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20 Cheerful and Versatile Ways to Use Black in the Nursery

Designing and decorating that perfect nursery for your little one can be incredibly fun when done right. It all starts by clearly picking a theme for the nursery and understanding the spatial and functional requirements of the room. While some parents go down the path of an outlandish nursery that is theme specific, a safer option is to create a flexible environment that can evolve and grow along with your kid. Color scheme plays a big role in all of this, and while it is often overlooked and underutilized, black is one of those colors that can dramatically alter the appeal of a modern nursery.

Modern eclectic nursery in black and red 20 Cheerful and Versatile Ways to Use Black in the Nursery
Modern eclectic nursery in black and red [Design: elena del bucchia DESIGN]

Using black in the nursery does not mean you paint every single wall in black or use it as the protagonist in the room’s color palette. Instead, black can be used to highlight architectural features, anchor a breezy modern nursery, define spaces and accentuate style. While a lot of research in recent times has delved into the best colors for a cozy nursery, black is one of those versatile hues that can play supporting cast to colors ranging from blue and pink to white and red. Here are 20 fabulous and trendy inspirations to get you started –

Beautiful Black Walls

Black on the nursery walls is not an odd choice at all if you can use the color in a creative and contemporary manner. Chalkboard walls are a great choice here, and they also let you easily transform a nursery into a smart kids’ room as your little one grows up. Giving the toddler ample space to scribble away without ruining all the other walls in the house, a black chalkboard wall in the nursery makes plenty of aesthetic and practical sense. Two-tone walls in black and white and black accent walls also allow you to craft a polished backdrop in the contemporary nursery.

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Space-savvy gray and black nursery with chalkboard wall [From: Noa Noa Design Solutions / Erez Peled Photography]
Space-savvy gray and black nursery with chalkboard wall [From: Noa Noa Design Solutions / Erez Peled Photography]
Sophisticated nursery design in black and pink [From: Lauren M. Smith Interiors / Mieke Zuiderweg]
Sophisticated nursery design in black and pink [From: Lauren M. Smith Interiors / Mieke Zuiderweg]
Green and black create a unique and polished modern nursery [Design: Benedict August]
Green and black create a unique and polished modern nursery [Design: Benedict August]
Two-tone wall in black and white for the dashing nursery [From: Lulu Designs / Jeff Thayer Photography]
Two-tone wall in black and white for the dashing nursery [From: Lulu Designs / Jeff Thayer Photography]

Style and Flair

Black in the nursery is a hue that can surprise you with its versatility and an ability to adapt to different themes with ease. Black and pink is a hot and trendy color combination for the chic girls’ nursery, while black along with white and red looks perfect in the boys’ nursery. Purple is another color that can be used with black to paint a regal and refined picture, while the classic black and white blend is a color palette that is great for styles like Scandinavian and even shabby chic.

Mediterranean style nursery in black and pink [From: Celebrity Communities]
Mediterranean style nursery in black and pink [From: Celebrity Communities]
Awesome Hollywood Regency style nursery in black and violet [Design: Simply Put Interiors]
Awesome Hollywood Regency style nursery in black and violet [Design: Simply Put Interiors]
Black is used to anchor this nursery and define its many features [Design: Bravo Interior Design / Photography by Tre Dunham]
Black is used to anchor this nursery and define its many features [Design: Bravo Interior Design / Photography by Tre Dunham]
Minimal Scandinavian nursery design idea with fireplace [Design: Cuckooland]
Minimal Scandinavian nursery design idea with fireplace [Design: Cuckooland]

Wallpaper and Murals

Both wallpaper and custom wall murals are arguably the most popular way of enlivening the modern nursery, and black is a color that comes in handy here as well. Decals and wall murals in black offer plenty of visual impact and ensure that the motif stands out visually. With light pastel hues and neutral shades being used more and more in the nursery, it makes perfect sense to use black to create the necessary visual impact. Black wallpaper, on the other hand, is used less frequently, but with the right theme and color scheme, it too can shape a dashing accent wall.

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Chalkboard wall is the perfect way to add color to the contemporary nursery [Design: Atticus & Milo]
Chalkboard wall is the perfect way to add color to the contemporary nursery [Design: Atticus & Milo]
Cool wallpaper, crib and decor bring black to the white nursery [Design: Sabal Homes]
Cool wallpaper, crib and decor bring black to the white nursery [Design: Sabal Homes]
Custom wall mural in the nursery depicts a bright city skyline [Design: Anita Roll Murals]
Custom wall mural in the nursery depicts a bright city skyline [Design: Anita Roll Murals]
Pattern of the wallpaper allows the nursery to easily grow up along with your little one [From: Houzz/ Becky Harris]
Pattern of the wallpaper allows the nursery to easily grow up along with your little one [From: Houzz/ Becky Harris]

Stripes and Decor

The striped black and white accent wall is another cool alternative that adds both contrast and pattern to a nursery, regardless of its style. If a striped wall feels a bit too mundane, you can even turn to the ceiling to give the room some striped sizzle! Drapes and rugs with different patterns in black might be all you need at times to completely transform the ambiance of the nursery, while a black crib set against a white backdrop makes a bold style statement. From changing tables and ottomans to rocking chairs and side tables, décor in black always makes a big impact in the small nursery.

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Custom striped accent wall in black and white and crib in black for the chic contemporary nursery [Design: CD Interiors / Gerard Garcia]
Custom striped accent wall in black and white and crib in black for the chic contemporary nursery [Design: CD Interiors / Gerard Garcia]
Fabulous transitional nursery in black and white with striped walls and black rug [Design: Castles Interiors]
Fabulous transitional nursery in black and white with striped walls and black rug [Design: Castles Interiors]
Painted tree in black defines this elegant nursery [Design: Anita Roll Murals]
Painted tree in black defines this elegant nursery [Design: Anita Roll Murals]
Striped ceiling in white and yellow and accent wall in black for the nursery [Design: Elizabeth Erin Designs]
Striped ceiling in white and yellow and accent wall in black for the nursery [Design: Elizabeth Erin Designs]
Quirky decor additions like the whale chair allow you to add black to the nursery in style [Design: Sprout, Quark Enterprises]
Quirky decor additions like the whale chair allow you to add black to the nursery in style [Design: Sprout, Quark Enterprises]
Black rug in the nursery grabs attention despite leaving the color scheme undisturbed [Design: Campbell's Carpet]
Black rug in the nursery grabs attention despite leaving the color scheme undisturbed [Design: Campbell’s Carpet]
Black and white is a color scheme that never fails! [Design: Touijer Designs]
Black and white is a color scheme that never fails! [Design: Touijer Designs]

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  • Vince Vespa

    So the baby sleeping beside the woodburner adds “black to the nursery” inside the poor little thing’s lungs? Black carbon/soot is not something one should be using to decorate the nursery! Ugh.

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