Nursery Paint Color Ideas

Congratulations! There’s about to be a new baby in your life, and whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or just a close friend – this is very exciting. There are so many things to do to prepare for this little bundle of joy to enter your life. You will need to buy clothing and bottles, start thinking about ways to make your home safer, and most importantly, you will need to create a special space for that child to live, grow, and learn.

Your nursery should reflect the love you have for this new child and how you want them to experience the world. How do you start this process? By picking the best possible paint color for the nursery.

Selecting the Best Paint Colors for Your Nursery

According to child development experts, children don’t see color until about three months. Therefore, you may notice that infants are attracted to black and white toys, blankets, or pictures. After three months, children start to see color and are very attracted to primary colors like red, green, yellow, and blue.

Don’t worry. This does not mean you need to choose a bold nursery paint color like fire engine red. This is information you can use to make decisions like accent colors, toys, crib sheets, and wall art. For example, if you are dreaming of a pastel blue nursery you can add accents of royal blue, turquoise, or cerulean to capture your baby’s attention. There are no wrong choices. All that matters is that you provide a safe, loving environment for your child to learn and grow.

If you feel overwhelmed by the various nursery paint color ideas, or maybe you just want an expert’s opinion, we have compiled some of the best color choices for you to review. Whether you are a traditional household, or you want something a little more modern, there’s something for everyone.

Traditional Colors

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Do you know if you will be bringing home a little boy or a little girl? If so, you can choose a traditional, or gendered, color. It may feel a bit old-fashioned to paint a room pink for a girl and blue for a boy, but many people feel that creating a space that speaks to the specific child they are bringing home helps them mentally and emotionally prepare for the journey they are about to embark on.

If you like the idea of traditional nursery paint colors but don’t want an entire room of pink or blue, you can always just use them as accent colors. Try an accent wall of pink or blue. You could also install a chair rail and paint pink/blue and white vertical stripes beneath. You have a lot of options, don’t be afraid to get creative – because when it comes to paint colors you have the freedom to be anything but traditional.

Neutral Colors

neutral paint colors in nursery

It’s very trendy to have neutral paint colors for a nursery. Look in any parenting magazine and you will likely see a Hollywood A-lister boasting about a feather grey or a sea glass green nursery. Choosing softer grays, whites, or tans can help to create an inviting space that is cohesive with the rest of your home.

Here are some trendy options:

  • Sandcastle
  • Feather Grey
  • Sheepskin Rug
  • Eggshell
  • Coconut Milk
  • Toasted Almond
  • Sunset Beige

Choosing a neutral color will also allow you to create a gender-neutral space for your growing child. This is a popular choice for parents who do not wish to know the gender of their child prior to birth.

Here are some options:

  • Warm Sunshine
  • Pineapple Delight
  • Chiffon
  • Wildflower Honey
  • Ocean View
  • Seashore Dream
  • Honeydew
  • Mint

Warm Colors

Warm colors are commonly associated with a feeling of love, coziness, and comfort – things you likely want your baby to feel. Selecting a warm, deeper color for the nursery will also allow you to play with lighter accent pieces and furniture such as a crib and changing table made of cedar, pine, or birch. You can also use a warm color to center the room by creating an accent wall.

Here are some options:

  • Ruby
  • Deep Rose
  • Salted Caramel
  • Raspberry Truffle
  • Peony
  • Navy
  • Starry Night
  • Hunter Green
  • Olive
  • Pacific Pine


Pastels are used in spring because they are associated with new life, rebirth, and new beginnings – all things appropriate for a family with a new baby. Pastels give you the ability to create a soft space with pops of color. You can select a light pink for the walls and use pops of fuchsia, magenta, or violet around the room. Using pastels can also help you brighten up a dark room or make a small room appear bigger.

Here are some options:

  • Sky Blue
  • Frosted Glass
  • Blue Mist
  • Pale Purple
  • Violet
  • Lilac
  • Ballerina Pink
  • Powder Blush
  • Baby Blush
  • Sunshine Yellow


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If you don’t want to dictate the feel of a room with just color, how about a theme? A sailor or beach theme with different tones of blue would be adorable. It’s possible that you can just feel that your little one will be a dancer, if so you can use tones of pastel pink with magenta accents to create a ballerina’s room. You may want your child to know that they are the sunshine of your life. You can always combine variations of yellow to let them know they are the bright spot in your day. Plan to read “Guess How Much I Love You” to your child every night? Use a combination of cotton white, pale green, and light blue to set the scene.

Create a Space You Love

Your baby will be the center of your world, and you will be spending a lot of time in the nursery – so make it a space you enjoy. If you would like an expert’s opinion or to schedule a color consultation, or free estimate simply contact CertaPro Painters® of Mountainside.