Move Over, Blue and Pink — Yellow Nursery Ideas Are Oh So On-Trend

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Gone are the days when the color yellow was just the default shade used in nurseries by those looking for an alternative to the predictable blue for boys and pink for girls, or for those opting not to find out their baby's gender. In fact, according to Pinterest's top 100 trends, yellow has been one of the most searched-for colors this year, and the hue's popularity shows no signs of slowing down in fashion or interiors. Which is no surprise, since the vibrant hue is universally embraced for the sunny, warm feeling it imparts on spaces. Not to mention, it's sophisticated, but still retains charm and a youthful vibe that results in nursery goals. Are you considering yellow nursery ideas for your baby's sleep space? Check out the following fresh finds below for some real style inspo.

1. How about a bold crib?

Off-the-shelf cribs come in fairly run-of-the-mill (some might say boring) neutral colors, so a custom canary-colored option is a great way to personalize a nursery. Julia Goolia had this one stripped and spray painted for a one-of-a kind look. (If you're considering going this route, make sure you complete the project at least eight weeks ahead of baby's due date to properly aerate any fumes, and use low- or zero-VOC paint). Birch tree silhouettes, a rust area rug, and practical rocker complete the space.

Get the look: DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib, $224

2. Add pops of yellow with accessories.

Yellow makes for a great accent color, adding a cheery note without taking over. This space-themed nursery idea by J and J Design Group, complete with an oversize and eye-catching moon, doubles down on warmth and whimsy with the addition of just a few yellow accessories — while a Moroccan-inspired rug adds softness beneath a contemporary crib and modern rocking chair.

Get the look: Mercury Row Hanneman Pouf, $79.63

3. Opt for a feature wall.

Infuse yellow into your baby's room with the help of a feature wall showcasing paint or wallpaper with dimension and texture. Liz Eidelman applied a floral print in muted shades of yellow for a subtle statement in this sweet room. A cream fringe rug softens hardwood floors, while a natural wood crib, pom pom blanket, and beaded mobile add earthy texture.

Get the look: Coloritto Peel and Stick Vintage Rose Wallpaper, $11.60 - $81.60 per panel

4. All the colors.

Yellow accessories and a free-form polka dot wallpaper are a great backdrop for the rainbow of colors in this adorable nursery by Victor Fox Design. The whimsical abstract artwork, geometric teal crib sheet, and unadorned wooden crib are sophisticated elements that give the space a bit of edge.

Get the look: Lovely Wall Co. Ripped Paper Confetti Wall Decal, $39.50

5. A little goes a long way.

Complement a monochromatic color palette with pops of yellow. Change & Co. chose a pair of yellow enamel sconces to keep this neutral nursery idea from feeling too serious. Wall-mounted stuffed animal heads and plenty of animal figures are playful accessories that say "kid" in an understated way.

Get the look: RetroLightStore Loui Wall Sconce, $29 - $36

6. Color block for a modern look.

Color blocking, the pairing of unexpected, complementary colors used in large swaths or blocks (a technique attributed to artist Piet Mondrian), adds dimension and a modern vibe to this nursery by Shari Pelkmans of Sjaartje. Other elements include a vintage cabinet that acts as a changing station and floating shelves, painted yellow and white to blend seamlessly into the wall.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore St. Elmo's Fire

7. Hang saturated curtains.

Curtains are a great way to introduce color and pattern into a space without overwhelming it. Jillian Harris hung floor-to-ceiling custom drapes in a mustard hue as the finishing touch in her son's nursery. (Pro tip: When you hang curtains extra high it creates the visual effect of elongated windows.) These mustard drapes serve as the focal point, and their rich hue is tempered by plenty of white — walls, furniture, and accessories — while a rattan pendant light and woven baskets add plenty of warmth and a bohemian vibe.

Get the look: Cairo Solid Room Darkening Drapes, $119


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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