The hippest nursery: black and white, not shades of gray

Have you noticed that GRAY is the in color for nurseries these days? Yep. If you’re preoccupied with what’s “trending” (hate that word), get yourself a gray nursery, pronto.

Gray and white nursery

What’s that? Sorry — I didn’t hear you. I was yawning :)

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Can I be honest with you? In addition to striking me as just plum uninspired, gray and white nurseries make me sad. The yellow saves the gray nursery above, but what about the first one, where gray is the…the what? The “pop of color” in the room?

BLACK and white nurseries, on the other hand — or better yet, black and white with dashes of color — are edgy and awesome. We’re finishing up a nursery right now with Quentin Blake’s ABC wallpaper on one wall (you read correctly, Gentle Readers: a WALLPAPER ACCENT WALL!).

Quentin Blake's ABC wallpaper

All the other walls are white. There are green, black, and orange stripey FLOR carpet squares on the floor (Sound Check in Lime…you know I’m a big fan of FLOR), a modern orange glider (not, alas, an Eames plastic molded rocker but the Eames doesn’t come in orange), and a green Roman Shade with white trim. I hope to post a picture when it’s 100% finished, but in the meantime, here’s a cheat sheet in case you, like me, want to take a stand against blah in the nursery.

Stay tuned, Gentle Readers. We also did a purple and orange nursery recently, so I’ll try to get that up, too. These kids are going to be bossy, no doubt about it.

1. FLOR Tile Made You Look in Kiwi;  2. FLOR Tile Sound Check in Lime, the one we used; 3. FLOR Tile Rake Me Over in Clementine  4. FLOR Tile Rake Me Over in Lime, which we used in another child’s bedroom; 5. Giggle Fitted Crib Sheet, but Etsy is another great resource for amazing custom crib bedding;  6.Mustache Pillow;  7. Mini Library;  8. Classic Crib;  9. Eames Molded Plastic Rocking Chair; and  10. Osborne and Little’s Quentin’s ABC Wallpaper.

Quoted in publications from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Real Simple magazine, Annie Elliott is considered an expert in color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible. Her interior design firm, bossy color, has been serving residents in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 2004.

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Comments

  1. Lynne Whiteside says

    The black and white is inspiring because then the toys and play things can attract all the attention. I totally agree on FLOR in the room, very practical. The only thing is maybe a little tough if you are just staring to crawl.

  2. Lynne Whiteside says

    The black and white is inspiring because then the toys and play things can attract all the attention. I totally agree on FLOR in the room, very practical. The only thing is maybe a little tough if you are just starting to crawl.

  3. D.H. says

    So happy to hear you taking a stand against gray! That nursery, and all the other all-gray rooms in existence right now, look like something from Soviet Russia. Why, people, why?

    Black and white with brights isn’t my style, but I can certainly appreciate it. Love that wallpaper!

  4. Noreen says

    I’m going to need to see pictures of that purple and orange nursery. NOT FOR ME! For a friend. Really.

  5. Holly says

    I couldn’t agree more about grey in the nursery. We’re expecting our 2nd and grey is the last color I will be painting the nursery. I’ve been thinking about doing a loose Americana type of room (we’re not finding out what we’re having) but I know I will not be doing grey. Love your ABC wallpaper wall idea – that will be great in a child’s room.

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