When it comes to nursery design, we’ve put the old days of drab, white walls and de-saturated pastels far behind us. Modern nursery design is about bright, bold colors and fun, playful accessories and patterns. But how do you avoid overdoing it or creating a nursery with clashing colors? Read on to learn more about how color sets the tone in a nursery, as well as some top design tips for creating a colorful room for your new child.
How Color Affects Your Baby
Though infants don’t fully develop their color vision until they’re about four months old, we now know color stimulates babies’ moods just as much as it does for adults.
Warm Colors: Warm colors like orange, yellow and red have an energizing effect. They can also improve communication skills and spark your child’s natural curiosity. While this is great when it comes to building baby’s imagination, you won’t enjoy it as much when your child enters their toddler years and bedtime becomes a nightly challenge. In a nursery design, it’s best to use warm colors sparingly. If you love these shades and are looking for a way to incorporate them, try painting just one accent wall or bringing in brightly colored furniture and accessories.
Cool Colors: Cool colors make people feel calm, relaxed and comfortable. However, despite their soothing nature, cool colors are not particularly welcoming, and can create a cold, stark and even lonely atmosphere if you go overboard with them. To soften the effect, pair cool colors with rich neutral shades, and dress up your space with rich fabrics and cozy furniture.
Color Ideas for Your Perfect Nursery
How much color you put in the nursery is entirely up to you. Remember, as a new parent, you’ll be spending almost as much time in this room as your baby will, so you should choose colors that you enjoy and that help improve your mood. You don’t want the colors to clash or be overstimulating. With that in mind, here are some ideas for shades to use in your nursery.
Green: Shades like sage and mint green are an unexpected – and gender-neutral – deviation from traditional pinks and blues. Look for cheery, spring-inspired shades that bring a touch of the outdoors in. Light green tones also pair well with white and gray, if you have neutral-colored furniture and accessories.
Yellow: Yellow is one of the happiest colors, but don’t choose a shade that’s too exuberant, or your nursery may feel more like a circus. Think legal-pad yellow, not highlighter yellow, and bring a softer vibe to the room.
Orange: Another vibrant shade, orange can be a fun addition to a nursery if you use it sparingly. Look for lighter, more pastel hues of orange. When painting with orange, it’s better to stick with just one wall to keep things from feeling overwhelming.
Purple: Though purple may seem like a somewhat unorthodox choice for a nursery, it can work well if you are having a little girl, but would prefer not to use pink. Though rich, deep purple evokes images of sophistication and royalty, you probably don’t want to go too dark with this color. Instead, look for a lighter violet with a touch of gray, which can pair excellently with neutral tones.
Play With Color for a Nursery You’ll Love
Though it’s easy to feel intimidated by the number of choices out there, use these tips to help guide you to a colorful nursery where you and your baby will both feel right at home. It’s easy and fun to decorate with color!