Conventional wisdom teaches us that kids and pristine white décor are mutually exclusive. But conventional wisdom could be wrong. In some respects, white is a very practical choice for a nursery, helping parents create a space that will grow with their child.
Fresh and contemporary, white spaces are clean, bright and easy to update. Add a dramatic accent color or change out your accessories, and you have a completely new look. Simple white décor also helps nurseries to look less cluttered, covering a magnitude of post-playtime sins.
As for those grimy little noses and sticky, Crayola-wielding hands, a little bleach and a Magic Eraser go a long way in an all-white space.
Ready to throw conventional wisdom out the window? These wonderfully white nurseries did just that—with devastatingly stylish effect.
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With its minimalist approach, clean white walls, and modern light fixtures, this sophisticated nursery boasts a swanky, uptown art gallery vibe. The piece de resistance? A statement-making, mural-sized watercolor offering a refreshing burst of shocking pink.Continue to 2 of 19 below.
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This soft-white baby room couldn’t be more glam! Rich and luxurious textures abound, and sophisticated accents, such as the mirrored dresser and crystal chandelier, help create a room fit for royalty. Far from being harsh or stark, muted white tones create a warm, inviting atmosphere that’s as soothing as it is beautiful.Continue to 3 of 19 below.
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This lovely, light-filled nursery room has a sweet rustic charm. Whitewashed wood replaces traditional dark-wood paneling, offering a clean, bright backdrop for a host of colorful playthings. Pastel accents give a traditionally masculine style feminine appeal.Continue to 4 of 19 below.
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Small and Bright
Working with a small nursery space? Sticking to an all-white palette can make your tiny nursery feel bigger and brighter.
Color absorbs light, but fresh white walls reflect it, creating a bright and airy effect. By keeping the walls and accessories monochromatic, you’ll diminish visual breaks, which can also make a small space seem much larger.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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All-white rooms require a subtle complexity. In the absence of color, texture often takes on a staring role, adding character and keeping the room from looking flat.
This soft white nursery incorporates layer upon layer of rich and varied texture. A luxurious fur enhances a tight Berber weave, and delicate feather wall accents stand in stark contrast to shiny metallic-gold accessories. A modest wicker basket sits next to a velvet-trimmed crib, and layers of mixed and matched bedding add softness.Continue to 6 of 19 below.
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An assortment of neutral grey, greige and brown accents adds warmth to this chic, white nursery space, creating a rich and visually interesting design.Continue to 7 of 19 below.
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Instead of sticking to a single tone, this monochromatic nursery adds a little pop to its soft white palette by introducing stark white accents.Continue to 8 of 19 below.
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A Pop of Pink
A peachy pink ceiling brings a touch of color to this all-white nursery, softening the look and giving the space a warm glow.
Want to give baby something calming to contemplate from his crib? Paint your ceiling with one of these 7 soothing shades.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Rich Wood Accents
Dark wooden accents add definition to this all-white nursery, grounding the space and creating contrast. A touch of gold gives the room added warmth and richness.Continue to 10 of 19 below.
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Bold coral accents pop of the white walls in this bright and cheery girl’s room, creating plenty of visual drama. A dusting of gold adds the perfect touch of glam for a look that’s all girl.Continue to 11 of 19 below.
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What this sweet little boy’s room lacks in color, it more than makes up for in personality! With its clean white walls, graphic details, and playful accessories, this Nordic delight is fresh, modern and totally kid-friendly.Continue to 12 of 19 below.
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Want to incorporate a nursery theme without going overboard? It doesn’t take much to make a statement.
This simple, star-covered nursery room brings a sweet, understated space theme to life without compromising its clean, contemporary look.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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All Dressed Up
What’s the secret to effortless style? It’s all in the details!
A bright and simple space provides the perfect backdrop on which to showcase colorful accents and unique accessories, allowing you to create a chic, eclectic space with plenty of personality to spare!Continue to 14 of 19 below.
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Contemporary "Pink and White"
Black accents and accessories give a white room substance, creating contrast and providing the eye with a much-needed place to rest.
This black and white beauty tempers a bold look with soft pink accents, adding a sweet, feminine touch.Continue to 15 of 19 below.
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This chic and simple nursery proves that a good accent rug can make your space.
Rugs pack a mighty design punch, offering a dramatic burst of color, pattern, and texture. This shaggy beauty is no exception, making a bold statement is a simple black and white space.Continue to 16 of 19 below.
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Think bohemian décor is dark and dreary? Think again!
The new Boho chic takes a light and airy approach, embracing neutral palettes and open spaces. Clean white walls and natural wood floors create a bright, gender-neutral space while rich textiles and eclectic accessories give a respectful nod to Bohemian traditions.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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A rainbow of colorful accessories brings life and energy to this clean white space. Best of all, the look is easy to update, allowing you to incorporate elements of your little one’s personal style as they grow.Continue to 18 of 19 below.
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This bright and modern nursery design takes the less-is-more approach, allowing the room’s striking architectural features, such as the wall-to-wall windows and dramatic concrete-bricked accent wall, to steal the show.Continue to 19 of 19 below.
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Dreaming of a wonderfully white nursery of your own? Learn how to do white the right way with these helpful tips. Looking for something even less conventional? Consider these 18 beautiful reasons to paint your nursery walls black.