Monday, March 17, 2008

Painting the Nursery: Part I

When choosing paint for a nursery there are lots of things to consider, the gender of the baby (if known), durability of the paint, healthiness of the paint, overall style, will it match all the stuff you registered for... the list goes on.

Babies can't see very far when they are born but unless you want to repaint the nursery often, you may want to think about what affect colors have on the mood of a 18-month old.

Warm colors are known to excite; cools colors to calm.

Red- stimulates, arouses, heightens awareness, stimulates appetite,
usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms

Orange- cheers, orders,
evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color

Yellow- recharges, energies, revitalizes, some report that too bright a yellow may cause anxiety in infants and children

Green- stabilizes, balances,
calming effect of green makes it popular in hospitals, schools, considered the most restful color for the eye

Blue- relaxes, calms, transfixes,
brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate

Purple- protects and comforts

Look up too!
Freshome reminds us that , "The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower need not mean claustrophobic: Visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy."

Excited to start thinking of colors now? Try Behr's online paint visualizer tool.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tip! Our 18 month old is still in a fully white room, but now that he's beyond babyhood maybe we'll start thinking about painting his walls. I love the Behr paint visualizer tool too!