The white nursery. Why not?

Forget pink, forget blue. Let’s look closely at neutral nursery styling. Specifically, the white nursery interior design.

To me, the white nursery is the simplest choice. Maybe it’s not that popular because it looks not too practical. White walls (the right wight – read below) are the simplest to paint. Contemporary paints are now stain-resistant and easy to clean. But, yes, I get it – it could be a constant pain with cleaning.

With the neutral background, you can style it with literally whatever you have left from previous house decorations. Oak furniture you can use for storage? Yes, please, see some examples below. Black and white scheme, Scandi type that is so simple and popular. Pop of colour or simple colour accent.

Pros and cons of the white nursery

For a start, why don’t we look into the pros and cons of the white nursery space? White paint for a nursery you say? Why not?

The advantage of the white colour scheme

  • ideal neutral colour for parents who keeps their baby’s gender a surprise
  • amazing backdrop for colourful toys, decoration, rugs and wall posters
  • white colour adds a feeling of bigger space to a room
  • white nursery looks fresh (and sometimes crispy)
  • white paint lights up the walls and creates a bright space

The disadvantage of the white colour scheme

  • white nursery space may look bland and boring. Or even clinical.
  • white colour in psychology of colours could be translated into isolation (but it also evokes quiteness and feacefullness ….)
  • white walls take all the dirt. Sooner than later, it will also take your child’s creative power (but contemporary wall paints can handle this, no problem)

The right white: warm white and cold white tones

Although white and its shades predominate in interiors, it’s not an obvious choice for a nursery. It’s the simplest option, you may say, but very rarely do parents choose the white colour scheme. White gives you the effect of purity, space and cleanliness. Too much white makes the space look boring, cold and empty.

Do you want this in a nursery? Purity? Yes. Cleanliness? No, but rather cosiness.

So, first of all, if you are looking for warm shades of white, go for white with yellow, orange or pink undertones. These warm undertones create cosines and are best in north-facing spaces.

So, shades like Ivory, Vanilla, Eggshell, Seashell are shades with warmer undertones like yellow, orange and pink. This makes the white not totally white but warm white (see these tones in the ‘Colour Code: White‘ clip below this post).

Cold shades of whites contain blue or grey undertones and are best for south-facing spaces. Honestly, I wouldn’t go for Alabaster, Snow, Porcelain or Frost types of white for a nursery. They are cooler shades with blue, grey or green tones.

White nurseries – style it as you like it.

Boho White Nurseries

White could be suitable for all spaces. It actually makes the space look wider. But it could make the space looks cold, empty or unwelcome. Use soft accents like this faux fur rug, natural materials like wood or wicker and this will add cosiness to the space.

Pop of colour White Nurseries

Kids space is never boring. No special skills and accessories are required to pair it with white walls. Simple tricks can create a vibrant space, fun and easy to live in and play.

Natural White Nurseries

Pure white nurseries are so right for pure little babies (until they walk, talk and make it dirty). Wood and natural tones are the easiest addition to make the purity looks warm and cosy.

Black and White Nurseries

Scandinavian style is popular for a long time. The Black and white combination is very aesthetic, clean and creates an ordered space.

The above are just examples of white nurseries styling. I hope you get inspired and create your ideal space for your baby.

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Colour Code for your Interior Design Project: White

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