Modern Colors for the Modern Nursery

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Few of life’s joys compare to the thrill of preparing for a new baby. A central part is deciding how to decorate your new baby’s nursery. Fortunately, nursery design is no longer constrained by traditional colors of blue for boys and pink for girls. You can also choose from a wonderful array of modern colors, from purple and green, to orange and grey to make the nursery of your dreams.

Purple. To give your nursery a stylish and luxurious feel add deep purple.  Purple is a modern, gender neutral color that is gaining in popularity because it draws in the eye and infants seem to love it, too. You can also use pastels like lavender and lilac, which brings serenity to the nursery.

Blue. While blue is a soothing and traditional color, but modern design applications make it feel new.  For a masculine, modern take on blue ry navy or tone-on-tone to create an appealing and elegant space. Avoid blue-grey, however, it can make people and babies feel a little blue.

Red. You might hear that red is a horrible color for nurseries because it can energize people and your baby will never sleep. It is a busy color, and certainly is linked to aggression – and hunger – in children. But when used for an accent color it adds a fun energy into the nursery decor. Try one wall of red and white stripes, or a bright red rug, to add a nice pop of modern color.

Yellow. Yellow is cheerful and bright and can add warmth to your nursery. Soft yellow promotes concentration in children, and evokes a lively and energetic feel. Darker, golden yellow is best toned down with a neutral color, while bright yellow is also best used as an accent color as it can upset little children.

Orange. This modern, accent color is a cozy addition to any nursery. After blue and purple, it is a popular choice for the nursery because it can inspire social interaction. If you want to create a warm and intimate space, consider a splash of orange.

Green. Some believe that children don’t like green very much, while others believe that green promotes well-being and helps with learning by improving concentration, which makes it the perfect modern color. Light green walls, mixed with soft brown, for example, can create a gorgeous, gender neutral nursery.

Pink. Give this serene and calming color a modern take in your nursery by avoiding an all-pink design. The trend now is to use pink as an accent color or as a soft background. Like blue, it can be gender neutral when used as an accent color.  For a super modern look, go with pink and black.

Gray. This contemplative color is more common with parents because of its versatility – gray can go with any other color. It can be tricky, though: if too light it can wash out a room; too dark and the room can feel sad.

Black or White. These colors might not be your first choice but each can help to create a modern look. Black is a powerful accent color and when mixed with softer colors you can create a stunning yet relaxing nursery. Use black sparingly if the nursery does not have a lot of natural light. Avoid all white nurseries, a more modern take is to add in color since babies  need stimulation. White promotes a calm and breezy environment.

Creating the Perfect Bedroom for Your Child

creating-the-perfect-bedroom-for-your-childDecorating a room for your young child is fun, especially if they are old enough to help make choices and get excited about it with you. Here are a few tips for creating a bedroom that your child will love to spend time in.

  • Choose a theme that reflects their interests. Even if you are doing the decorating, your child’s room should reflect his or her unique interests. Pick a theme they’ll love, and then look for furniture, wall art, and accessories that will support it.
  • Brighten the room. Young kids love bright colors, so choose a couple to go with the room’s theme. Not everything in the room should be these colors, as you will want to vary them to create visual interest, but you can still use color as a way to tie everything together. Also make sure the room is well lit, as even bright colors can seem dingy if the lighting isn’t adequate.
  • Leave space to play. You want your children’s rooms to be somewhere they will want to play, so make sure there is enough open space to allow them to explore where their imaginations will take them. Whether they are laying train tracks or building a village for their dolls, kids love having enough room to play.
  • Make it comfortable. Encourage quiet time and foster future reading habits by making sure your kids have a comfortable nook in their rooms where they can read, nap, daydream, or even just sit and play quietly. This could be a favorite chair, a window seat, or even an arrangement of bean bags, pillows, and stuffed animals in a corner of their room. A soft area rug can also make a room look more welcoming and give them a more comfortable floor to play on.
  • Plan for organization. Set your kids up for success by planning rooms that will be easy to keep clean. Cube shelves and bins provide a place for all their toys and art supplies, while hooks give them places to hang things rather than leaving them on the floor or thrown over a chair. Be sure to also leave a few empty bins or drawers where they can keep treasured artwork and other keepsakes.
  • Let them personalize it. Once you’ve done all the planning and decorating, take a step back and let your child make it their own. Even better, help your kids personalize their rooms. For instance, you can hang bulletin boards where they can display their artwork and pin favorite photographs.
  • Create a room that will grow with your child. Kids’ tastes and interests can change frequently as they get older. Unless you want to be repainting and redecorating all the time, keep this in mind when you decorate their rooms. For instance, rather than painting the walls bright colors to match a favorite cartoon, choose a neutral color and focus your decorating efforts on wall art you can hang up now and remove when they’ve outgrown the current theme.

If you feel like things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like them to, though, don’t stress. Plans and designs don’t always look the same in reality as they did in our heads. If a shelf doesn’t look the way you’d like, it can always be painted, moved, or replaced. Remember that kids’ rooms will change over time to reflect their changing interests and growing personality. Ultimately, it’s not you that makes the room perfect, it’s your child!