Orange Nursery Ideas

I’ve chosen orange for the new nursery. It’s such a fun, poppy color, and it could easily work for either gender (we’re having a boy!). Once you veer from pastels though, it’s hard to find essentials for the nursery like bedding and changing pads. Here are a few of the things I’m considering for the room:

  1. Changing Pad Cover
  2. VITAMINER Baby Blanket
  3. George Ornament
  4. Side by Side Pillow
  5. Fitted Stripe Crib Sheet
  6. Plant Forms Print
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  • callie grayson
    October 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    love the colour orange for a baby nursery! can’t wait to see it completed!

  • Amanda
    October 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    You could come up with a great mobile/art out of the George ornament, I have no doubt!

  • Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)
    October 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Orange has always been my favorite color! I always feel happy when I see something orange:)

  • nikki
    October 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Very cute! We have some orange in our children’s room and it’s so bright and cheery (our four-year-old son and 18 month-old daughter share a room). We incorporated a little fuchsia for her and some green for him…both paired nicely with the orange.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

      I might work in a little green too. Orange does play nicely with a lot of colors!

  • Kigwit
    October 18, 2010 at 10:40 am

    orange is a great color! I can’t wait to see what you do.

  • Jenae
    October 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    You should pick up some vintage/retro pieces on Etsy! There are so many boho 70’s pieces that would add so much character to the nursery too.

  • Kris Mays
    October 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE orange here. My dining room is orange -it’s supposed to make you hungry and I thought it would encourage my children to eat their dinners! So far, so good. Now they’re eating me out of house and home!

    I appreciate that you are not doing the same old pastel thing. I get really tired of seeing that. Orange is happy color and I love everything you chose. Green or blue -either would be great with orange.


  • Joy
    October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I had A LOT of orange things when I had my son 3 years ago. Orange & gray stroller, orange & brown bouncer, the full-size bed in his room was done in brown, orange, & green… I loved how the warm color blended in with other warm colors in our home but was still bright & fun for a baby.

  • Danielle
    October 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Orange is my favorite color! Perfect for a baby! Are you planning on handing down Eleanors crib or buying new?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

      We’ll use the same crib. The major furniture pieces are staying the same (with the possible exception of the dresser).

  • Michelle Harrison
    October 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love the ORANGE idea. You might want to check etsy and put in orange as a search filter. There are a few things I saw there that might be nice in your nursery. I think one was an owl print on fabric? Maybe

  • Alyssa
    October 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

    My nursery/first bedroom was orange and I loved it. I had great alphabet and number wallpaper, too. Now I’m feeling a little sentimental, going to have to look for pictures!

  • Adrianne
    October 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

    We did aqua & orange for our son’s nuresery. It was so tough to find stuff (especially trying to match aqua since everything is pastel). Here’s some pics: Happy planning!

  • Melissa
    October 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Hi! I am delurking to say that my first daughter’s nursery was orange (and green, actually). Her bedding was from Dwell. It was the Motif in coral and it complemented her orange glider and orange/green/white Flor squares perfectly.
    Baby sister is now using it and it’s in great shape.

  • Melanie
    October 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I LOVE it! We did orange, blue and a hint of pink for our nursery (girl). And It was very hard to find orange accents! I am totally in love with the changing pad cover! SOLD!

  • Erika
    October 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I love that idea! Orange is one of those colors that’s been growing on me; I think it was my orange fiestaware that did it! It looks great with so many other colors.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with; I know it will be fantastic.

  • Nicole RJ
    October 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Love the non-pastel orange! I’ve run into the same problem with my nursery colour scheme and grandma-to-be has kindly offered to sew up some great crib sheets for us.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      I may have to do some sewing too. Lucky you to have a volunteer seamstress!

  • Lilly
    October 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    navy blue would look so nice with the orange! Perhaps a navy and white stripe:)

  • Michele
    October 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    This is fantastic! We are also doing our lil boy’s room (due in January) with some pops of orange!

    I am also in love with these from Land of Nod.

  • Jennifer
    October 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m doing an orange nursery too! well, more of a green nursery with orange accents. and i’ve had my eye on those same striped crib sheets – love them. we’ve decided NOT to find out the gender, so its been even more important to pick fun, gender neutral colors, and you’re right – its hard to find non-pastels. can’t wait to see how everything turns out in your little ones space!

  • Jill Seidner | Interior Design
    October 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Love the color scheme (love orange!) Congrats on a baby boy!

  • waterlooheather
    October 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you! I’m thinking of a baby blue nursery with some orange accents, but have been having trouble finding anything modern and cute in orange. This couldn’t have come at a better time.


  • Holly
    October 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I LOVE the orange theme and thought straight away of – wondered if you’ve stumbled across?

    • Camellia
      October 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      I love ducduc! And orange is a great color for cheering up any room.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      I hadn’t seen that, thanks!

