You’ve been pinning nursery inspiration since before you were even pregnant.
Now it is finally time to start creating your dream nursery for your little one. You know you want to paint the room, but choosing a color has you a little frazzled.
Here are a few things to consider to help make the entire decorating process a little simpler.
Create a Mood Board for the Project
You’ve got a ton of decisions to make, so avoid getting overwhelmed by the decorating process.
By creating a mood board, you can identify what you really want for the nursery.
You can do this digitally, on Pinterest or another app, or you can make a poster board using material samples and image clippings.
This is helpful because the act of creating a physical mood board can help you to flesh out ideas and make critical design decisions.
Having a digital version is useful because you can access it easily while you are out shopping.
Whichever version you decide to make, be sure to do a few rounds of editing to ensure a curated final result that isn’t cluttered.
What to Include on Your Mood Board
Start with your must-have items.
This may be a crib that you’ve been eyeing since you saw that positive pregnancy test, an antique dresser from your grandmother or a cozy glider and ottoman set that perfectly marries your idea of form and function.
From there, consider what items you need and what you already have.
For instance, if you already have a side table for next to the glider, that color or wood finish should inform other design decisions for the nursery.
Your mood board should also include a color palette that includes the main colors and finishes used throughout the space, as well as any accent colors.
Add in any remaining items on your to-buy list to ensure that everything will complement each other well.
Choosing the Wall Color
Once you have identified your desired color palette for the nursery, determine which of those colors you would like to paint the walls.
Will you paint all of the walls the same color or mix it up by painting an accent wall a different color or adorning it with a mural?
Consider the size of the room as well. For instance, dark colors can make a small room seem even more cramped.
If the room lacks natural light, it’s even more important to choose a lighter, brighter hue. Color psychology is another element to consider to help the nursery be a calming and zen space for both your baby and you.
For example, pale yellow, green, blue and white and all colors that can evoke a sense of tranquility and happiness.
Finding the Right Paint
Conventional paint contains harsh chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These have been linked to respiratory issues, especially in vulnerable populations like young children.
Avoid these issues by choosing a paint that is low-VOC or no-VOC.
The color selection may be slightly more limited, but it’s well worth it for your baby’s health and your peace of mind.
After painting the room, be sure to keep the room well ventilated and allow plenty of time for it to air out.
Off-gassing should diminish within two to three days.
Choosing a paint color for your baby’s nursery can seem overwhelming at first.
But by taking these steps to plan out the details of the nursery and choosing a product with minimal toxicity, you can make the process much easier.
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