Check out some ideas for decorating your baby’s room
The baby’s room is always a great project for parents, especially for first-timers. And really, there are so many news, so many ideas, so many trends that it’s complicated to even know where to start. That’s why we decided to help you with the first step: choosing the colors for the bedroom of the new family member. Check out our tips on choosing the most suitable color palette and get inspired.
Look for inspirations
First of all, see what’s going on out there, look for references and ideas you like. Pinterest is a great place to start. Focus on concepts, colors, themes, styles. Sometimes, a small detail that catches your attention can be enough to inspire the entire room.
Think about what’s in and what’s timeless. After all, you don’t want to keep changing the entire room decor with every trend that comes along.
Consider the available space
Before going around deciding the colors of the walls, furniture, fabrics and everything else, consider the room itself. Is it big or small? Do you have plenty of natural light or do you need artificial lighting?
These questions are fundamental when choosing the room’s color. You might love bolder colors, but dark hues absorb light and can overwhelm too small a room. Light colors, on the other hand, can make the room bigger and brighter. And taking this into account is important to be able to create a cozy environment and make the most of the available space.
If space is limited, bet on bright colors punctually. It can be a single wall different from the others or the most striking curtain or the colorful pillows.
Do not worry. Unleash your creativity and discover the best way to apply more striking colors to details, while the rest maintain a more neutral tone.
Think long term
As we’ve already said, you can’t keep changing all the decor in a room all the time. So think about your baby’s time and growth.
Today, a room with all shades of pink might seem like a great idea, from the walls to the accessories. But with the passing of the year and with the new phases of the child, this whole pink starts to get exaggerated.
Try a more timeless decor and apply color to the details: pillows, wall stickers, curtains can easily be replaced if necessary.
Search for calming colors
According to the science behind color psychology, color can have a significant impact on children, affecting their mood, behavior, feeling and even their physical well-being. So, go for colors that bring calm and peace.
With a calm sea or a cloudless sky, light shades of blue provide relaxation. Exposure to the color blue is known to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing, making the body cooler and preparing it for sleep. Blue also minimizes feelings of anxiety and aggression, making it a great choice for more agitated newborns.
This color is always associated with nature, providing an unconscious sense of security. It is also associated with health and well-being, reducing anxiety and improving concentration.
When choosing a hue for your baby’s room, opt for softer greens that go with earthy tones like sage and moss. Bluish greens, reminiscent of sea foam, for example, are also an excellent choice, combining the calming powers of both colors.
Associated with wisdom and spirituality, purple combines the calming properties of blue with the delicacy of pink. Shades of lavender and lilac create a serene atmosphere.
Just be careful to make sure your choice is really smooth. A darker purple can be quite coarse in a children’s room.
Plus, keep in mind that purple always looks darker than expected on the wall. To be sure of the shade you want, when choosing the color you like, opt for an even lighter shade than your original choice.
Light pink is the color of unconditional love, providing warm feelings. So it’s a pretty cool choice for a baby’s room. But be careful with the hue too. Be sure to use a more pastel shade, leaning towards peach so as not to overwhelm the room.
These are just a few options. It is also possible to use more neutral tones, such as sand, ice and even white to avoid mistakes. Look for references and use your imagination.
Choose by style or theme
To make your life easier, look for a style or theme that you like and find suitable for the room. Decor styles or themes usually come with an associated color palette. Thus, you reduce the number of options and speed up the final choice.
For example, if you choose a more rustic style, you will focus on warmer, nature-inspired hues. Want a more classic style? Try a more pastel hue.
A theme also evokes specific hues. If you’ve thought about the sea, you can’t leave the blue aside. Or if you want princesses, a touch of pink is mandatory.
Choose your theme and let your creativity guide you.
Choose fabrics first
Still need inspiration? Go shopping! A nice bedding set or a stylish rug can serve as a base for your decor.
Plus, it’s easier to make your color palette match your accessories than the other way around. Find the furniture, items and accessories that you like the most and then adapt the color according to the chosen objects.
Find the balance
To create a well-balanced color scheme, limit yourself to one main color and just one or two accent colors. And be sure to use each color at least three times around the room, always using the main color more.
Try the “60-30-10” rule: 60% of the room should be given the main color, 30% one of the accent colors, the least vivid between the two, and 10% the brightest color. That way you guarantee the strongest touch of color in the room, but without exaggeration.
Don’t be rushed
Finally decided your color scheme? Now is the time to see if it really works. On the wall, the paint can be totally different than expected and this must be considered. Before buying gallons and gallons of paint of the same color, test it on the wall. Wait for the paint to dry completely and see how it affects the room. Pay attention to the interaction of natural light with this color too.
If you’re happy with the result, go ahead!
Choose the most suitable type of paint
To avoid any accident that could damage your wall, there are several paint options on the market that are great for anyone with a child at home. Consider the ones that are easy to clean with a glossy finish, and the ones that are suitable for doodling. That way your child has fun and you don’t have your hair standing on end!