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Refreshingly Refined: 20 Nurseries in Yellow and Gray

If there is one color combination that offers the perfect blend of vivacious energy and contemporary elegance, it is yellow and gray. Whether it is in dashing dining rooms or beautiful bedrooms, this is a color duo that couples the timeless radiance of yellow with the trendy presence of gray. Offering a compromise between bright cheerfulness and modern sophistication, this happening color combo works amazingly well in the nursery as well. The best part about it is that you can easily fashion a gender neutral space with yellow and gray that can later be turned into a baby boy or girls’ nursery with the addition of a third hue.

Gray and white chevron stripes coupled with pops of yellow in the contemporary nursery Refreshingly Refined: 20 Nurseries in Yellow and Gray
Gray and white chevron stripes coupled with pops of yellow in the contemporary nursery [Design: Carousel Designs]

The trend of turning towards gray and using it to replace white has been around for a few years now, and homeowners have embraced this swap gleefully. Cleverly placed pops of yellow can turn this seemingly monotonous gray setting into a vibrant and attractive room; something that is an absolute must for the nursery. From sun-kissed delights to those that fully embrace the charm of yellow, here is a roundup of the 20 best nursery designs in yellow and gray –

A Cozy, Yellow Backdrop

Much like the many shades of gray that can vary between the bold and the understated, yellow also boasts a wide spectrum of hues that can be easily used to craft the backdrop of a warm, inviting nursery. Those wanting to use yellow as the dominant hue in the nursery should carefully consider the lighting in the room, its size and the style they wish to achieve before committing to it. Too much yellow can seem gaudy, but shades such as light yellow, Crayola, cream and mellow yellow are perfect for a modern nursery with a comforting and radiant backdrop. Use gray in these rooms to anchor the space and provide visual balance.

Comforting and mellow shade of yellow creates a warm, inviting backdrop in the nursery [Design: Maracay Homes Design Studio]
Comforting and mellow shade of yellow creates a warm, inviting backdrop in the nursery [Design: Maracay Homes Design Studio]
Beautiful wallpaper brings yellow while the crib adds gray to the modern nursery [Design: Niche Interiors]
Beautiful wallpaper brings yellow while the crib adds gray to the modern nursery [Design: Niche Interiors]
Balance a nursery dominated by yellow with gray [Design: Meritage Homes]
Balance a nursery dominated by yellow with gray [Design: Meritage Homes]
Paper lanterns bring additional color to this nursery in yellow and gray [Design: Robin Colton Studio]
Paper lanterns bring additional color to this nursery in yellow and gray [Design: Robin Colton Studio]
Comfy gray chair provides contrast to the lovely yellow backdrop in the nursery [Design: Victoria Elizabeth Design]
Comfy gray chair provides contrast to the lovely yellow backdrop in the nursery [Design: Victoria Elizabeth Design]

Drapes n’ Rugs

Not interested in using yellow extensively in the nursery? That is barely a problem, as there are plenty of other ways that you can bring yellow to the room of your little darling. This is where you turn to gray and use it as the primary color of the room, while yellow plays a striking supporting cast in the form of fabulous rugs and energetic curtains. Drapes are arguably the easiest way of adding yellow to the gray nursery without disturbing it too much, and you can always opt for new curtains as soon as your little one (or maybe it is you) is bored with yellow!

Custom wall mural combines just a hint of yellow with shades of gray [Design: Leclair Décor / Photo: Sacha Leclair]
Custom wall mural combines just a hint of yellow with shades of gray [Design: Leclair Décor / Photo: Sacha Leclair]
Striped rug adds brightness to the transitional nursery [Design: Alykhan Velji Design / Bookstrucker Photography]
Striped rug adds brightness to the transitional nursery [Design: Alykhan Velji Design / Bookstrucker Photography]
Repeating the accent color in the nursery to give it a curated appeal [Design: Orbit Homes]
Repeating the accent color in the nursery to give it a curated appeal [Design: Orbit Homes]
Drapes in yellow can alter the appeal of the neutral nursery space instantly [From: I like it, I love it!]
Drapes in yellow can alter the appeal of the neutral nursery space instantly [From: I like it, I love it!]

A Hint of Radiance

Do not discount the charm and allure of yellow, even if it only makes a cameo appearance in the nursery. In fact, with gray and its many shades shaping the walls, floor and ceiling, yellow accents seem even more prominent and impressive. A lovely table lamp with a golden lamp shade, a small box on the changing table clad in bright yellow, a delightful Moroccan pouf in glittering mango yellow or even just an accent pillow and throw in this beaming hue; the tiniest infusion of yellow will instantly grab the attention of your little one. Just remember, though, that the more neutral a room, the greater the visual impact of these smart additions.

Amazing nursery in gray with gold and yellow accents [From: Fox Design Studio]
Amazing nursery in gray with gold and yellow accents [From: Fox Design Studio]
Even the smallest hints of yellow shine through brightly in a nursery with neutral gray backdrop [Design: Veridian Homes / Photography: Jaclyn Tyler]
Even the smallest hints of yellow shine through brightly in a nursery with neutral gray backdrop [Design: Veridian Homes / Photography: Jaclyn Tyler]
Turquoise, yellow and gray shape a stunningly elegant boys' nursery [Design: Karen B Wolf Interiors]
Turquoise, yellow and gray shape a stunningly elegant boys’ nursery [Design: Karen B Wolf Interiors]
Yellow makes a big visual impact in this gray nursery despite its limited use
Yellow makes a big visual impact in this gray nursery despite its limited use
Minimal approach to the use of yellow in the nursery [Design: AbbyElle Style]
Minimal approach to the use of yellow in the nursery [Design: AbbyElle Style]

A Celebration of Pattern

A nursery in yellow and gray is surely not just all about color and class! There is plenty of scope to add attractive motifs and trendy patterns here, and one can start off simple with a striped accent wall or a rug carrying a chevron pattern. Wallpaper with a geometric pattern and custom wall decals that range from the outlandish to the exquisite take this lovely pattern to a whole new level. It is also best to add additional layers of color that go along well with gray and yellow, as research suggests that nurseries overloaded with neutral, muted hues can have a negative effect on kids.

Nagoya Allover Stencil fashions the striking backdrop in this nursery [Design: Janna Makaeva/Cutting Edge Stencils]
Nagoya Allover Stencil fashions the striking backdrop in this nursery [Design: Janna Makaeva/Cutting Edge Stencils]
Small nursery with chevron pattern rug and striped wall [Design: Home & Stone/ Photography: Donald Grant]
Small nursery with chevron pattern rug and striped wall [Design: Home & Stone/ Photography: Donald Grant]
Gray, yellow and white modern nursery with a cool ambiance [Design: Karen Chien]
Gray, yellow and white modern nursery with a cool ambiance [Design: Karen Chien]
Fabulous wallpaper brings yellow to the gray nursery in style [Design: Samantha Culbreath / Beckwith Interiors / Photography: Chip Pankey]
Fabulous wallpaper brings yellow to the gray nursery in style [Design: Samantha Culbreath / Beckwith Interiors / Photography: Chip Pankey]
Spacious playroom and nursery rolled into one [Design: Studio G+S Architects]
Spacious playroom and nursery rolled into one [Design: Studio G+S Architects]

When it comes to finding the right balance between excitement and rest, yellow and gray come up trumps. This is probably the single biggest reason for why you should try them out in the nursery!

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