baby room paint colors

Painting the nursery can be an exciting time as you prepare for the baby to arrive. But it can also be overwhelming because you’re going to have a lot of choices to make — from choosing the color and finish to deciding when you actually start painting, there are some pretty important factors to consider. So let’s explore a few simple tips to help you along with the process of painting your baby’s room.

Start With the Basics

Before you actually start painting, there’s some planning you’ll need to do. You should start with the simple stuff, like figuring out how much paint you’ll need. This is especially important if you’re trying to stick to a budget for the nursery. You should also figure out what kind of work you have to get done before you actually start painting. Removing wallpaper, sanding, and priming can all take quite a bit of time and effort, so make sure to know what you’re getting yourself into.

You also need to do some research — choosing paint isn’t as easy as going to the store and picking a nice color. Some factors you should consider are the finish the paint will have and how durable it will be. With a baby and eventually a toddler, you’re going to be cleaning the walls quite a bit. So choose a paint that can withstand damage and cleanings with ease. Overall, it’s important to have a good plan and have all of your ducks in a row before you start painting.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Nine months seems like a long time, but it flies by quicker than you’d think. This is why it’s important to not wait until the last minute to start painting the nursery. You should give yourself a few months to paint — which means you should settle on a color and type of paint within the first few months of the pregnancy.

Starting early will be beneficial for a number of reasons. First, if you’re indecisive, you’ll have plenty of time to make a decision. This way, you can change your mind a few times and still have time to paint. And when it comes to actually painting, starting early will allow you to avoid trying to paint when you’re seven or eight months pregnant and really uncomfortable. This will also provide enough time for any paint fumes to leave the room before the baby comes. All in all, starting earlier rather than later will give you time to get everything done and enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy without worrying about finishing the nursery.

Be Mindful of Chemicals

While parents no longer have to worry about buying paint containing lead, there are other chemical concerns we still need to keep in mind. The main concern in the paint world is volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are essentially toxins released into the air that can be really harmful if you inhale them. Fortunately, more and more paint brands are producing VOC-free paints — which are something you should definitely consider for a nursery. It’s also important to consider things like fungicides and pigments that are in paint, both of which can have adverse health effects. So when you’re shopping for paints, make sure you know what exactly is in the paint you’re buying. And remember, paint fumes can take a few months to leave once a room has been painted, so even if you get VOC-free paint, make sure you give the room enough time to clear out.

Choose the Right Color

Choosing the color of a nursery is often the fun part for the parents. However, it can be difficult to settle on a color, especially since there are so many different shades of just one color. You may have a theme in mind for the nursery, which can help guide you in the direction of picking a color. But did you know that certain colors can affect your baby’s mood? While this isn’t the only factor to consider, it’s certainly something you should think about. So with that in mind, here are a few colors you may want to consider for the nursery.

  • Yellow produces cheerful, energetic feelings. However, go with a more subtle shade rather than a bright shade to avoid overwhelming with color.
  • Purple evokes feelings of both calmness and luxury. Choosing a pastel shade can give the room an overall feeling of relaxation while still producing an elegant vibe.
  • Green creates a calm and natural-feeling environment. Green makes a great color for nurseries because it can stimulate thinking and concentration.
  • Brown fabricates a grounded feeling since it’s so often found in nature. Mixing varying shade of dark and light brown can create a calm and nurturing environment.
  • White brings out feelings of innocence and purity, which makes it a common choice for nursery paint. However, white should be mixed with other colors to avoid creating a hospital-like feeling.

As you can see, there are a lot of important factors to consider when it comes to painting a nursery. So keep these tips in mind and you’ll have the perfect nursery for the newest addition to your family in no time.