Sweet and soothing, pastels have long been the go-to color palette for nurseries. Still, picking the right shade can be more difficult than you think. Opt for color with too much pigment, and your little one’s room may look like a candy-colored explosion. Choose a hue with too little pigment, and you might have a washout on your hands.
Need help picking a no-fail shade for your nursery? We’ve got you covered. Each of these professionally chosen pastel paint colors strikes the perfect balance, creating a winning combination of sweet and chic that is practically guaranteed to take your little one from crib to college.
Here are our picks for pastel nursery colors.
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A subtle shade of rosy blush, Sherwin-Williams’ Intimate White brings a touch of sophistication to the traditional pink nursery, creating a classically feminine look without being overly girly.
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Often overlooked, peach is one of the most flattering and versatile shades in the pastel family. Looking for a nursery color that gives you the sweet and fuzzies? Try Almond Kiss by Behr. This pretty hue never fails to create a cozy space, especially when paired with sherbet-inspired accents and clean white furnishings.
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Even in its softest shades, coral brings life and vitality to any space. Faint Coral by Sherwin-Williams is no exception. This beautiful, understated hue combines the femininity of pink with the refreshing vitality of orange, tempering its innate energy with soft and muted overtones that sooth and cheer rather than overstimulate.
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A soft periwinkle blue, Wishful Blue by Sherwin Williams is a delicate, soothing color infused with subtle hints of lavender and gray. Pink-based accents, such as coral, tease out these purple tones, creating a sweet and girlish palette. Prefer a more neutral effect? Pair with navy, gray, or even a soft sage green.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Create sunny days with Morning Sky by Benjamin Moore. This fresh and gender-neutral aqua pairs beautifully with bright, citrusy shades of orange and yellow, creating a relaxing yet cheery space for your little one.
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Purple is a beautiful, yet somewhat mercurial color. In the right shade, it’s soothing. Get the balance off and your nursery could end up looking gloomy. New Age by Benjamin Moore is the perfect solution. This light and airy shade of lilac keeps things cheerful with a healthy infusion of pink, warming the space and keeping stormy tones at bay.
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Craving a little more color? Rose Power from The Spruce Best Home collection boasts a tad more pigment than the average pastel, but the shade’s overtones keep it fairly cool and understated, especially when paired with creamy white accents.
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Think pastels are just for girls? Think again. Mint green looks lovely with almost any color, making it one of the most versatile hues on the pastel spectrum. Pair with yellow or silver-gray for a gender-neutral space, or take a more masculine approach with a rich navy or bold orange. For a traditional “girly” look, introduce a soft coral or blush, or throw traditional out the window and go bold with hot pink. The options are practically endless!
Looking for that perfect shade of minty magic? Pick up a can of Valspar’s Mint Spritzer. This soft hue offers a beautiful balance of blue and sage-inspired green, making it a winner every time.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Pastel yellow is a lovely color for a nursery, but too much of this sunny pigment can leave you pining for a cooler shade.
Need help picking the perfect sun-kissed hue? Set those yellow paint chips aside and opt instead for a soft, butter-colored ivory such as Benjamin Moore’s Crisp Linen. Set against clean white accents, this subtle shade beams with creamy yellow tones, creating a warm and cheery effect that won’t overpower your kiddo’s space.
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When it comes to pastels, a little goes a long way. What may seem like a pale shade on a paint chip will likely have a very different effect en masse. This is especially true of purple, which tends to take on a life of its own once let loose on your walls.
Need a safe bet? Opt for Hint of Violet by Behr. This muted shade may not look like the purple of your nursery dreams on a sample card, but give it a chance and you’ll soon find yourself falling head-over-heels for its subtle purply goodness.