• Grey, white, and pink nursery space
    Photo via 12th and White.

    Grey. It’s the perfect neutral. Clean, bright and versatile, this popular nursery color is both chic and sensible. Whether you’re looking for a color scheme that will stand the test of time or just hoping for a fresh take on the traditional gender-neutral palette, grey is a great way to go.


    Still, for all its benefits, this sometimes-moody shade can be tricky to work with. Done well, a grey space can be sophisticated and serene. But if you’re not careful, your nursery could end up looking flat or dreary.


    Wondering how to make your grey nursery shine? Polish your design plan with these five simple tips. 

  • Choose the Right Shade

    Neutral grey nursery with tribal-inspired accents A light, blue-based grey with clean white accents makes this nursery anything but dreader

    Think grey is just grey? Think again! Grey has a wide range. Cool greys highlight blue tones and can look frosty in light shades. Warm greys highlight yellow tones. They may appear somewhat brown or even greenish and can look grim and dreary in too dark of a hue.


    To keep your nursery space looking bright and cheery, choose a soothing blue-grey in a light to medium shade, or opt for a pale shade of “greige.” This warm, beige-like neutral combines the etherealness of grey with the earthiness of brown, creating a beautiful, organic blend.

  • Add Color

    Grey-Yellow-Pro-Nursery.jpg
    Photo by Bookstrucker Photography via Alykhan Velji Design.

    When it comes to picking the perfect accent palette, grey makes things simple. This versatile neutral plays well with almost any color.


    Need help narrowing your options? Consider your tone. If you’ve chosen a blue-based grey for your nursery, you can’t go wrong with cool pastel accents, like mint, aqua, lavender, or pale pink. Metallic silver also looks fabulous with steely blue greys.


    Prefer a warmer grey? Consider a bright and sunny color, like orange and yellow, or add a touch of glam with rich gold

  • Create Contrast

    Grey Nursery with black and white accents Black and white accents make this medium grey nursery pop. Photo by Ashlee Raubach via Style Me Pretty.

    Want to keep your grey walls from looking flat? The secret is to create plenty of contrast.


    Grey is best set against its parent colors: black and white. White accents keeps greys looking clean and bright, while black accents provide definition. Your goal is to create the perfect balance between light and dark. If you’ve chosen a medium to dark grey, you’ll need to break it up with large swaths of white. If you’ve chosen a lighter shade, black furniture and accessories may be a better fit. 

  • Play with Pattern

    Grey and white nursery with bold, herringbone accent wall

    A little pattern play can really make a space pop, bringing life and energy to your design. If your nursery needs a boost, a boldly patterned rug or accent wall might be just the ticket. Not sure how to choose the right pattern for you space? Put these handy tips to the test. 

  • Focus on Texture

    Neutral Grey Nursery with Rich and Varied Texture
    Photo via Style Me Pretty.

    Incorporating a rich variation of texture is another excellent way to add visual interest to your design. This is especially true of neutral spaces, which demand greater attention to detail. Try layering sleek floors and furnishings with lush fabrics, and pair polished woods with rough, natural textures. You won’t believe what a difference the added textural dimension can make!