  • Nicole
    October 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    we love our orange daschund night light, and it’s super cute when lit. It also has a great subdued and relaxing feel when on at night…

  • Valerie
    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    LOVE IT! I did my master bedroom in orange and gray, it’s my favorite room in the house! Can’t wait to see how your nursery turns out!

  • Nicole
    October 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    oh, and one other thing you might love is this wall art from Cosas Minimas, a Spanish artist on etsy, it really tied in a few orange things in our little one’s room and we’ve gotten so manyh compliments on her art.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      Yep, I’ve had them in my ‘hearts’ on Etsy for quite some time now. :)

  • Mary Peyton
    October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Here! I made the perfect set for you: But if you are not in to “sets”, you can just get the sheets! I think the orange plaid and the wheels fabric would be great for your sunny orange nursery.

  • jbhat
    October 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Great choice! Very versatile color. Can’t wait to see the progress.


  • Lizzie
    October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    We have an orange nursery for our daughter, Olivia. I was worried it was coming off as too masculine *we started before we knew the gender* so I threw some pink elements in.

    Eleanor’s nursery was inspiration for our own so I know Baby Boy’s will look fab!! Looking forward to pics!!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Sweet nursery! I love orange and pink together too.

  • whitney
    October 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    olli and lime has a lot of cute nursery items, there billie line is orange based as well. love the orange idea!

  • Alex T
    October 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi! Just wanted to recommend the Hemmet Rug from IKEA! I bought it for my toddler’s new room and I am so happy with it. It is a great shade of orange, is wool, sturdy and you don’t see a lot of dirt! You can see it here:

  • Jena @ Simply Lush Living
    October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love this color choice. The changing pad in particular strikes me as a great idea…..that color should hide stains well!

  • christine
    October 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I love orange for a nursey- my favourite combo would be pairing it with turquoise or royal blue. I saw these two rugs in orange that I thought you might like-
    1. pricey but adorable
    Or how about this wallpaper (I am using the white/turquoise colourway for my son’s nursery) by Hygge and West- sooo sweet.–west/daydream-wallpaper—blue/
    Good luck putting the nursery together- there’s nothing more fun than decorating a little one’s room and I’m sure it will be adorable:)

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      I love the JA rug, but I think we’re keeping the white rug we already have. Plus I don’t have $1000 for a new one right now. ;)

  • Hanna
    October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    you need this!

  • April Johnson
    October 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve been incorporating orange into our bedroom, and I love it. I am excited to see how the nursery turns out.

  • Averill
    October 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m going with orange and aqua and was thinking about getting that striped crib sheet, too!

  • EmmmyLizzzy
    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Great color choice – can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • sonya
    October 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    is the nursery complete?
    I too am doing my sons room in orange, but can’t for the life of me determine how much orange. Stripes with taupe? Colour block with grey? Orange circles against tan? Half wall in orange…and the ideas go on. Did you finish it? Love to see it!

  • kribss
    October 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    if no one’s mentioned it you should check out ollie and lime

    i love their stuff!

  • Paty Fontes
    October 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I think it will turn great! I think it is a really happy color!!! My only concern: I heard that orange and yellow are not the best choice for nurseries, since they may make the child more anxious… Do you really think it is true? ARe you painting the crib orange? I have seen such beautiful nurseries in orange and yellow….

    • Nicole
      October 19, 2010 at 2:34 am

      We had a baby who was the WORST sleeper (and her bedroom had terracotta orange walls). Nothing seemed to help and I really did try everything. Finally, I talked my husband into painting out the orange, since I had also heard about this being a bad color for babies, and miracle of miracles, the child now sleeps through the night. I can’t prove that the pale blue walls are the decisive factor, but if I were you, I might stick to orange accesories that can be changed out if you need to.

    • A
      October 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      I’ve actually heard that infants can actually only see contrast anyway.

  • cristina
    October 19, 2010 at 1:38 am

    i love orange, perfect for my little boy Giovanni and for your babyboy too!!!!!!!!!!!!! (orange + grey !!)


  • A
    October 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Oh and I love the swaddle designs blankets, so cute and in orange! I think you can get them from

  • Jordan
    October 19, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Love to see that you’re doing a orange nursery!! I’m excited to see how it turns out, Eleanor’s nursery was beautiful! We are having a baby the end of March and I’ve already started planning by using a mood board. I’m doing Navy with accents of brown and pops of orange! My inspiration was the Keith Haring print Mother and Child. Check it out:

  • Danielle
    October 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

    What a happy color for a nursery. Orange is so versatile, too! I hope you post pictures, I’d love to see it!

  • gia
    October 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hi Nicole: I love the orange nursery! I did a bright purple nursery for my daughter and also had to do a lot of searching for accessories, bedding, etc. that went with my color scheme as everything was lavender and the purple we used is much deeper. As a present to my daughter, I purchased custom bedding from etsy, as we were lucky enough to have everything else purchased for us.

