Best Colors to Paint a Nursery

So there’s about to be a new baby in your life, congratulations! Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or just a close friend – this is very exciting. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed. There are so many things to do to prepare for this little bundle of joy to enter your life. Why don’t you take a moment to focus on something fun: creating a special space for your 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 a paint color.

Selecting the Best Nursery Paint Colors

Do you have a few colors that you think would like great in a nursery? Or maybe you feel completely out of your element and in need of guidance. Before you select a color, you may want to know that according to child development experts, children don’t see color until about three months. After three months, children start to see color and are very attracted to primary colors like red, green, yellow, and blue.

This does not mean you need to give up your dream of a pastel pink or powder blue nursery. It is just information you can use to make decisions like accent colors, crib sheets, toys, rugs, and pictures. There are no wrong choices. All that matters is that you provide a loving, safe environment for your child to grow and learn.

We have compiled some of the best nursery paint colors 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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Boy or girl? Doesn’t matter as long as your baby is healthy and happy. That is unless you want to prepare by painting your nursery a traditional, gender-specific color. Then it does matter. 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. It’s also a nostalgic nod to the past. It’s a classic choice that many people still make for their nursery.

Looking for a twist on the classic pink or blue nursery? Try an accent wall, or paints stripes or make use of a chair rail with color separation. Let your imagination run wild, while also incorporating a traditional look.

Warm Colors

Selecting a warm, rich paint color for the nursery will invoke feelings of love, coziness, and immediate comfort. It will also allow you to play with lighter accent pieces and furniture such as a crib and changing table made of pine, cedar, or birch.

Here are some great options for warm colors:

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

You can also use a warm color to center the room by creating an accent wall. Large rooms can make furniture feel lost or small in comparison. A warm color and an area rug can quickly solve this problem.


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Want a room that embodies the feelings of new life and new beginnings? Try pastels. You can use pastels as the dominant color, or as accent colors throughout the room. If you want to use multiple colors, pastels are very complimentary and work well within a bigger space. You can select a light blue for the walls and use pops of turquoise, navy, or cerulean around the room.

Here are some options:

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

Using pastels can also help you brighten up a dark room or make a small room appear bigger.

Neutral Colors

Turn on your TV, flip through a magazine, or look at any of your friends’ new nursery pictures on social media. You’ll likely see a trend of neutral nursery paint colors like feather grey or sea glass green. It’s very “in” to have neutral colors for a nursery. The thought is that the nursery is an extension of the home instead of its own separate space. Choosing softer tans, greys, or whites can help to create an inviting space that is cohesive with the rest of your home.

Here are some trendy options:

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

Neutral colors also allow you to create a gender-neutral space for your growing child.

Here are additional inviting options:

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

This is a popular choice for parents who do not wish to know the gender of their child prior to birth.


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Your nursery is a blank canvas. You can create anything you want, and many people choose to incorporate a theme. This allows them to bring life to the space, use a variety of colors, and express their creativity.

Here are some common nursery themes and their associated colors:

  • The Beach: blues and greens
  • Ballerinas: pinks and purples
  • Bunnies: white, grey, tan, and green
  • Sunshine: yellows and neutrals

Themes also have the added bonus of giving your growing baby something to stimulate their brain. A neutral room with a wallpaper boarder of red firetrucks would grab their attention, or maybe a wallpaper board o brightly colored zoo animals. The choice is yours, have fun with it.

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 opinion or to schedule a color consultation, contact CertaPro Painters® of South Oklahoma City. We’re here to help.