Modern Colors for the Modern Nursery


Few of life’s joys compare to the thrill of preparing for a new baby. A central part is deciding how to decorate your new baby’s nursery. Fortunately, nursery design is no longer constrained by traditional colors of blue for boys and pink for girls. You can also choose from a wonderful array of modern colors, from purple and green, to orange and grey to make the nursery of your dreams.

Purple. To give your nursery a stylish and luxurious feel add deep purple.  Purple is a modern, gender neutral color that is gaining in popularity because it draws in the eye and infants seem to love it, too. You can also use pastels like lavender and lilac, which brings serenity to the nursery.

Blue. While blue is a soothing and traditional color, but modern design applications make it feel new.  For a masculine, modern take on blue ry navy or tone-on-tone to create an appealing and elegant space. Avoid blue-grey, however, it can make people and babies feel a little blue.

Red. You might hear that red is a horrible color for nurseries because it can energize people and your baby will never sleep. It is a busy color, and certainly is linked to aggression – and hunger – in children. But when used for an accent color it adds a fun energy into the nursery decor. Try one wall of red and white stripes, or a bright red rug, to add a nice pop of modern color.

Yellow. Yellow is cheerful and bright and can add warmth to your nursery. Soft yellow promotes concentration in children, and evokes a lively and energetic feel. Darker, golden yellow is best toned down with a neutral color, while bright yellow is also best used as an accent color as it can upset little children.

Orange. This modern, accent color is a cozy addition to any nursery. After blue and purple, it is a popular choice for the nursery because it can inspire social interaction. If you want to create a warm and intimate space, consider a splash of orange.

Green. Some believe that children don’t like green very much, while others believe that green promotes well-being and helps with learning by improving concentration, which makes it the perfect modern color. Light green walls, mixed with soft brown, for example, can create a gorgeous, gender neutral nursery.

Pink. Give this serene and calming color a modern take in your nursery by avoiding an all-pink design. The trend now is to use pink as an accent color or as a soft background. Like blue, it can be gender neutral when used as an accent color.  For a super modern look, go with pink and black.

Gray. This contemplative color is more common with parents because of its versatility – gray can go with any other color. It can be tricky, though: if too light it can wash out a room; too dark and the room can feel sad.

Black or White. These colors might not be your first choice but each can help to create a modern look. Black is a powerful accent color and when mixed with softer colors you can create a stunning yet relaxing nursery. Use black sparingly if the nursery does not have a lot of natural light. Avoid all white nurseries, a more modern take is to add in color since babies  need stimulation. White promotes a calm and breezy environment.