You want your baby's room to be a nurturing, comforting place for your family's new addition. However, especially if you have a small budget, you want to choose colors that will allow the room's look to grow with your child without a lot of work.
When babies are first born, the only colors they can see well are black, white and grey. You'll want to introduce a few colors into baby's room, but experts recommend avoiding painting the walls red because it is the first color a baby sees, and a room with mostly red can be confusing. The best colors for babies to wake up to are shades that are softer, such as blues, greens and pinks, because a baby's eyes can perceive those colors at about the same time as they develop.
If you like, you can launch an idea for your baby's room from a nursery rhyme or children's story. Favorites include the classics "Goodnight Moon," "Peter Rabbit," or "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Consider painting a mural or even painting the words on the walls.
Neutral walls are nice if you're waiting until birth to learn your baby's gender. You can add and change framed artwork in colors you love, and neutral walls can work as your child gets older. Neutrals are also a good choice if you want to showcase bedding, a hanging quilt, wall art, photographs or heirloom furniture pieces in your baby's nursery. Neutral shades work well with either traditional or modern furnishings.
Other colors that can be gender-neutral include robin's-egg blue, sage green and golden yellow. These colors also have more staying power than traditional pastel pink and blue.
White, also a good choice for a nursery that is soothing and airy, works particularly well with traditional-style furniture and cuddly bedding.
By eschewing "babyish" pastel shades and choosing brighter hues, you can paint the room in colors that will still be appropriate as your child's own tastes develop. Your chosen colors can even go on the ceiling in a lighter hue than you would paint on the walls.
A mural can be a fun way to bring a baby's room to life, and it doesn't have to be fancy; simple blocks of color in the shapes of animals, trees or flowers will do. Keep in mind that a very "baby-themed" mural will probably need to be changed sooner than a solid wall or one with a simple stripe, damask or other pattern. You can also pair or group complementary colors together to create a cheery look.
See Also: How to Choose Paint Colors
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