    I was so happy with the end product and they were great to work with!

    Here is a link to our nursery!

  • Diapers-n-Heels
    October 19, 2010 at 11:37 am

    LOVE IT!!!

  • Catherine
    October 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I have been hoping you would start posting this!!! I loved Eleanor’s nursery and I’m sure you little man’s will be just as awesome! I saw this (outrageously priced) bedding and the design and artwork reminded me of your style.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the nursery :)

  • Heidi
    October 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I feel your pain – my daughter’s nursery is lime green. Like you said, it was a bit of a challenge finding the basics like sheets and blankets. The decorative stuff was way easier. I love your picks so far! And congratulations!

  • cassie @ hi sugarplum!
    October 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I love that color…I gave my son a room makeover with orange being the dominant accent. You can check it out on my blog. Granted it’s not a nursery, but you get the idea of the pop color!

  • Alyssa Coberly
    October 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    we did orange for my nephews suprise room redo … and one of favorite things were some circle rugs we found in the bath section of Ikea (booyah!) not the best pictures but hey :0)

    scroll to the bottom — you cant miss the giant orange dots :0)

  • Savanna
    October 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Love this! I’m a big fan of orange lately…

  • Kristin
    October 19, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I LOVE this for a nursery. It’s so vibrant and would look lovely with green/turquoise/navy…. yummy.

  • Pencils
    October 20, 2010 at 5:39 am

    ooh, love the orange nursery idea! I had been planning an orange & bright pink nursery, but by the time we bought our house and moved in and our daughter had a room of her own, she was eighteen months old and I was thinking of little girl’s grooms, not nurseries. So the orange and pink turned into coral. Still, I had a lot of orange ideas.

    Someone else posted the Litto Magic Garden fish bedding, which is great stuff. Very high quality, adorable orange fish. Must get ready for work, but I’ll see if I can think of stuff later! Other than I adore this quilt, don’t know if you’re crafty that way or know someone who is, the fabrics are listed in the comments:

  • Holly
    October 20, 2010 at 6:42 am

    i would have never thought of orange for a nursery, but i’m loving what you’ve picked out so far!

  • Claire
    October 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Love this! I thought I should mention though that I have those sheets and they drive me a bit batty. They are super stretchy so they tend to bunch. Very soft but the stripes always look a bit messy. I thought you might like to know. Good luck with the nursery planning! I can’t wait to see it come together.

  • orange sugar
    October 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Love orange. Check out Alexander Henry 2D zoo ( Birch fabrics has some great orange prints too ( (

  • christina
    October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    You said you may work in a little green. I thought I’d share my idea, which you may love or hate. I love orange -bright orange, my fav. colour. But I love working it with the right turquoise, purple and grass green. I therefore love peacock feathers. If you look at alexander henry, he has an awesome peacock fabric, but the pattern is a bit big. And it’s ambiguous and bright, so very unisex. HOpe it helps inspire.

  • Wiggs (The Beholder)
    October 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I’m de-lurking to ask if you’ve seen the Gossip Girl nursery. They have this ADORABLE orange monkey wallpaper that I have decided will grace the walls of my future baby’s nursery. If you do a Google search for Gossip Girl nursery you should find some inspiration. :)

  • Wiggs (The Beholder)
    October 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I just got all distracted trying to stalk the Gossip Girl nursery and stumbled on this – look at the diaper thingy at the bottom! Orange!! And amazing. :)

  • erin pearce
    October 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    glad to hear you are going with orange! we painted our nursery a bright sherbet orange over the summer when we had our ultrasound and our baby didn’t want to show us what it was (the ultrasound tech thought it was a girl but wasn’t reall sure) so we decided on orange because its very gender neutral- can go very girly or very boyish! everyone thought we were crazy for going with such a bold bright color but all the white molding and doors tone it down and we love it! since we did end up having a girl we added pink to the orange and white and its absolutely adorable! but i LOVE orange, blue, and green for a little boy!

  • erin pearce
    October 21, 2010 at 12:08 am

    not that you need any decorating help because your home is lovely, but this was a moodboard i was going with before we found out if we were having a girl or boy and i was looking for other colors to go with the orange.

    i love that 2d zoo fabric!

  • kristen k.
    October 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

    i love the orange idea! an eye-catching departure from the normal baby blue or green.

    okay, this has nothing to do with babies, but i ran across an “orange” post on one of my other favorite blogs today that i just had to share!

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  • kia
    October 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    i cannot wait to see what you do with the orange color scheme. i am struggling now to pull together my 2 month old daughters nursery strictly designed around nurseryworks macaroni pumpkin crib set. i’m open to suggestions from anyone :/

  • Marisha Yates
    April 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I’m impressed with your presented ideas! You definitely get an excellent mind. :) Even though, I don’t know exactly what words to use to thank you but I have to admit I learned a lot. Keep going!