Deciding on colours for a babys room can be quite interesting, especially when you don’t know if it is to be a boy, a girl or even twins! With the rollercoster of pregnancy coming to an end, your thoughts will naturallly turn to creating a pleasant enviroment for your new arrival.

Ideally  you would be doing up the nursery before the new edition to the family. Afterwards life gets too busy, or so mothers tell me; before you realise it you are no longer desiging for a newborn infant but an active toddler.

There is no reason for waiting to see the sex of the baby, crisp off- white is always good starting point. It has calming qualities. Classic choice but at the same time allowing the addition of other colours later on. Wedding Bouquet Colortrend Historic or White Pumice Dulux Simply Range. Like black and gray absolutely anything will go with it.

For instance you can always get 4-5 samples, narrow and fairly wide brush and to do one wall with stripes. Boys combination 0115 Sophistication, 0792 Footie Pajamas, 0402 Sabo Garden and 0667 Blessed Blue. Girls 0672 Quiet Pond, 1133 Christy’s  Smile, Sweet Olive, 1193 Crown Jewels all by Colortrend. Pale Olivine Dulux Heritage range. Vary the witdth of the stripes and perhaps, start with   a sketch so the final result doesn’t come as too much of a shock. (Or perhaps your older child could give you a hand with it; kids are extremely artistic and not afraid of colour). The end result will be fantastic, it is not going to look over powering, it will be funky but at the same time classy.

An alternative, easier but still interesting, is to paint your ceiling in a colour. 0793 Motherland, Meetinghouse Blue Old Historic both by Colortrend . Or what about painting the floor? Latest news in floor paints is WB50 by Colortrend, that everybody is talking about. It is a pleasure to paint with it as it goes on extremely well and dries pretty fast. 0303 Bauhaus Gold and 0878 Glorious Gold for a warm cosy feel and 0296 Only Yesterday for neutral taste Concocord Grape Old Historic as a very adventurous option. This product is water based extremely tough floor paint (can be used on presses too), that can be got any colour under the sunlight! Good off- whites to use for the walls are Sugar Dust 0011 for crisp and fresh look or Wedding Boquet in New Historic it it is just that bit softer both by Colortrend. Pointing by Farrow and Ball or Tallow no.203 delicate but gives a warm glow. It is high-end paint, a baby might not appericate all that designer buzz, but it is has a low VOC level and is enviromentally friendly.

One of the best places to destress is by taking walks in the nature, you  feel like rebranded and bursting from new healthy energy.  Therefore for those of you who love colour I would suggest to go green!  Being restful, soothing and relaxing  this earthy hue will keep things calm in the nursery. Stay away from mints and go olive green, yellow green 0399 Sawgrass Green by Colortrend as it is very durable paint and has brilliant light resitance. Green is fantastic with wood, more so with walnut, it is quite attractive combination for the eye. Stain your floorboards darker and cover with 2 pak lacquer. Dark floors will be very much en voque for upcoming years.

If you’d like your restful green baby’s room to be more girlier yet sophisticated add pink accessories, or paint an chair/ bookshelf/ headboard in pink.Pink might be conisederd as a naive colour in some circelrs. It is very optimistic, colour that prevents anger it comes from red by adding white to it.  One of the prison officers in america made headlines in newspapers by makeing all his prisoners to wear pink, because of it’s pshycologiacal effect on people, it worked  out well as there was hardly any bulling among them.

But if you feel that all green walls just doesn’t do it for you add some more definiton with some blues lockers/ picture frames/ table.Blue is soothing and inspiring, fantastic in north facing room as it is best top work with the light rather than against it. It gets and awful lot of negative thoughts though foor being cold, depending on ablue some are more greeny more turqoise some really icy. Cool is stylsih. This is considered to be the new elegancy.  0469 Deja Vu, Farrow and Ball no.235 Borrowed Light, Fine Teal  Dulux Simply. Add white accessories and silver, I’m sure newborns will get plenty of silver presents. If you are a bit doubtful and think it is too boyish for you, well then you could paint pink hearts on one of the walls, or get a wallpaper that has pink it and hang horizontally. Pink and blue do work well toghether.

There is no need to worry about painted furniture, there is no led in the paint since 1960’s. Colortrend paint is very enviromentally friendly, has low VOC and of course the choice of colour is wonderful. They are more muted hues suited to our gray light in Ireland. It is always good to work with the light not against it, brighter colours work best in sunny areas and countires. All their products are waterbased (even their varnishes and oils, check out more due to new regulations and easy to apply as it dries very quickly.

Kids and babys especially are very highly sensitive to colour; they love it, the more the merrier. Then again avoid reds and yellows as they can be too intense, especially at early stages. Later on when the child is older then yes yellow will be magnificient, it is good for creativity and concentration – one of the reasons that it is widely used in schools. Colour psychologists say that babys tend not to sleep in yellow bedrooms, it is just too harsh for their young eyes. Peach is another colour that is best to avoid, it can be too much for young children.

In a summary look out for pastel colours as they are easy to live with, pinks, greens, blues and vary combinations. From pinks   try Pink Ground no.202, 1113 Fruitbowl by Colortrend. Blues Borrowed Light no.235 Pale Powder no.204 by Farrow and Ball or 0664 Zircan Ice by Colortrend. Greens 0791 Origin and Devine Blade both by Colortrend. Accessorise with white and silver to give a peacful touch to the over all atmosphere.  All the trendy sophisticated babys will have their grib painted in gray,  True Gris Dulux Simply range eggshell finish, gorgeous!!!!

As the babyboom is still ongoing after 45 years I will be writing about kids bedrooms later on the year, this is the whole different area,  full of all sorts of ideas, colourful creativity and buckets of fun, but how to bring it all toghether tastefully.  In baby’s rooms you can create your own ideal room for the newborns add your own charcater. Calmness is the key,  to introduce them to this world gently  and peacefully. Kids are slightly different they have personaliites opinions ideas some possibly quite mad but there  is an art to balance their thoughts and vision and create adventourous living space for children that they enjoy being in.

Happy painting,
Kadri Bormeister
Instore Designer, Tralee branch