Expecting a child is an exciting time for any couple. There are so many things to take care of before your little bundle of joy arrives, and one of those things includes preparing a nursery. Your design preferences can evolve from your aesthetic, the sex of the baby, activities you would like the child to be involved in, current trends, and so on. From children’s books to nature, here are some paint ideas you could consider for your new nursery.
1. Pick a General Color Theme
Before you begin shopping for furniture, toys, and accessories, consider picking an overall color theme for the room. Your local interior painters can help you with this process. The reality is there is no wrong color to pick for your baby’s nursery. According to IBISWorld, there are 232,080 house painting and decorating contractors in the U.S. as of 2023, so you have many professionals to pick from.
Do you plan to wait to learn the gender once your baby is born? If so, you can have fun with the pink and blue concept by combining them in the same room. Unsure how that will work? Leave it up to the interior painters to have fun with it. Why not go neutral with a nice solid purple that can work for any gender? Of course, you can pick a color theme based on something you like. If red is your favorite color, you can create a nursery incorporating themes or hints of red. Having a red, yellow, or orange-themed nursery is a great idea since children tend to love bold and bright colors in their younger years anyway. Therefore, if you decide to transition the same nursery into your child’s bedroom, you may already have a head start by starting with those bold primary colors.
2. Focus on a Children’s Book
Most adults have a favorite children’s book that’s still in their hearts. It’s hard to find an adult who didn’t read Charlotte’s Web and remembers it fondly. In addition to Charlotte’s Web, a classic list of beloved children’s books includes Winnie the Pooh, anything from Doctor Seuss, Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Harry Potter, and Where the Wild Things Are. Interior painters can incorporate these children’s book themes with paint by using colors from the books. Doctor Seuss’s books often incorporated lots of blues, greens, and reds, while Winnie the Poo, often used soft yellows and greens. Once painters have the base color down, they can further go with the theme by using accent colors to bring in the feel of the book.
3. Use Nature for Inspiration
It’s never too soon to begin exposing your child to the wonders of nature. Start by picking a natural theme, such as a forest, the jungle, or the sea. Go beyond the atmosphere and focus on a space-themed room. If you decide on a forest or jungle theme, painters could begin with the green shade of your choice. The base for your green walls can be Sage, Lime Green, Mint Green, etc. If you want an excuse to start with blue walls, an Under the Sea theme is the right choice. In addition to representing the main colors you’ll see in nature, blue and green are known to have a common effect on the mind and body. You can further add to the theme by stenciling images of animals on the walls or adding framed pictures.
4. Center Around a Mural
As your interior painters get to work, it would be a good idea to see if they can also create a mural. A mural is a great excuse to have a bold accent wall that can also cater to the overall theme a baby would love. You can further develop the ideas above into one mural contrasted against three other solid-colored walls. A custom paint job with bold swirls or lines can be incredibly stimulating for your baby.
5. Go Bold With Patterns
As your baby develops, it’ll need all the stimulation possible. Patterns like stripes and polka dots are a great way to bring energy into the nursery while teaching the baby about shapes over time. With polka dots and stripes, you don’t have to just stick with two colors. You could mix and match colors throughout each dot or stripe. If you don’t want the room to look too busy, you can incorporate the polka dots or stripes onto one wall. For an even effect, contrast two neutral walls with two patterned walls. The way you use the stripes can also create an illusion of space. If you have a room with a low ceiling, vertical stripes can make your nursery appear taller. However, horizontal stripes can give the appearance that the room is wider.
6. Create an Accent Wall
Do you want a splash of color in a nursery but don’t want to go too crazy? The best thing you can do is have one accent wall and keep everything else neutral or white. That way your accent wall will give you the space in your nursery to have some energetic elements without overstimulating the baby. Painters can further incorporate the accent wall color in the trimming around other elements of the room.
7. Stay Neutral
There’s nothing wrong with keeping your baby’s nursery neutral. Neutral colors such as white, off-white, beige, taupe, or gray provide a solid base for you to play around with other elements of the room. A white nursery also gives an overall sense of cleanliness and open space. Gray also creates a sense of sophistication. Keeping the color neutral can also work well for psychological reasons. According to the Spruce, these neutral colors provide a serene and peaceful environment that’s good for any baby.
8. Go Monochromatic
If you want to create a sophisticated nursery, you can focus on one color and have various shades of it. With a monochromatic theme, you’ll end up creating a harmonious look in the nursery which can give a sense of elegance and can transition well into an older child’s room. Using such a color scheme may be intimidating for some people. However, your interior designers have the skill set to pull it off. Discuss the preferred color you want to use with them and they’ll use their design eye to utilize different shades strategically. If you decide to focus on colors like pink or blue, incorporating a monochromatic theme can make the choice creative.
As you can see, there are many interior paint ideas to give your child the best nursery ever. Since you and other caretakers will be spending time in the nursery, you want to ensure it’s a comfortable space for you as well. Think about ideas that can help you transition your nursery into a young child’s room in the next couple of years. As mentioned, working with the right interior painters and starting with the right color scheme can make such a transition possible. For more information about how we can help you with your nursery, contact our interior painting team at Raydian Painting today.