Nursery and Baby Room Colors
Great nursery colors will create a nurturing environment for your baby.
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.
Professional Muralist Michelle Morse
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based muralist Michelle Morse completed two bedrooms for the Ciotti family in just four days for a little less than $1,000 per room. Daughter Bianca's room features sweeping green vistas, and sons Luca and Vincenzo's walls are covered in a nautical, New England-style landscape.
Scale and Proportion
To add a 3-D, layered element to Bianca's room, an antique desk, passed down from her paternal grandmother, was placed directly in front of a painted tree. When incorporating tall elements, such as trees and buildings, stick with proportion and scale that work well with furniture while providing a prime vantage point for kids. If you paint them too small, they can get lost behind furniture and lose their visual impact.
Experienced muralists can take any image and make it adaptable for a wall mural. For example, local Fort Lauderdale's Nova Titans sports team has a simple logo that didn't translate well as a mural due to its lack of ornamentation and contrast. By adding layers and contrasting colors, Michelle adapted the image to create an interesting mural.
Mural costs are based on the level of skill and time required to complete the application. While a simple, graphic mural can be as quick as five hours to project and paint, designs with multiple layers and detailed elements can take up to several days. Michelle's fresco design is an example of a costly mural due to the level of difficulty and precision required for proper application.
Layering effects give murals their lifelike appearance. A white picket fence gives Bianca's room an extra layer of detail. To make the fence, cut several pieces of MDF to size with the tops mitered at two 45-degree angles. Install with a nail gun, then spackle, caulk and paint white.
Murals, specifically landscapes, can be added to at any time. Bianca's design simply called for trees and vistas. Once the project neared completion, Michelle incorporated a robin's nest into one of the trees. Since she painted the nest onto the existing surface, it took a short amount of time at little extra cost.
Color placement is key when it comes to furnishing a room with a mural. This wall is mainly blue, which creates the look and feel of a New England bay. The color is carried through to the comforter, creating a serene, consistent look.
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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