Designer Jesse Tyler Ferguson dubs this shade the next big nursery color

It doesn’t matter if your nursery theme is zoo animals or outer space, painting lays the groundwork for your little one’s budding personality. Over the past few years, we’ve seen new parents ditch the traditional blue or pink walls and opt for shades of green. However, according to famed interior designer and HGTV star Breegan Jane, a new hue is on the rise. “I turned to softer colors, especially lavender,” she says.

As part of her partnership with Gerber Childrenswear and the launch of her expanded lifestyle line, Modern Moments, Jane offers all the expert advice she’s gained over her years of experience, including the outfitting Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s blue and yellow nursery. Jane revealed to us that she leans towards specific shades that have a grayish undertone and stays away from ones that are too pastel. Lately, she’s been a big fan of Farrow & Ball’s Calluna, a “tranquil lilac” that features a hint of black, the company says, so as not to bias the pink.

It’s easy to get excited and go overboard with color in a nursery, but Jane’s recipe for success is choosing a singular palette to work from. “I prefer muted tones that complement each other and don’t overwhelm the space,” she explains. “As your child grows, you’ll have the option to trade items, like artwork or lamps, for more age-appropriate pieces.” If lavender walls aren’t your thing, but you still want to partake in the designer-approved idea, shop these four kids room picks.

Dora W. Clawson