Design Inspiration

Pastels are the New Black

Now that we’ve revealed our nursery trend predictions for 2016, let’s get to the eye candy, shall we? We know some of you were probably giving us the side eye when we announced that we think pastels are the new black, but when it comes to babies, a soft color palette just makes sense. But let’s not make the mistake of thinking that pastels are only for traditional designs. Take a look at some of the pastel nurseries we spotted in the gallery, and you’ll see that these beautiful hues are perfect for any space, from vintage, to nautical, to glam and more.

Vintage Pink and Mint Nursery - Project NurseryScarlett’s Coral, Mint and Gold Vintage Lace Nursery by Caden Lane

Carousel Crib from The Land of NodCarousel Crib from The Land of Nod

Pastel Blue Nursery Wallpaper - Project NurseryOur Upcycled Nursery by Vicki Sherouse

Pastel Pink Girl's Nursery - Project NurseryEvelynn’s Vintage Baby Bird Nursery by Heather Pedersen

Colette Collection Baby Bedding from Serena & LilyColette Collection Baby Bedding from Serena & Lily

Pastel Purple Nursery - Project NurseryAmelia’s Periwinkle Paradise Nursery by Sarah Staggs

Nursery with Pastel Blue and White Stripes - Project NurseryMaverick’s Nautical Nursery by Emily Klaparda

Harper Rug from Pottery Barn KidsHarper Rug from Pottery Barn Kids

Traditional Pastel Nursery - Project NurseryPenny’s Pastel Nursery by Catherine Manino Krause

Ballerina Pink Paint from The Project Nursery ShopBallerina Pink Paint from The Project Nursery Shop

For more inspiration or to upload photos from your nursery, big kid or party project visit our Project Gallery!


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    Pastel is the New Black! Guess I’m on trend. I painted my daughter’s 30-year-old wicker dressers in the palest pink and palest aqua just like the cribs in the first photo, to rehab a bedroom for my little granddaughter. Loved the Pottery Barn twin duvets, one in hot pink and the other in bright teal. But going with colors for the dressers and picture frames, that deeply saturated in color was too much of a good thing. So I opted for much softer shades. Still too garish. I kept adding more white paint until the pastels were nearly brought down to white. Perfect! But I need help. The look I’m going for on the wicker is a sparkle like sanding sugar. Any help?

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    Thank you. I will look for them. There is a glitter by Valspar, which gave a hint of the effect I want, but using a pack in a pint of paint (recommended amount was a pack per gallon) it only gave a minimal amount of glitter. I need the glitter much more concentrated. I worked at a Christmas design warehouse, years ago. We added glitter to polyacrylic to glitter the candy striped poles of Santa’s castle. I don’t know the brand of glitter or if it makes a difference.

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