These Pink Nursery Ideas Make the Case for a Traditional Palette

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Let's get this straight. While pink might seem like a traditional color for your little girl's nursery, we're totally here for the refreshing and relaxing vibes it brings to contemporary rooms. After all, you need to spend time in here, too. From dusty rose to bright fuschia and graphic patterns, there's a shade and application of pink for everyone. Not all of them equal that traditional "girly" look, either. Here are eight baby nursery ideas that will leave you feeling tickled pink:

1. Go for the soft approach.

Easy does it, at least when it comes to this nursery's color palette. Elizabeth of Pretty Smitten took inspiration from her Cottage & Cabin linen bedding, opting for a vintage blush pink scheme that's far from saccharine. White accessories such as the leather pouf keep the space modern, and perfect for cuddling up with her little one any time of day.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Warm Blush

2. Say it with wallpaper.

One of the first things you should consider when designing a nursery is how it will evolve as your child grows up. You don't want to be redesigning it after every milestone. Tarina from Oh Eight Oh Nine chose this star-patterned wallpaper as a starting point in her daughter Mia's pink nursery, pairing it with soft rosy-colored accents. The pale blush color is versatile and will take Mia right through to a big kid's room, if we don't move in first that is.

Get the look: Cole & Son Stars Wallpaper in Blush, $140 per double roll

3. Try a bold, graphic design.

Looking for a more graphic style in your nursery? Here's the mother of all inspiration, featuring color blocking on the walls in a shade of soft pink, and plenty of earthy textures. Want to know how to recreate this nursery idea yourself? The simple but statement effect can be obtained using a laser level and taping off the entire room, including doors.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Odessa Pink

4. Go all-out girly.

Pink and gray is a pretty classic combination, especially if you're after a sophisticated look that is soft and feminine. It's also a great option for those who don't want to go all-in on pink. This nursery by Katie Lamb makes use of both gray walls and carpet for a stylish finish with pink accents such as the satin ruffled curtains to keep the look sweet as can be.

Get the look: RH Baby & Child Washed Velvet Ruffle Drapery Panel, $149 - $189

5. Forget pastel pink, and opt for something brighter.

Have you heard? Hot pink is the new baby pink. Don't be afraid to follow the lead of Sissy + Marley design duo Diana Rice and Chelsea Reale, and overhaul the nursery by pairing clean and contemporary shapes with pops of fuschia. We are ALL about bold contrast.

Get the look: Marley + Malek Kids Zee in Pink, $180 per roll

6. Coordinate with complementary colors.

There's something about a pink and blue color scheme that brings a sense of grandeur and elegance to a room — perfect for a nursery idea. This design by Jillian Harris brings together the best of both worlds, accentuating a blue sky pattern wallpaper with pink accents such as the floor-to-ceiling curtains, wall art, and dresser. Fit for a royal baby, eh?

Get the look: Caroline Mint 'To The Stars' Print, $21 - $227

7. Paint your furniture.

If you're reluctant to paint your walls, paint the furniture instead. This boho-inspired look by The Posh Home incorporates the perfect shade of peachy pink by way of the dresser, matching the trim of the curtains and bed linen, all of which pop against the plain white walls. The finished look is contemporary and uber chic. We like.

Get the look: Glidden Peach Daiquiri

8. Accessorize!

Add a new layer by incorporating pattern into your baby's room; just look at the effect this oversize floral wallpaper has in this pink and white space by Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny. If you're going for a feature wall, don't forget to pull out hues from the pattern and incorporate them into your little one's space with accessories. Curtains, cushions, throws, books ⁠— leave no corner uncoordinated.

Get the look: Anewall Decor Jolie Floral Wallpaper, $134.30 - $431.80


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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