Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

April 20, 2012

Are you expecting? I’m not, but one look at this nursery and I stopped dead in my tracks. It’s the first nursery that I’ve seen in a really long time that actually spoke to me because it’s very simple but with great attention to detail and I adore how neutral it was kept. I know what “studies say” about kids and color but I honestly would have a subtle nursery just like this one in a second and simply bring color in through books, dolls, craft supplies and clothing… There are ways to still have color without painting the walls bright yellow – unless of course that is your thing and if so, go for it!

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

The key to making a mostly neutral palette work is to vary the tints and tones and texture to add warmth and dimension. I love the striped ceiling!

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

Inspiration for Parents To Be: Neutral Nursery

This room was designed by Sissy + Marley and they sent it in because they thought decor8 readers would really like it. So, do you? What do you think of this color scheme and overall design?

(images: sissy + marley)



  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai April 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Very soothing..I love the alphabet print

  • Reply Gutsy Arts Girl April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Although the design is lovely and color scheme is calming and very well done, I just can’t help but wonder if the design is to calm the new parent or for the baby. :-) I would not want my baby to miss out on the creative stimulation of the color and more defined shapes while they are developing their imagination. But I worked in Africa a lot and learned to see color in such a different way. Great look – just too “neutral” for a wonder filled emerging mind for me.

  • Reply Peggy Berk April 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love the look of the room, but function is a key criteria in the design of any room and one of the primary functions of a nursery is to promote the healthy development of the child. Babies can’t see the contrast in these neutrals, they need high contrast visuals and, yes, color and pattern for the development of their brains…focus, visual acuity and thought processes. The scheme is lovely, but far better suited for an adult’s room. (I can barely see some of the letters on the alphabet board!)

  • Reply pilli pilli April 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I LOVE it! I’m expecting two baby boys myself, and we also went for an almost all-white nursery! So this one is really talking to me…
    It’s just so fresh & pretty… and I adore all the elephants as a recurring surprise element.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang April 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    So peaceful! I love it.

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} April 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Elephants are my favorite animal, so I am in love with this nursery. I need that wallpaper for my adult bedroom! I also love the striped ceiling! Great inspiration!

  • Reply Rita Konig April 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I think that is a lot of Hermes for an unborn baby! xx

  • Reply Laura April 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I´m expecting and i love the colours of this room! I also like this palette to make it neutral.
    Nice ceiling and peaceful atmosphere!

  • Reply Alexis April 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    This nursery makes me want to have a baby :). I love how beautifully subtle it is, and all those details.. I love the bunting!

  • Reply sue April 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love the nursery – its worth starting a family again !

  • Reply LauraJamesJewelry April 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Love this inspiring space for baby!

  • Reply Lindsay April 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love the ABC art piece; such delicate and soothing colors!

  • Reply HappyHibiscus April 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    It is soo gorgeous and it makes so much sense to keep it simple, because babies turn into children and the room changes. I hope that when you are expecting, that you have such a lovely nursery!

  • Reply Anke April 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I like the room very much. As soon as the baby will get more toys, there will be much more colour anyhow. I never understand why people use so much colours on walls and floors in kidsrooms.

  • Reply Lauren Ashley April 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I love this! We’re not expecting yet, but going to being trying in about a year – bookmarking this page for future inspiration. xo!

  • Reply Jess April 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Just a small pop of a bright colour would really make the scheme work. A bit bland for me and very safe looking.

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street April 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    This is just gorgeous! I never got to really decorate any nursery even though I have my two girls, because we moved cross-atlantic both times just around the birth and I was too exhausted to do anything about it….hopefully we have a third and I can have my fun with a nursery that time around! :)

  • Reply piia April 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Love this style,calming and stylish!

  • Reply Jaimie April 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    It’s pretty, but…. babies need color. Visual stimulation is good for cognitive development, and there is almost no contrast here.

  • Reply Heather B April 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    It’s very calming, and the thing that the experts who suggest lots of color in nursery decor forget is that color is EXCITING! I painted my daughter’s nursery tangerine. It cast an orange glow into the hall. She never slept in it, not one blessed wink. This is a lovely, peaceful nursery which would make it perfect. And the striped ceiling is pretty awesome.

  • Reply Mary C. Nasser April 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I actually love that little crocheted globe on the shelf in the second image!
    Will have to search for the pattern on the web!

  • Reply Heather B April 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    … If you want to stimulate your baby visually hang a colorful mobile over them in the living room. TA DAH! You can have your cake and sleep too, or something like that.

  • Reply kristin johnsen April 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Lovely! I love all the little touches and accessories and toys that add extra texture and design – just so pretty! I’m WAY past time to expect, but can see things in this room that I’d like to incorporate in my adult quiet space!

  • Reply April Heather Davulcu April 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I love the stripes and the lighting, but what’s with all the sad stuffies in the third picture? I do think nurseries and children’s rooms should reflect some of the energy and passion of youth-whether with color or pattern-or both. A little more fun and a little less serious~

  • Reply Steph Bond-Hutkin April 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I think the striped ceiling makes this nursery. It’s such a lovely, calm environment, and how comfy does that rocker look. I do love the alphabet print and contrary to everything I have ever heard about babies’ inability to see tones, the research that I have recently read shows that babies can see a white teddy on a white couch by about 2 months.

    The hard part is making all the dozens of gifts from family and friends work – most people won’t be sympathetic to a carefully edited space, and it’s hard to hide away gifts with meaning that don’t fit the colour palette.

    Oh, and I bet the bub would love a hanging mobile near the cot to watch while they are lying down.

