Baby Room Colors

Selecting the nursery colours for your little one can be overwhelming, exciting, challenging, frustrating and satisfying.  In this and future articles, we’ll share with you information to help guide you through this important decision as you design your baby room.

Baby nursery colors do not have to be pastels!  They should be colors you love, colors that make you smile, colors that speak to your personality.

After all, who’s going to be spending hours and hours in this room, well, besides the little one?

And at this stage, most little ones have no opinions on colors.

As parents, we want our baby’s room to be a cozy nurturing space.  We want a space where our little ones feel safe, secure and happy.  We want a room that not only invites learning and play, but rest and relaxation.

The colors we select for the walls, floors, ceiling, furniture, bedding and accessories all have an impact on how we and our little one feel when spending time in the nursery.

Color Impacts Babies Lives

Color surrounds us, giving us aesthetic spaces in which to live our lives.  Color has impacts on our moods, emotional well-being, learning, productivity, and behavior.  These impacts start for us as newborns.  As we age, the impacts of color on ourselves evolves.

Newborns primarily see colors in shades of black, grey and white.  By about three months old, those precious little ones are starting to see other colors, especially primary colors.

A baby’s color vision becomes well developed between 6-8 months of age.  That precious little one can now see distinctly different colors, even though he or she has yet to know what they are called.

For our little ones, color is an essential learning tool.  Color is a language tool that teaches them how to describe things, how to categorize them, compare them and sort them.  We ask our little ones to find the red balls, or blue triangles and yellow squares when spending time reading or playing with blocks.

Eventually, colors will have visual safety cues that will alert our toddlers to danger, such as the difference between hot and cold.

As children learn the various colors, tones and shades, they learn valuable ways to creatively express themselves.

Color surrounds us every day impacting our moods, guiding us and even bringing a smile to our face.

Let’s take a look at some features of different colors groups.


Warm Colors

Think of warm colors as the colors of fire – red, orange and yellow. 

Warm, bold colors tend to stimulate our minds and energize our bodies.  These colors are known to elicit happiness and comfort.  They can enhance feelings of vitality and happiness with their inviting friendliness.

Warm colors can make a space feel toasty, cozy and welcoming.  When our walls are painted with warm tones they appear to come towards us, making the walls feel closer.  This helps to create that cozy feeling.  

If your nursery is a large open space, this effect of walls moving closer to you can be a plus for little ones.  The warm hues create a more intimate safe feeling for babies and toddlers.

Warm colors are known to elicit happiness, comfort and security.  They are often associated with hope, sunshine and laughter.


Cool Colors

Naturally, the opposite are the cool colors.  When you visualize cool colors you’ll see blue, green and purple.

Cool colors generally have the opposite effects that warm colors have on our lives.   These colors tend to have a calming effect on our mind.  Cool colors are nurturing and comforting.  They tend to make a room feel much more relaxing and in turn relax our bodies.

Cool colors are often associated with security, trust and spirituality.   Sometimes they may be perceived as cold and disengaged if the tone is very dark.


Neutral Colors

Neutral colors in general are used to allow the warm or cool colors to stand out.  Our focus is drawn from the neutrals to the warm and cool colors when they are used in tandem. 

Neutral colors are often used to tone down the other colors to keep them from being too overpowering.

When we think of neutrals we lean towards black, brown, tan, beige and gold for the warmer toned versions.  For the cooler versions of neutrals, we think about white, ivory, silver and grey. 

While neutral colors do have some warm or cool tendencies, they are much more subdued and flexible than the likes of red and blue.  They are wonderful compliments that keep the much bolder colors from being too overwhelming.


What Color Group To Choose For Your Nursery

Choosing the colors for your baby’s nursery can feel a bit precarious at first.

There are a lot of things to consider beyond a baby’s gender.  Oh, yeah, we haven’t even discussed what are boy, girl or even gender neutral colors yet.  That’s a topic for another article.

Having a basic idea of different color groups will help you to think through what general feel you want in your baby room.

Questions to think about in your planning could be things like:

  • Do I want my baby room to be a calm relaxed space that encourages rest and relaxation?

  • Do I want my little one to feel cozy, warm and secure in his/her private space?

  • Do I want color to stimulate curiosity, excitement and energy for my special little person?

Keep in mind that you too will be spending quite a bit of time in this space.  So while the nursery is for the little ones in your family, it’s also for you.  So keep in mind what type of room you enjoy as well as you start planning your nursery.

We’ll explore the psychology behind actual colors in our next article as we continue to explore how to plan and design your nursery.



Donna & Barb
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