Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baby Talk Decor: Preparing for Baby On The Way!

To every expecting Mommy and Daddy out there that are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their precious little bundle of joy...Congratulations to you!

Lately, I have been working on creating posts that friends, followers and others have approached me with and asked that I share some ideas that they can use for their personal home decor projects. This is a requested post for someone that I spoke with, over the weekend. 

Here's the concern:
The expectant parents are unsure of how they want to begin to decorate their nursery and wanted some ideas on how to get started.  I've went a step further and provided some wonderful decor ideas, some valuable information on selecting paint colors for your nursery and resources that provide furniture, wall art, carpet and more! The best part is that you don't have to leave your home because everything can be purchased and ordered online. 

Selecting colors for your nursery can be a challenge, especially if you don't know the sex of your baby, in advance.  That's usually the case for many expectant parents (they want it to be a surprise!), so many times, together as the new parents-to-be, you have to decide and agree on colors that will be pleasing first to your little one and secondly, to yourselves. 

In choosing paint colors, its important to know how certain colors affect baby's perception.  There are certain colors that stimulate their brains and that stand out to a newborn.  Below, I share some important information regarding paint color choices and courtesy photos from three online stores that have beautiful nursery selections, from cribs to carpet.  I also share photos that will give you a head start on beginning to think about colors, themes, prices, etc;  This is a blessed time and a time in your life like no other, so the last thing you want is to do, is worry over the decor. 

Ideal Paint Colors
These colors are ones that initially stand out to a newborn and stimulate their brain.  By the time your baby is 2 to 3 months old, they will be able to perceive the entire color spectrum.  These colors are also very soothing.

Neutral and earthy tones provide a great backdrop to color brought in through fabric, furniture and artwork.  Earth tones are warm and friendly colors.  You can use earthy colors like, cream, coral, chocolate, mustard, tangerine, red, sage green and beige.  You don't want to use too much dark brown in paint choices but rather introduce your browns through you wood furniture pieces.  Dark browns can be gloomy and sad if used too much.  Balance the earthy colors/tones and you will create combinations that are very nice and inviting! 

Racy Colors
Reds and Pinks are racy colors but active colors!  They signify energy and if used carfefully, result in a beautiful nursery for baby girl!  Incorporate white and pale yellow to break up the deep tones of red possibly becoming the dominant color.

Hues of Blue
Blue is a favorite color for boys but if soft palettes are used, you can crossover your hues of blue for both a boy and girl.  Baby blue, soft pink, cream, white and taupe colors are georgeous combinations for a baby girl and baby blue, kelly green, soft yellow and coffe bean brown are perfect for a baby boy.  Blue, compliments orange well, also. 

Greens and Yellows
Using greens and yellows are always great choices with any of your paint selections because they introduce your baby to nature (green) and cheerfulness (yellow).  Select carefully, when choosing yellows because yellow is sometimes hard to notice amongst other colors.

Suitable for a boy or girl nursery.  Greys work well as a base color and grey absolutely looks beautiful with an all white nursery!

I hope what I've shared, will help with the start of many memories you will create, as a family. Please share your comments at the end of this post. I would love to hear from you and please reach out to me if you have questions, concerns or assistance, with your project. 

Enjoy and have fun.  See resources and lovely photos below to get started on your project!