Nursery Vibes: Bright decor for a neutral nursery

So far in my nursery decor story, I’ve featured all of the base palettes for a gender neutral nursery – monochrome, greys and whites, and natural shades. So far, so neutral, in every sense.

To finish this little series, before I move on to the fun stuff of themes and decoration, I’m finishing on a high with brights!

Bright colours in the nursery doesn’t have to mean primary colours, it’s just any strong shades in any combination you like. This post on Project Nursery was a really interesting starting point to know what personality traits can be brought out in your baby by certain colours. Who knew that too much cheery bright yellow could agitate the little ones and white can promote secretiveness! Have a read here and get some inspiration from the gorgeous nurseries featured in this post.

I’ve picked a few of my favourite, and different, takes on bright and strong colour in the nursery, perfect for boys and girls.

I love this subtle take on brights in the nursery and the wall stickers make it a temporary design which can be altered when baby grows up or if your taste changes when you know if it’s a little prince or princess’ room. I’m considering wall stickers myself, more of which later! It’s got the classic bright primary colours, popping out from clean white and with the additional splashes of green and yellow. Totally adorable…

gender neutral bright nursery

This turquoise and orange palette, featured on Apartment Therapy, is as bold and bright as you can get. It’s a real statement and despite it being majority blue, the orange and touches of yellow make it completely gender neutral. I also love the bright alphabet letters on the wall.

turquoise blue and orange nursery decor

Going slightly off track with this one as it features a clearly neutral grey wall, but the hot air balloons are a prime example of injecting bright colour into a nursery without having to go too hard (like the example above). Such a cute feature available at Etsy, it’s bright and stimulating for the baby and you don’t need any more colour than this.

hot air balloons

Bright nursery decor does’t have to mean child-like, it can also be done in a completely sophisticated and stylish way, as demonstrated by this beautiful image featured on My Domaine.

yellow bird wallpaper

To be fair, it’s probably more suitable for a girl than a boy, but let’s gloss over that for now, as it’s just too pretty to not feature. Combined with the pink rug, which could just as well be a blue rug as it has both shades in the wallpaper, it’s a chinoiserie print which nails stylish brights.

Following the same vibe of gorgeous design over completely cutesy, this navy blue striking wallpaper is right up my street. I love the shade, the print and the combination with pink and gold. Forget the baby, I might look at re-doing my own bedroom…

The Animal Print Shop Nursery

And last but by no means least, if you want a pop of primaries but want it to be subtle rather than shouty, take the Etsy hot air balloon approach and go for accessories or a wallpaper which includes just the right amount of colour.

scion april showers wallpaper

I’m a fan of Scion wallpapers, and have their Durrie in grey print in my living room, so while this wallpaper actually makes me feel a little sad, it’s the perfect example of how you can inject some colour without it being the main feature of the room.

So a few different takes there on bright decor for a gender neutral nursery, which do you prefer? Is your nursery vibe more of a statement monochrome or bright, then a super calm grey or cream?


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  1. I love the etsy balloons – in fact I like all of the multi coloured features against a white back ground, they look stunning. We are big fans of wall stickers for the kids’ rooms, although we learned quite quickly with our toddler that they all need to be out of little hands’ reach. We had loving applied a beautiful set of wall art stickers to her newly decorated room, to find them all in a heap on the floor, half chewed the next morning. Hmmm. Great post. Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

  2. I’m so glad I’ve read this. My LO’s room is off white & then we have the Scion Mr Fox wallpaper on a wall. I introduced lots of monochrome, but I really don’t like it. I feel like I need to embrace Mr Fox, and get some colour in there!! I love the green table & chair, with the yellow duvet in the background, so I’ll start with those colours I think. Now, I’m off to paint his chest of drawers!! 🙂

    1. Ah fab, glad I’ve been able to help in some way, you’ve made my day! The Mr Fox wallpaper is so cute and I think those colours you mention will go really well. Hope it looks as good as it sounds! x

  3. Some great ideas there, I remember choosing the decor for our nursery (more than 7 years ago!) and struggling a little.

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