What Your Nursery Color Says About You

Interior of nursery with crib

During your pregnancy, you’ll be preparing for your expected son or daughter’s arrival in a variety of ways. You’ll figure out how to find the right baby name and choose one you love. You’ll buy more newborn onesies than you knew existed. You’ll even design the perfect nursery. In fact, painting and furnishing a nursery for your baby is an important part of nesting, and it’s something many moms and dads really look forward to. One of the biggest parts of designing the baby’s room? Choosing what colors to use. If you’re in the midst of nesting, here’s a guide for what your nursery color says about you:

The warm colors

Warm hues, like red, orange and yellow, are typically associated with energy, creativity and stimulation. Red is known for its exciting and dynamic qualities, while yellow is thought to represent happiness and vitality. However, too much of these vibrant colors could potentially overstimulate the baby. For this reason, many people recommend using warm colors as accents in nurseries. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them at all, though – many parents find that decorating with light yellows or oranges actually makes the baby’s nursery feel warm and cozy. If you lean toward warmer hues in your nursery design, you may be creative, emotional and passionate.

The cool colors

The cooler hues of the rainbow, including blue, green and purple, are known for being more soothing and relaxing. Picture a moss green wall or a room with soft blue curtains and other accents – the overall ambiance would be calming and provide a place where the baby can easily rest. Green is one of the most beloved colors for babies’ rooms because it’s natural, serene and perfect for a gender-neutral space. A potential downside? Some believe cooler colors can be a bit cold and somber. If you’re drawn toward these shades for your baby’s room, you might be a bit more nurturing and tender.

Baby's nursery with white crib.Green is a nurturing and serene color for nurseries.

Interesting neutrals

Neutral hues, like white, gray, tan, brown and black, represent a more down-to-earth and grounded vibe. However, like cooler hues, it may be better to avoid overly dark neutrals, since they can feel a bit gloomy. Many also recommend pairing neutral hues with pops of brighter colors (light gray with bright blue or white and sage green, for example). If you’d rather use neutral hues with colorful accents, you may be someone who’s a bit more practical and responsible.


Pink and blue

Pink for a girl’s room and blue for a boy’s room are the most traditional gendered color choices for baby’s nurseries. While many parents prefer to opt for gender-neutral choices, like yellow or green, pink and blue have a certain timeless charm that some moms and dads love. If you’re using pink for your daughter’s nursery or blue for your son’s, you may lean toward tradition and convention.

No matter what colors you end up incorporating into your nursery design, just make sure to create a room you love. If you’re unsure you made the right decision, just pay attention to how your baby feels when he or she is in the space – that should tell you whether the room is just the right amount of stimulating or soothing.