Beyond beige: Colorful baby room ideas

While serene, neutral nurseries will always have a special place in our hearts, we have to admit we’re loving that nursery trends are starting to swing in a new direction.

Instead of beige, white, gray, and taupe, new parents are reaching for bolder paint brushes to brighten their baby’ bedroom design, even mixing a variety of shades and patterns for  truly eye-catching results. After all, if you can’t get playful in your baby nursery…where can you?

Get inspired with these 10 ways to create a vibrant, colorful baby’s room: 

Colorful patterned nursery wallpaper

Colorful patterned nursery wallpaper
Source: _paintgirl

It’s no secret that wallpaper has become a huge trend in nurseries, and these bright, colorful patterns and prints are sure to delight little eyes. Not ready for a full room of print? Stick to one statement wall to ease into this trend.

Color on the ceiling 

Color on the ceiling nursery
Source: @briarfieldhouserenovation

Another way to go bold without covering every wall? Adding color to the ceiling! Whether you opt for a patterned wallpaper or simply a rich paint color, a bold ceiling is a quick way to up the “wow” factor of your nursery.

Colorful furniture as a bold statement

A vibrant, multi-hued bedding, bright cribs from Cradlewise, cabinets and chairs in popping colors can transform the nursery into a lively, cheerful space. This approach allows for flexibility in decor, making it easy to update the look as your child grows or your tastes change. 

Pairing these with neutral walls or floors can balance the intensity, creating a harmonious yet dynamic environment that stimulates your baby’s visual senses. You can execute this design with Hestya Interior Design.

Cheerful nursery toy displays

While we would be remiss not to call out this unforgettable nursery’s charming wallpaper, what we really love is how they’ve turned baby’s favorite toys into a bright, cheerful decorative display! Instead of shying away from colorful toys, embrace them in your nursery to boost the room’s energy.

Colorful board and batten

Colorful board and batten nursery
Source: @redesignedclassics

Another way to add bold color without overwhelming a room is with a little board and batten or trim work. The deep blue board and batten anchors the decor in this nursery, allowing for a variety of patterns and animal elements to be added in without sacrificing style. On a budget? Opt for a single wall feature instead of lining the whole space.

Add a wall mural

wall mural nursery
Source: @eclecticcalimama

Instead of picking just one bold color, combine a few in a modern, artistic way with a wall mural. Keep the mural in focus by choosing natural wood or neutral furniture pieces that won’t compete for attention.

Use a bold accent color

Source: @taramajansky

If you’re not ready for all-over bold color, adding pops of an accent color — like fuschia, chartreuse, or scarlet — can be a great alternative to punch up the look of your baby’s nursery. This look is also perfect for those who feel fickle about color, since it’s easy to swap in a new hue.

Go dark

Dark nursery wallpaper theme
Source: @coloraydecor

A bold look doesn’t have to mean a bright color! We’re also seeing plenty of nurseries choosing the darker side, with rich black and gray paint colors. This family turned one wall into a beautiful, starry night sky for their little one to fall asleep to every night.

Try a bold statement wall

bold statement wall in nursery
Source: @interiorby_ashleighp

When it comes to nurseries drenched in personality, we’ve never met a statement wall we didn’t like. A single, eye-catching wall is also the perfect way to try out a bold color, especially when it’s mixed with textural, 3D elements as in this nursery.

Add a surprising detail

Baby nurseries are the perfect place to add a surprising, colorful decor detail — like the charming sun feature this family painted on their baby’s wall. It’s also the perfect way to liven up an otherwise neutral space with a cheery color burst.

Mix your patterns and colors

Mixed patterns and colors in baby's nursery
Source: @_paintgirl 

Feeling really bold? Why not try everything? From wall and ceiling color to boldly mixing patterns on the walls, furniture, and accessories, the boldness of your decor is only limited by your imagination. Not sure how to get it right? Look for patterns and shades in the same color family to keep the look modern, not messy.

Check out our top 10 nursery themes for your baby’s nursery and our gender-neutral nursery decor that matches your Cradlewise.

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