  • Reply donna April 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

    the nursery is for THE PARENTS, so do whatever makes YOU happy! the baby will be stimulated from just being alive and interacting with you and the amazing world. i had the most beautiful vintage nursery for my first child and then the blandest (too busy to decorate!) room for our second, and both my daughters are brilliant and creative. in the end, i believe that “if mama’s happy, baby will be, too!”

    p.s. don’t read too many baby books! they just made me nervous. i stopped after an 8 page description on how to bathe a baby. could it really be that complicated? NO! just keep the tyke’s head above water and use your common sense!

  • Reply fawn April 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

    The space is very elegant, though I agree with other comments advocating the use of color in child development. It really surprises me that gray is so popular in nurseries right now. :)

  • Reply Eva April 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    What a beautiful dream nursery, so fun and full of character but also calm and neutral. What great inspiration!

  • Reply Pretty Dandy Homewares April 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    This is a lovely, really well-thought-through design scheme. I understand that babies need colour and visual stimulation, but that could come through toys, clothes, dolls etc. I think what is really clever in this design is the way they have kept it interesting and young through the use of shapes, illustrative features (like the print & face cushion) and other fun touches.

    That said, I would have to add a few pops of colour to satisfy my bright side!

  • Reply lola April 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Can you tell me where they sourced the furniture for this post?

  • Reply nichole April 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    We collect the Holtzinger animals for the boys and have those elephants! They are so beautiful, the boys love them and they look great on the shelves. ;)

  • Reply Milneshine April 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    People should remember that this is a ‘designed’ room and not an actual room.
    We just decorated our nursery in neutrals and it’s a calming environment for mum and baby. There’s more than enough stimulation around the house for our 2 week old and so this room is a nice room to feed and change diapers etc. no doubt it will grow along with the baby.

  • Reply liza April 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    It’s absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Ellie April 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I think this is a relaxing and comfortable room, the rest of the house can be full of colour and toys to stimulate the child’s sense of colour, but I think it is right to have a room for both mum and baby to relax in, and one that is conducive to sleep – which this definitely is!

  • Reply Living Waters April 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    While the idea is wonderful, I think it was taken too far.
    I’d have loved to see such a neutral room filled with colourful toys, clothes, books and so on but the way it is seems just overdone.

  • Reply Melissa Condotta April 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    i think this is great. although i typically love colour in a room, nurseries need to move away from the traditional colours of blue, pink, and yellow. colour will be brought in through accessories and toys. I plan to go neutral when I’m ready for wee ones.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely bookmarking this post under inspiration.

  • Reply Chrystina April 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I love the stripes – especially by the ceiling. There’s a guy at work right now who loves putting dotted gray lines between tables in excel instead of black solid lines – this sort of reminds me of that concept.

    Also, I was a little nervous about the subtle colors in the first few pictures, but when I saw how much warmth the floor brings to the room I became much more comfortable with it.

  • Reply Giselle April 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

    It is actually high contrast not colour that very young babies respond to. Black and white are best for visual development. I do prefer this room to one that is a distracting sea of primary colours but I think the neutral background could benefit from some depth added by accessorising with stronger tones.

  • Reply fenny setiawan April 23, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I love the neutral earthy color. I think the color it self beside neutral also very soothing. this what we need when we want to have calm atmosphere when we are nursing n cuddle with our baby :). overall I like this design.

  • Reply Mabiel April 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    The stripe ceiling is amazing.. i love it.

  • Reply Marta Costa April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I LOVE this nursery room and I’m a color person.
    The ceiling is my favorite, I already seen similar decor in other colors and I think it’s gorgeous.
    And the wallpaper is cute!

  • Reply deb April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    WOW! i do love it and will keep this in mind when the right time comes! thank you Holly xxx

  • Reply AnnelieseMac April 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This nursery is very pretty. Personally I would probably use a bit more colour, but not much. A bright nursery with too much colour and pattern would have stimulated my little girl rather than soothed her. We more often used our living room for stimulating play.
    I also would prefer a room that has fewer nursery / child pieces in it – because they grow up quickly. We have used new and vintage items which are safe, but not necessarily child specific and have enjoyed them more. Accessories, artwork and embellishments can easily be changed to reflect the child, their needs for development and their personal tastes.

  • Reply Hanna April 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I love it and I want the wallpaper! What designer is it?

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy April 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I think painting the ceiling in a nursery is brilliant! Babies spend a lot of time on their backs and stripey contrasts are supposed to be so stimulating for their development! Love it!! Wish I had thought of that about 14 years ago…

  • Reply clarity April 25, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I like that it’s gender neutral, but even the toys are gray! I understand not wanting primary colored walls or furniture, but kids love color.

  • Reply Jackie April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love it!!! My husband and I are having our first child and we are going the old fashion way and not finding out the sex. I’m looking into lots of neutrals to decorate the baby’s room. This is great inspiration!!!!! If you find anymore cool baby rooms please do post them!!!! I’m sure there are a lot of soon to be mommies that love this blog as much as I.

  • Reply Yemi April 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I love the neutral colour in this nursery which makes it very calm and tranquil. Love the buntng on the wall!

  • Reply SaraK August 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Lovely–and I really, really want to know about the elephant print/art on the wall. Is there an artist or source available?

  • Reply Paula January 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Hi, I love this room! Could you tell me where to buy wallpaper from the walls and the furniture in the room?
    Thank you very much for your help and congratulations on the blog.

  • Reply Jim Browning December 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Great post! I’m a big fan of nuetral colors, I know…I know…its easy :) Love the wallapper havent seen this one the books yet!

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