The Turquoise Crib Bedding Nursery Design Challenge

The Turquoise Crib Bedding Nursery Design Challenge

My youngest child isn’t a baby anymore, but I still get excited when a friend is expecting and starts telling me about their nursery plans. A friend of mine recently wanted to have a water birth, and along with that, she wanted a nursery that reflected her love of the ocean and water. In fact, she told me her baby was conceived during a romantic beachside interlude on an anniversary trip to the beautiful white sand beaches of Aruba. Her inspiration started with a turquoise crib bedding set she was given when she announced her pregnancy, and it pretty much went from there. She asked me to help her pick out some coordinating or highlighting colors that would make people not immediately think because there’s blue in the nursery she was having a boy. In truth, my friend has opted to keep the sex of her baby unknown until this baby decides it’s time to arrive.

What Colors Look Great with Turquoise?

Turquoise Crib Bedding

Finding coordinating and contrasting colors for turquoise is easy when you utilize a color wheel. I bought one at an art supply for less than fifty cents, and I keep it handy to use when I’m choosing colors for paint or decor. Once side has coordinating colors and the flip side has contrasting colors, so it’s fast and easy to see what colors make other colors pop in a decor. Colors that go well with turquoise are navy blue, bright red, and lime green. Also umber brown or mustard yellow look amazing with turquoise and evoke a “beach” feel. For more colors to use in the room, break down the colors that make up turquoise. Light blue and green are the colors used. More blue will make a darker turquoise. More yellow will result in a brighter shade of turquoise.

Ideas to Make Turquoise Crib Bedding the Focal Point of the Room

Turquoise Crib Bedding


Since we wanted to make this baby nursery have tranquility and serenity, we used the water design on the bedding set as the focal point and took our colors from the various water on the bedding. There was also a light shell design scattered over the bedding with soft white shells, shaded in mustard. With random specks of lime green used throughout the bedding. We used these colors in the other items around the room to call back to the bedding.

Things We Won’t Be Doing

Turquoise Crib Bedding

One thing we didn’t bother doing was just going for an entire nursery in turquoise. No one wants to be in a one-note room and certainly not your baby. We opted instead to use no turquoise items in the room besides the bedding and window treatments. So the bedding remained the focal point of the room and nothing distracted from it.

What We Ended Up With in the Finished Nursery

Turquoise Crib Bedding

Once we decided to have one major piece of turquoise in the room, it was a fun challenge to find a piece that would coordinate and in some cases, contrast with the main color theme. We used the white and mustard shaded shells in the crib bedding for a small baby dresser and changing table. The crib was also white and mustard. For the walls, we painted them a lime green and matched the window treatments with the bedding. We found this amazing mobile in a vintage shop with softly lighted shells, changing the light from a soft white to a soft blue, made it look incredible in the room. The result was a soothing, tranquil little nook that baby will be very relaxed in.

This was a very fun challenge, and it involved a color I never really thought of as a “baby” color for a nursery. The turquoise crib bedding turned out to be the perfect backdrop. My friend was very happy with the outcome of this nursery design too! Would ever consider doing something like this for your nursery?

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