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The ABCs of Planning a Colorful Nursery

When preparing for the arrival of a new baby, plan for safety and function first, then plan for fun!

As for nursery colors; instead of pastels (the traditional choice for a baby’s nursery), opt for primary colors, updated neutrals or harmonious hues (colors that are next to each other on the Color Wheel) to represent the color palette for wall coverings, window treatments and linens.

Decorating Ideas:

  • Explore offbeat ways to impart color within the nursery space.
  • Stencil a border on a wooden headboard, paint a verse from a favorite poem or song above a closet, or apply a decorative paint technique (such as sponged clouds) on the ceiling (see Decorative Techniques).
  • Freehand, painted stripes add interesting pattern and a touch of whimsy to the nursery space. Consider thin, vertical stripes as a choice for smaller nurseries and wider stripes for more expansive nursery spaces.
  • Customize the nursery space further by using the same color scheme to paint coordinating stripes on lampshades, headboards, bedside tables, chests of drawers or shelving.

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