Choosing A Colour Scheme For Your Nursery

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By Luciana Oliveira

A nursery is a special place for a baby to sleep, play and grow. It should be a haven of peace and calm, where parents can rest assured their little one is safe and happy.

But with so many design choices to make, creating the perfect nursery can be overwhelming.

To help you choose your perfect colour scheme for a nursery we have put together on what to consider based on the gender along with a few a couple of colour palletes that can help inspire. 

Nursery Colour Schemes for a Boy

There are many options for a nursery colour scheme for a boy. Blue will be the first one that likely comes to your mind, however, green, orange, or even neutral schemes can also work really well. 


If you have a little boy on the way and you blue is the most likely colour which is coming to your mind.

There are many shades and hues of blue though and a near limitless number of ways you can put it together with other colours. 

One way that blue can work well in a nursery is by using complimentary shades of blue together to create a relaxing and serene atmosphere. 

Bolder blues can also still work well in your nursery as a feature wall with the other walls painted in more neutral tones such as white, grey, or cream colours. 

Done well this can create a real contemporary vibe.


If you’re looking for the perfect color palette for your baby boy’s nursery, consider using green.

This tranquil hue can create a serene environment for your little one to sleep and play in.

Its a very popular alternative to the typical blue that is associated with boys rooms. And with a bit of effort it can look pretty stunning when finished. 

There are many different shades of green to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that you love.

For a softer look, try a pale green like mint or pistachio. If you want something a little more bold, go for a vibrant shade such as lime.

Colour Schemes for a Girl

When it comes to choosing a colour scheme for a girls nursery, there are endless possibilities.

But with so many options, it can be tough to decide which colours will work best in the space. 

Pink is often a go-to colour for a girls nursery but you could also opt for a wide variety of other colours such as purple or yellow as your base or accented colour. 


When it comes to choosing a color scheme for a girl’s nursery, pink is always a popular choice.

Pink is associated with femininity, delicacy, and sweetness, making it the perfect color for a baby girl’s room.

There are many ways you can use pink in a nursery. My personal favourite is softer, more delicate tones as these project a relaxing and comforting vibe that is ideal for a nursery.

Those we are a bit bolder though do always have more bright and playful options available too. 


Yellow is a happy color that instantly brightens any room. Just like the other colours we have talked about in this article there are many ways to add a bit of yellow to your nursery. Lighter shades will work best in a girls nursery. 

When selecting yellow for your nursery, you could also consider pairing it with gray or white for a classic look, or with pink or green for something more playful.

Your imagination is the only real limitation when it comes to your nursery. 

Neutral Colour Schemes

Many parents opt for neutral colours such as white or grey. This is because these colours can be easily changed if you want to switch up the look of the room down the line with one of the boy or girl colours. 

The other benefit of a neutral colour scheme is that it can provide a calming atmosphere that can be beneficial for the baby.

If you’re stuck on what colours to choose, starting with a neutral base is always a good idea.

If you like the idea of neutral colour schemes we also have a resource on unisex themes for a nursery

Or you could pick a theme like a moon and star baby nursery

What Else Should I Consider?

Now you have a good idea of the colour options you have for a nursery your pretty much ready to pick your colour scheme, but there are a few points you should consider before you are off buying the paint. 

Choose a Colour Scheme that can Change

Opting for a mostly neutral nursery with splashes of colour with an accented wall or more vibrant furniture is a great way to have a little more freedom when decorating the nursery. You could even choose to add a mural on a wall, another great way to use the above colours.

Low VOC Paints

The type of paint you choose will also make a big difference, one key factor to consider is the level of VOCs the paint has. This is particularly important if you have small children in your home already or are still pregnant and trying to get the room ready ahead of time. 

High VOC paints release harmful compounds into the air as it dries that can damage your health. Too much exposure to this type of paint can lead to respiratory problems, headaches, and dizziness. Definitely something you will want to avoid. 

Luckily many premium paint brands such as Tikkurila, Farrow and Ball, and Little Greene offer low VOC paints in thousands of colours that can help you create a beautiful space with no fears of toxic paints. 

Ready to Pick your Colour Scheme?

There are so many adorable colors to choose from, but you want to make sure the colors you select create a warm and inviting space for your little one.

Hopefully this article has provided a lot of inspiration for your nursery colour scheme and helped you know which colour will work in with your current decor.  Try to also consider the amount of natural light your room has steer clear of high VOC paints. 

With these factors in mind, you will be able to narrow down your color choices and create a beautiful and cohesive space for your little one.
If you are feeling even more adventurous why not bring a bit more visual interest into your room themed spaces like moon and stars?

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Luciana joined our team as a mum blogger in 2020. A dedicated mum to a lively daughter and a dog, Luna, Luciana brings authenticity and passion to every post. Her expertise in parenting and lifestyle topics offers practical, relatable advice for real-life situations.

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