Colors for a Girl's Nursery

When choosing colors for your baby girl's nursery, think beyond pink. There are many shades that will bring beauty and cheer to her room.

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Baby nursery with neutral theme. The parents filed the shelving unit with books and toys. Other items are displayed on picture ledges at varying levels on the wall. The giant map on the wall shows the child they are a citizen of the world.

Baby nursery with neutral theme. The parents filed the shelving unit with books and toys. Other items are displayed on picture ledges at varying levels on the wall. The giant map on the wall shows the child they are a citizen of the world.

By: Gina Hannah

When choosing colors for your baby girl's nursery, you don't necessarily have to think pink. Nearly any color, in the right shade, can help you create the nurturing environment you want for your little one. Start with two to three colors that appeal to you, and build a great color scheme your girl will love well into her childhood years.

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For wall color with real staying power, stick with a white or neutral shade on the walls and bring more color into your baby's room through rugs, window treatments and accessories. Neutrals create a tranquil backdrop for furnishings in a wide range of styles, and looks can be changed without you having to repaint the entire room. Add fabric and accessories in pink, yellow, or even red for a color pop. Bright colors will have a longer life in the room than pastels because they aren't as juvenile. Accessory colors are easier to change than wall paint when your growing girl begins expressing her own color preferences.

If you want more color on the walls, you have many choices. For a cool and soothing look, try sea-foam or green with yellow and white fabric, furniture and other accents. This color also looks good with unpainted wood furniture. If you want a green that is a bit warmer, consider sage or a soft lime shade.

Purple is another popular nursery color. If you like a traditional and elegant look, paint the walls in your favorite shade of purple or lavender and choose furniture that is painted white. For a touch of sophistication, choose black furniture pieces.

Blue, traditionally considered a boy's room color, doesn't have to be off-limits for a little girl. Choose a cornflower blue or aqua with accents in bright pink or orange for a cheery look. Unpainted wood furniture warms a blue room nicely, and white gossamer curtains and pretty bed linens will add a feminine touch.

Yellow and orange are great for bringing warmth and cheer into a room. They are the color of choice for many school-age girls, so they won't likely need to be changed soon. Choose muted shades to avoid color overload, and add pops of bright color with accessories.

One color to avoid in large doses is red, because it can be jarring to a baby's developing eyes. However, small touches of red and other bright colors are a great way to add cheer to the nursery.

Wall murals, stencils, stripes and other touches are popular in girls' rooms. Although many younger girls like themes such as cartoon princesses, avoid these in favor of more artistic murals of trees, flowers, butterflies and bees that won't be outgrown as quickly.

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