Furniture with a distressed, pink finish adds originality to a nursery decorated in a trendy pink and brown color scheme.

How to Design a Nursery in Pink & Brown

by Karen Watts Perkins

Like the inside of a box of chocolates, the colors pink and brown make a sweet combination for a nursery. The color scheme is a popular choice for baby girls, so finding ready-made bedding, window treatments and decorative accessories is easy. Choosing a theme helps focus the decorating process. Cupcakes, sock monkeys and owls look good with pink and brown, or keep it simple with stripes and polka-dots. As you decorate a pink and brown nursery, consider ways to personalize it through handmade pieces, vintage finds or unique approaches, such as using hot pink instead of the typical pastel shades.


Pink and brown are obvious paint choices when designing this nursery. Choose pink for a light, feminine space. Pick brown for a darker, moodier room. Or use them both by painting three walls a shade of pink, and let the fourth be a canvas for pink and brown patterns. Paint chevron stripes, stick on vinyl polka-dots, or cover in damask-print wallpaper. The wall automatically becomes the focal point of the room.


Before choosing window treatments for a pink and brown nursery, you should assess the room's style. If it is a formal space, long, full drapes add a luxurious touch. If it is more playful, a simple Roman shade works well with a casual environment. For either style, look for fabrics that you can mix and match to create custom curtains. Start with a pattern, such as pink floral or toile de Jouy, and trim in brown ribbon. Or use a solid-color base fabric and add contrasting fabric as a border.


Dark wood furniture, such as an espresso or walnut finish, fits in well with a pink and brown nursery. White is always a good neutral, but a dresser or table painted pink adds a personalized element to the space. Search thrift stores or family heirlooms for these pieces, which also gives vintage appeal to the trendy color scheme. Place the crib in front of the wall created with pink and brown patterns to make it the most important piece you see in the room.


Choose accessories for a pink and brown nursery based on the theme you choose. Look for table lamp bases, framed artwork and decorative figurines shaped like the characters of the theme, whether it is a decorated cupcake or a fanciful owl. For the floor, a pink and brown dotted rug works with most themes and is useful even after baby outgrows the original nursery theme. Go with a basic mix of stripes, dots and solids for the crib bedding, but consider a theme-appropriate throw or pillow to place on a rocking chair.

About the Author

Karen Watts Perkins is a writer with a background in interior design and a master's degree in journalism. Her work has appeared in Southern Living and Lowe's Creative Ideas for Home and Garden, as well as local publications. She also writes about party ideas and celebrating everyday moments at

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