How to style a white nursery: Colours

No colour is more timeless in a nursery than white. White highlights natural light, effortlessly creating a bright and airy space. It is perfect for boys, for girls, and for surprises too. White never goes out of style, and it offers a neutral backdrop to personalise and style to your taste and current trends.


If you are planning a white nursery, before selecting furniture and soft furnishings, you should first decide if you would like to add any additional colours to your room’s palette. Colour choice can help you create the intended look, feel and atmosphere in your room.

Would you like to create a cosy and homely feel, or a modern and stylish feel? Choosing warm tones or contrasting monochrome will give very different results!

Read on for some inspiration on our favourite colour combinations, all beginning with white.


All White Nursery

White on white nursery

Firstly, you can choose not to expand on your colour scheme and opt for an all-white nursery. We would recommend using different materials and textures to give depth to the room. For example, white wooden furniture and shelving, furry blankets and velvet cushions will draw the eye instead of colour, helping instead to lift and emphasise the white.

Our Cloud Shelves and Cloud Wall Hooks in white are perfect finishing touches to this room.

Cot bed - East coast | Nursing chair - Huggle | Rug - La redoute | Cushions - Matalan/Ideal textiles | Baby animal prints - Etsy


Modern Monochrome Nursery

Monochrome nursery

Monochrome always looks modern and clean. Keep your room light and airy with plenty of white and reserve black for details in your décor. Opt for white blocks of colour, such as furniture, walls and flooring, and add touches of black to soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions, wall décor and hooks.

Our Hexagon Wall Hook and Elephant Toy Box in natural pine are perfect finishing touches to this room.

Rug - George Asda | Wire words - Etsy | Alphabet print - Mini Learners | Lion print - Indie prints co | Mobile - The felting dorcas | Riceberry cushion - Noodoll


Monochrome and yellow nursery

If you would like the monochrome look but don’t want the restrictions of using no colour at all, we recommend introducing just one colour to your soft furnishings. Try yellow for a bold pop of colour, but stick to subtle touches to your wall decor.

Our Lightning Bolt Shelf and Lightning Bolt Wall Hook in yellow are perfect finishing touches to this room.

Rug - George Asda | Prints - The petite print co | Canopy - Amazon | Basket - Matalan | 


White and Wood Boho Nursery

Boho nursery

For a cosy and homely look, opt for a bohemian inspired nursery by adding natural wood and earthy tones to your white nursery. To achieve this look, opt for white walls with heaps of natural materials, such as rattan and jute, for texture, and remember to include plants too.

Our Boho Circle Shelf is the perfect finishing touch to this room.

Rug - La redoute | Lampshade - ikea | Cane mirror - George Asda | Plants - ikea | Prints - Wilho gallery Etsy | Pom Pom basket - Scandiborn | Basket - ikea | Cushions - Dunelm mill/Amazon | Raffia Lion - Hello Rustle


Traditional Pink or Blue Nursery

Traditional Blue nursery

If you prefer a more traditional look for your nursery, you can incorporate pinks or blues to your colour scheme. We recommend opting for a mix of calming pastels and bold statement colours to engage your little one.

Our Elephant Shelf in grey, ‘And so the adventure begins’ plaque and Elephant Toy Box are perfect finishing touches to this room.

Canopy - Amazon | Wire Hello - Hey kiddo studio | Prints - Etsy | Elephant wall hanging - Fiona Walker England | Rocking mammoth - Kids concept


Traditional pink nursery

Keep the top of your walls white for extra light, and choose a bold colour for the bottom of your wall, paired with complimentary pastel colours for decorative touches.

Our Butterfly Shelf in Pink and Be Kind Wall Plaque are perfect finishing touches to this room.

Prints - Mrs mighetto | Canopy - Amazon | Droplet Garland - Velveteen babies | Flower Garland - Georgie’s little makes | Miffy light - Mr Maria 


Gender Neutral Nurseries

Gender Neutral Nurseries

If you have chosen not to reveal the gender of your baby, you have more colour choices than yellow! Choose white and sage to create a modern, scandi-inspired space suitable for a boy or girl, and creates a relaxing atmosphere. Paint the bottom of your wall in your chosen colour, or add wooden panelling,  and keep the rest of the room white. Then add details to finish the room, such as rugs, cushions, blankets and shelves, to incorporate your chosen colour into your white nursery.

Our Hot Air Balloon Shelf in sage and white is the perfect finishing touch to this room.

Explore flag - Arnold and the caterpillar | Alphabet print - Pretty in a print | Rainbow hanging - The little bear Cubs | Bear cushion - My little dreamer | Cushions - Scandiborn


What next?

Now you have chosen your colours, you should have a clearer idea of the theme and tone you’d like to achieve. Next, you can confidently select the furniture, rugs, storage, soft furnishings and wall art that will compliment your colour scheme and contribute towards achieving your chosen style for the nursery.

Whatever your personal taste and style, a white nursery is the perfect starting point to create your nursery. Which nursery theme is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

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