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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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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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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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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Black and Beige
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 vibe without sacrificing its modern, neutral appeal.
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Silver and Gold
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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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.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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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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A muted shade of hunter green adds drama in this rich neutral nursery space by BrePurposed.
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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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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!Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Tan and Taupe
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
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.