It’s well known that colors can change our moods in subtle ways, but did you know that also affects babies? That’s why it’s so important to make an informed decision before choosing a nursery wall color, so that your little one is not affected in any way.
It’s not that complicated though – the general consensus about baby rooms is just to avoid overbearing and aggressive colors, such as an all red or all yellow room, as that can be sensory overload for a baby.
That doesn’t mean those colors are off the table. Instead, try to find pastel shades of these tones for a much softer atmosphere that’s easy on the eyes.
If you need a reminder of color psychology, below is a short list. This was taken from our essential guide on How To Choose and Buy Paint:
- Red: warmth, comfort, coziness, love
- Orange: excitement, beauty, freshness, energy
- Yellow: happiness, boldness
- Blue: cold, calm, serenity
- Green: nature, luck, fortune
- Purple: royalty, wisdom, wealth
- Black: formality, sophistication, elegance
- Brown: earth, safety, nature, vastness
- White: spacious, pure
- Pink: romance, delicate, joyfulness, vibrant
But enough with the general terms, let’s get specific and discover what are the best nursery wall colors!
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama
Bright yellow can be extremely overbearing for wall colors, which is why whenever you see it, it’s usually a pastel tone used in combination with another color to balance it out. For a nursery wall, yellow can work as long as it’s a softer shade like the one above.
A soft shade of pink creates a calming and soothing atmosphere without effort, making it perfect for a nursery room. As for decoration, you can bring other pastel colors into the mix or simply go for neutral tones and it will blend perfectly.
Often overlooked when it comes to baby room colors, grey is also a great choice. It makes it so no colors are overpowering but still allows for more colorful tones to bleed through, whether that be with toys, pillows, or paintings.
Blue and brown
Warm tones, both for walls and decoration, make for a comfortable and cozy environment. In addition to that, there’s a lot of room for personal expression here: softer shades of yellow, orange, red, or even earthy tones all fit together nicely in this category. To create a nice balance, go for a soft blue wall to complement a wooden floor.
As nice as it looks, not everything has to be pastel. This famous combination of navy blue with red creates a nice contrast of colors without being too much for the eyes. It’s a beautiful and balanced mix of colors that, combined with a neutral wall color, makes for a visually rich nursery room.
Green can be used with diligence to create earthy tones that resemble woodland fairy tales, and here, this tone of green is used to create a calming atmosphere resembling a forest. Combined with a darker variation of wood, it makes for a beautiful and unique palette.
White with woodland artwork
Here is a very creative idea: a simple white wall combined with a woodland artwork painted around the bassinet, which creates a very interesting look. The entire room is filled with natural wood and earthy tones, making the nursery feel like a forest – rich, vibrant, but still natural.
Pink and gold
Soft pink is already a great idea, but combine it with white and gold and you have yourself just the right amount of glam to really bring the look together. Get some gold light fixtures, decoration elements, even pillow cases – it takes the soft soothing pink and gives it a sprinkle of sunlight.
Black and white
Another underrated idea for nursery rooms is the simple combination of black and white. It creates a lot of contrast, but when well done it’s easy on the eyes. It’s quite straightforward to pull it off and still allows for a lot of creative possibilities such as wall decals, painting and other decorative elements complementing the visual – such as the yellow accents you see here.
Half walls also work great for a baby room. Check the one above: the bottom half of the wall is a darker, greyish blue while the upper half is a much brighter tone, creating a good balance.
In this particular room, the idea was to make it look like the sky, resulting in a fresh and cool atmosphere that was complemented with warm lights.
It’s simple to recreate this idea at home, but if you’re not sure how to pick two colors that complement each other, simply go for a darker tone on the lower half and a neutral pastel color on the top.
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