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5 Tips For Selecting Colors For Your Nursery

by April Carlson

Expecting a new baby is an exciting time for most parents, and one of the most exciting tasks to do before the new baby is born is to set up the nursery. One of your first decisions that will allow you to begin designing your nursery is which colors you will use. Before you get swept into the pastel pinks and blues of traditional nurseries, you should consider these five tips for selecting nursery colors that will benefit everyone in your family. 

Be Aware Of How Color Can Affect Your Baby Emotionally 

Color psychology studies the various effects that color has on humans. For example, warm colors such as reds and oranges are known to be energizing whereas cool colors such as blues and greens are known to be calming. You can pick appropriate colors for your nursery by determining what will be the primary activities in the nursery. For example, if the nursery is solely for sleeping, you may want to stick with cool shades and earth tones. However, if the nursery is also for play you may want to explore warm color combinations as well. 

Select High-Contrast Images But Avoid Over Stimulating Your Baby 

If you will be using wall paper or vinyl stickers in your room, it is a good idea to select patterns that have a high contrast, such as simple black and white patterns. This is because high-contrast images help train your baby to focus and allow their mind to relax when they are overstimulated by a confusing, complicated world. You may choose to apply wallpaper to one wall in your nursery and paint the other walls. Alternatively, you may want to paint the entire room and then apply high-contrast decorations near your baby's crib. 

Consider How Colors Will Look In Different Lights 

Your nursery will likely experience different types of light throughout the day. For example, you may have the curtains open during the daytime, allowing natural light into the room. However, you may use a low-light nightlight during nighttime feedings. It is important to consider how the colors will look under these different lighting schemes. It is possible for a color that looks soothing and warm at night to be too bright and stimulating under direct sunlight. Similarly, a color that feels cozy during the day could feel suffocating in low-light conditions. 

Consider How Your Child Will View The Room As They Grow 

Many parents paint the nursery in pastel colors that are associated with infants. However, if you do not plan to re-paint the room as your child grows, you may want to select a more neutral color or a color that is considered slightly more adult. This way, your five-year-old will not complain about having a baby's room. To make sure you have selected an appropriate color, you should think about how your furniture choices will change as your child ages and whether they will match the paint. Of course, you can skip this step if you plan on repainting the room when your child is a toddler or in preschool. 

Consider How You Will Feel In The Room 

It is important to recognize that the nursery is for you as much as for your baby. It should be a place where you feel comfortable bonding with and caring for your baby. You should choose a color that both you and your spouse enjoy. For example, if you are not interested in spending time in a frilly pink room, you might skip the pink paint and opt for neutrals or a color that you prefer. 

It is a good idea to start your search for the perfect color early and try a few samples in the nursery before you make your final decision. You may also want to consider hiring a painting company like Above Average Painting & Drywall for a professional-quality paint job.