Chic Baby Nurseries: From Neutral to Colorful – Be Inspired!


This week I am zoning in on a room that many moms ask me about all the time- the baby nursery!

I absolutely adore designing baby nurseries. Some designers feel the nursery is a place for ONLY calm neutral tones and colors but I disagree! I love love love bright colors and fun textures and patterns as long as it is done with a refined hand and softer touch than you would design for a kids room.

If you look at the following pictures you will notice that the designers who designed each nursery used bright colors on one area but used more toned down neutral colors on the rest of the room. For example, if you were to paint a bright color on the walls, I would urge you to upholster the glider chair in a neutral fabric and for your furniture to be painted/finished in a neutral color as well. This applies vice versa, if you were to use a hot pink crib, I would strongly recommend you to paint the walls a soft cream or light pink and use neutral furniture everywhere else and apply pops of bright colors in small areas.

Another tip I love to tell my friends and clients alike is that no longer do nurseries need to be decorated in either pink for girls or blue for boys. Get out of the box! Why not come up with a fabulously stylish color scheme for your little tot? Think aqua and lemon… Purple and green… cerulean blue and chocolate brown…watermelon pink and navy blue…The color combos are simply endless. Or feel free to go monotone- just use a color besides the typical blue or pink!

Here are some of my favorite nursery pictures that I admire from some fab designers- I often look back at these and use them for inspiration when designing…

The bright citron walls are downplayed with the neutral glider and furniture. Small pops of bright colored accessories and draperies work beautifully in this nursery. (Love the mixture of framed and unframed artwork)


The color palette in this nursery is just yummy. Turquoise walls, light oak wood floors, simple IKEA shelving unit with a lemon colored glider placed beside it. The modern dresser and crib looks great in this room.


Boy’s nursery designed by Guy Barbarulo, The wall is horizontally striped with slate gray and orange. A crystal chandelier juxtaposes the modern crib and brown glider and ottoman.


Chic, modern green nursery design with large white woven pendant fixture, beige grasscloth wallpaper, navy blue drapes, modern white & chocolate brown crib, lime green modern rocking chair, white & green zebra rug and overscale pear wall art. This nursery that Lee Kleinhelter designed is so chic and feels sophisticated however it totally rocks as a nursery! clip_image007

Certain aspects of this nursery I like and certain I totally dislike! Here it is: Love the crib and the artwork. Dislike the rug size, it needs to be bigger, dislike the curtains on the flimsy pole. That ceiling fan needs to go as well. With a few adjustments, this nursery can be beautiful.


Thanks to avalisa.com for the picture of this nursery. The Eames turquoise blue rocking chair, blue and brown circles rug, blue and brown art, table and white modern chest are so fun together.


Bright, sunny nursery with white crib, vertically striped white and butter yellow walls, beige, low back sofa with white piping, custom roman shade & cornice box and oval cocktail table.


Adorable nursery design with blue green walls paint color, birdcage memory board, white & black zigzag chevron rug, brown slip-covered glider and orange & red striped pillows. Love the wall color with the pops of coral/salmon on the pillows and accessories (can so easily be swapped out and replaced for a more boyish color if you needed it to be unisex).


Via elementsofstyleblog.com Gorgeous boy’s nursery design with gray walls paint color, Madeline Weinrib Indigo Brooke Rug, black crib, white bookcases and abstract painting. Why not flank your crib with bookcases? Such a terrific look.


Shabby-chic nursery design with light gray walls paint color, beadboard, white vintage crib, white vintage chest, vintage mirrored armoire, white chaise lounge, gold ornate mirror, blue pom poms and espresso stained wood floors. The contrast of the dark floor against the white furniture creates definition in the space.


Designer Alex Hayden had fun with this eclectic green and blue boy’s nursery design. Apple green walls paint color, modern white crib & changing table, green French chair, green curtains, turquoise blue lattice garden stool and blue green black dots rug.


Jeffers Design Group created this simply adorable girls nursery design. Gray walls, white modern crib, Jonathan Adler pink zebra rug, white & gray round zigzag chevron ottoman, taupe gray glider with ottoman, drum pendant, built-in window seat, white & gray moorish tiles curtains with cornice board valance, pom poms, pink yellow gray pillows and wood bookshelf. I would never want to leave this nursery!!!

Sigh Sigh…Ahh… I think I am in nursery design dream land…Just remember that with a few designer tips and a not so boring color scheme your dream nursery for you little one is not so far away!

Hope you all enjoyed, KS fans! Wishing you and your family a Happy Chanukah! Lots of design love wishes from my chic casa to yours!

Interiors by Marissa, LLC

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Marissa of Interiors by Marissa, LLC is an alumnus of the prestigious New York School of Interior Design. Marissa designs traditional and contemporary designs which reflect the clients’ personality and lifestyle. She works hand in hand with her clients- through space planning, color theory, and furniture and fabric selections, etc. Marissa’s designs always add whimsy and eclecticism into her comfortable, beautiful rooms. She believes that a successful home has a mix of depth and history from the past yet a keen eye for comfort and quality. One of Marissa’s other passions, besides actually designing all aspects of the home, is writing about home design and lifestyle. She currently loves spending time reading up on good design tips and scouring through home décor books and magazines and pulling out great ideas and adding her own spin onto well known home design ideas. To get in touch with Interiors by Marissa, LLC or to ask any lifestyle/home design questions or comments please email Marissa at interiorsbymarissallc@gmail.com

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  1. Marlene says:

    Can you tell me where you can purchase the wood tree bookshelf in the last picture. The nursery designed by the Jeffers Design Group.


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