and set against bold red accents, this frosty aqua nursery, featured on M is for Mama, offers a stylish, gender-neutral take on the traditional blue and red boy's room.

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    Gold and Grey

    Neutral nursery with bold, mustard yellow accents.
    Jillian Harris

    This beautiful gender-neutral nursery by Jillian Harris punctuates an all-white space with subtle silver-grey dotted wallpaper and rich mustard-gold accessories, giving the room a modern, sophisticated feel. 

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    Neutral Navy

    Neutral nursery with muted navy accent wall.
    LexiGraceDesigns/Instagram

    A bold accent wall in a neutral, grey-washed navy adds weight to this simple gender-neutral nursery spotted on Instagram, anchoring focus through colorful contrast.

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    Soothing Sage

    Boho nursery in a neutral sage green
    DIY in PDX

    Searching for a soothing hue? Try a pale moss or a muted sage. Rich and versatile, these soft greens go with everything, offering a more colorful alternative to grey or greige.

    Calming sage walls and rich greenery give this sun-drenched gender-neutral nursery space from DIY in PDX an earthy, Boho vibe.

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    Hunter Green

    Boho nursery with dark green accent wall
    Always Facing West/ Instagram

    A deep shade of green makes a colorful statement in this simple, Boho-inspired nursery seen on Instagram. The hand-woven Aztec rug offers the perfect counterweight, balancing the bold accent wall with its dramatic black and white pattern.

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    Rainbow Bright:

    Colorful, South African-Themed Twin Nursery
    Style Me Pretty

    Bright, primary-colored accessories set against a crisp white backdrop offer another refreshing, color-drenched alternative to the all-neutral nursery, resulting in a space that's perfect for either gender and easy to update as your little one matures.

    Inspired by a dreamy South African babymoon, this bold and colorful twin nursery­ from Style Me Pretty introduces a rainbow of stunning color without using so much as a drop of paint.