15 Neutral Nursery Palette Ideas for the Color Averse

Nursery room with white painted brick walls and neutral-colored furniture

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Whether you’re saving the surprise of your little one’s gender for his or her big debut, designing a gender-neutral space to be shared by siblings, or simply looking for something more sophisticated than a cutesy pink or blue treatment, a neutral nursery might be just what you’re looking for.

Far from boring, a neutral color palette can provide a beautiful backdrop for a rich and complex space, allowing more subtle design elements, such as pattern and texture, to edge out color and take center stage. But neutral colors don’t always have to fade into the background.

When we think of neutrals, we tend to think in terms of white, gray, and beige, but neutrals can have a darker, more dramatic side. Muted gray tones, dark colors like navy and hunter green, can also be surprisingly neutral, creating definition while remaining fairly understated. 

Wondering what look is right for your space? Find the nursery neutral of your dreams with these inspiring nursery palette ideas. 

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    Coastal Gray

    Neutral coastal-themed nursery in charcoal and light gray
    Table and Hearth

    A stormy shade of slate, paired with a clean and neutral gray, provides contrast and definition in this otherwise bright and breezy, coastal-themed nursery space by Table and Hearth.

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    Neutral white on white nursery with cozy textures
    Kelly Nan Designs

    This simple yet stunning space by Kelly Nan Designs layers soft shades of creamy ivory over clean white wood paneled walls.  Natural textural elements and glam gold accents dress the space, creating a rich multi-dimensional design without need of color or pattern.

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    Sage Beauty

    Boho nursery in a neutral sage green
    DIY in PDX

    Ah green, the forgotten neutral. Soothing and versatile, green goes with just about anything.

    This sweet nursery space, featured on DIY in PDX, boasts a beautiful, barely-there shade of sage. The grayish, silvery blue undertones give the room a bright, clean feel. Pair with soft pastels, or choose a bolder accent hue like navy or coral.

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    Natural Tones and Textures

    Neutral nursery space with boho charm

    AlexandraForester / Instagram

    A bevy of richly textured elements bring a touch of boho design to this chic, neutral mid-century modern-inspired nursery spotted on Instagram

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    Black, White, and Boho Inspired

    Black, white, and boho nursery with dramatic wall hanging focal piece

    ChanteFox / Instagram

    Visual contrast is the name of the game in this charming black and white boho inspired nursery from Instagram.

    Layered textures and a delicate interplay of solid and patterned elements create a neutral yet visually stimulating space without introducing color.

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    Black and Beige

    Neutral nursery in black and beige

    Tealrybchuck / Instagram

    Craving a little more drama? Why not turn the popular neutral “black on white” nursery palette on its head, opting for a “white on black” look instead?

    With its striking black accent wall and soft beige and white accents, this rich and moody nursery, spotted on Instagram, boasts a rich bohemian design without sacrificing its modern, neutral appeal.

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    Silver and Gold

    Neutral nursery with gray wall, gold accents, and natural woods.

    Prunella_Poppy / Instagram

    Shimmering silver gray walls paired with clean white trim and antique gold accents give this sweet neutral nursery from Instagram a touch of vintage glam.

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    Vintage glam girl nursery in neutral greige
    Décor Chick

    Greige combines the elegance of gray with the earthiness of brown, creating a rich, organic super-neutral that looks beautiful with anything.

    In this lovely greige and white girl’s room spotted on Décor Chick, rich brown undertones are beautifully paired with the room’s soft, feminine pink and gold accents. 

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    Neutral Navy

    Neutral nursery in deep, muted navy
    Reflect Interiors

    In this beautiful neutral nursery by Reflect Interiors, a subtle, gray-washed shade of navy acts as a high-contrast neutral, allowing the room’s white accents to pop.

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    Muted Tones

    Vintage boho nursery with dark green accent wall

    A muted shade of hunter green adds drama in this rich neutral nursery space by BrePurposed.

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    Pattern Love

    Black and white boho nursery with patterned accent wall
    Project Nursery

    A black and white patterned accent wall anchors this bright and neutral nursery space featured on Project Nursery. Black glossy window trim adds an unexpected dimension to the space, popping against the room’s all white walls and richly textured accessories.

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    Chocolatey Goodness

    Vintage, pink, and gold room for twins

    Emilee Stucky / Instagram

    A rich and milky brown pairs beautifully with candy-colored pastels, creating a cozy nursery space that will tickle your sweet tooth.

    Spied on Instagram, this adorably vintage, creamy brown twin room introduces pink and rose gold accents for a look that’s all-girl!

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    Tan and Taupe

    Contemporary nursery with rustic wood-print ceiling
    Design Dump

    This neutral nursery room, featured on Design Dump, blends earthy shades of taupe and tan with industrial fixtures and rich leather and fur accessories, creating a distinctly masculine space that’s warm and inviting.

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    Soft and Soothing

    Neutral gray and white nursery with soft textural details

    ClaraLoo Creations / Instagram

    Creamy white furniture and soft-textured accessories set against clean gray walls create a soothing atmosphere punctuated by rustic brown woods in this darling nursery space from Instagram.

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    Magic Carpet

    Neutral nursery with woven accent carpet
    Styled Snapshots

    A single defining feature is sometimes all it takes to bring a simple space to life.

    A patterned gray-and-white knit rug creates a dramatic focal point in this soft and neutral, all-white space featured on Styled Snapshots.