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Creating A Neutral Nursery


Decorating your baby's nursery can be an exciting time for any parent. Many decide to start doing this after the twenty week scan when they also find out the gender. So many questions start running through your head with "What colour shall we choose?" being one of the most commonly discussed. Many parents like to go for the gender specific colours and will either choose pink or blue, however neutral colours are becoming increasingly popular amongst many expecting parents.  

We wanted to create a neutral nursery  for Amelia, and opted for a lilac and white colour combination so that I could include a shabby chic theme. Lilacs calm and soothe the body and mind. It's a pure and clean colour that can bring a feeling of light and space to a smaller nursery. A warm, soothing milky white share can be wonderful for the nursery. White works best in a well lit room full of natural light. I think I managed to create this well in our old house. We have now moved since then and I am currently decorating her toddler room and have been looking at  Laura Ashley paint  for her big girl room as they have a fantastic range of colours which I think would go well with her room. 


The colours in your home have a profound effect on how you think, feel and behave. Some colours will give you that sense of comfort where others can make you feel depressed. Colour is more therapeutic than it is decorative. You will want to choose a colour that will make your baby feel comfortable, a good natural colour can help sooth us and using natural colours can transform your nursery into an extra special place where you and your child can bond. 

There are so many wonderful colours to choose from in this living day and many brands to purchase from. Different colours have their own special qualities and characteristics and here's a run down of the most common neutral colours and how they can help you choose the right colour for your child's nursery.

Brown - Brown make a great choice for a nursery as it is very earthy and grounded. It's always best to go for a lighter shade of brown for the walls and then dark brown furniture. 

Grey - Grey promotes thought and emotion, but that can also include sadness and loneliness. If you are wanting to use grey, its a good idea to use a warm tone and mix in some brighter colours. 

Pink - If you don't want to have a bright pink nursery but want it to be girly, why not choose a very pale shade. All little girls love pink, well at least we like to think they do. Pink is very calming and will be particularly good with children who are prone to having tantrums. 

Yellow - Yellow is seen as the colour of happiness but use with caution. Too much or too bright of yellow can agitate your baby. Use subtle yellow shades, it lifts the spirits just like the sun does. The best yellows for the nursery are comfort yellows, as they soften and warm the space. 

Green - Green is known to be the best colour to use in a learning environment which is why many classrooms are a light green colour. It is calming, refreshing and nurturing. Green is one of the best colours in decorations because it is so abundant in nature, you really can't go wrong! It is neither masculine or feminine, warm nor cool so it creates a perfect balance between them all. 

White - White is angelic and sweet but be careful not to paint the whole room this colour. Use splashes of colour to create emotion and character. If you do opt for white perhaps choose a warm soothing milky white shade to make the room brighter and calm. If you use white in a small dark room it will tend to look grey and make the room appear smaller so it's usually best to opt for a cream shade instead.

What colour is your child's nursery?

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28 comments

  1. Noah's is a warm yellow colour, with white curtains and white woodwork. Brown carpet and neutral bedding etc :) x

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  2. I think a nursery should have calming colours. All the 'branded' nursery and bedroom stuff available is lovely (like Thomas The Tank Engine etc.) but it's not conducive to calming a little one and getting them off to sleep. I love the lilac/white combination.

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  3. beautiful designs, ours is a teddy bear theme

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  4. I love the pastel colours :D

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  5. We created a neutral nursery for our daughter as we didn't know 'what she'd be'. Also I'm not at all keen on fussy pinky things anyway.

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  6. Bit older than nursery now, but my little grandaughter loves anything pink and sparkly

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  7. I love this wish I had the chance to give my daughter her own nursery

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  8. lovely clean colours and serene

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  9. the colour scheme is so calming and dreamy, lovely :)

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  10. Lovely - interesting reading about green!

    Ashleigh

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  11. When my son were tiny the nursery was pale blue walls with neutral carpet - when my daughter arrived and took over the nursery it was easy to add some subtle pink touches for her.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  12. Sienna's is a pale green which everyone is surprised at, although it probably would have been pink if we'd have known she was a girl!

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  13. My son & his partner are decorating Bumpelina's nursery pale pink and a warm yellow to give it a soft cosy feel as it's quite a dark room.

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  14. so beautiful, need you to design mine!

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  15. Some nice ideas

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  16. Some great ideas here, I've gone for a lilac nursery

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  17. beautiful - love classic designs

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