Serena Williams's nursery trailblazes the boldest and most surprising color trend of 2024 – designers love it

We didn't expect to see this shade popping up in so many baby rooms this year, but experts say we should

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Would you decorate your nursery in bright red and orange? Light and pastel colors have long been the standard for decorating baby rooms, but that is rapidly changing. Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian announced the birth of their second daughter, baby Adira earlier this week, and her nursery is one of the coolest we've seen. 

Serena innovatively decorated the nursery in a glamorous red and orange color scheme. The baby's room features a deep red crib with curtains over it accented by a gold crown wall hanging. Orange floral decals creep up the wall made functional by shelves holding toys and baby supplies. This is a nursery idea we'd love to replicate.

Sara Adam Slywka, co-founder at Nestig states: 'Babies are mesmerized by high contrast color combinations. Often you'll see this in black and white toys and books but you don't have to make your nursery black and white to get the effect! A neutral background with pops of color can help accomplish the same effect. Plus, the vibrant colors can help put you in a playful mood when you're spending time with your little one!' Clearly, the color combination is a winner for baby and kid rooms

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Sara Adam Slywka

Sara is a co-founder of modern nursery company Nestig. She is passionate about designing furniture and décor with form and function in mind for infants. At Nestig, she creates furnishings with more than one use for unique and useable nurseries.

Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens adds: 'I love how the white in Serena's color scheme for baby Adira grounds the entire look. If everything was orange and red, it might look too overwhelming, but the white with pops of color keeps the room calming and bold at the same time.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Even better, this gender-neutral nursery decor is good for busy parents because of the white grounding its bright color scheme. Sara states: 'Most parents we work with want their nurseries to feel like a space where they can exhale—a peaceful sanctuary where they can spend uninterrupted quality time with their little ones. The white helps to create this calming effect, while the pops of color keep things feeling fresh and modern, bringing in a sense of childlike wonder to an otherwise very chill room.'

Though this color scheme is untraditional, it is emerging as a hugely popular interior design trend. Sara continues, 'I definitely think we're going to see more bold colors in nurseries soon. The trends for the last few years have been all about traditional, neutral colors but we've been starting to see a rise in nurseries that feature really bold, stand-out colors and design. Self-expression is so huge with Millenials and Gen Z and I think we'll see that continue to extend beyond just social media and fashion and into the home as well.'


If you've been searching for an unconventional color scheme for your nursery, Serena Williams's space just might be the inspiration you need. Decorating with orange is not for the faint of heart, but that's all the more reason to try it. 

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.