How The Color of His Nursery Will Affect Your Baby

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When thinking about your baby's room there are so many decisions to make: Should we use bumpers or not? What should the theme be? Will we use a glider or rocker?

One other question should be on your mind: How will the color of my baby's nursery impact the feel and mood of the room – and my baby?

Hindi Zeidman, a baby expert and founder of The Ollie Swaddle, joined us to discuss the meanings of colors and the affect they can have on your little one.

Heidi cautions expecting parents to base color choices not simply on what they like or what they think looks cute because each color has different effects on emotions.

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Color Families: Warm, Cool, and Neutral

Warm tones stimulate the mind and energize the body. They can make larger spaces feel cozy and welcoming. However, cozy doesn't always translate to relaxing and so warm tones aren't great for bedtime – especially if your little one is already energetic.

Compared to warm colors, cool tones tend to offer a more calming effect. They make rooms feel spacious and relaxing. With this in mind, darker shades should be used sparingly to avoid creating a gloomy atmosphere, although they can be great for accent colors.

Neutral colors typically fall into either warm or cool tones, but since they are more subtle than red or blue they are considered neutral. While they take on the attributes of their warm and cool family, they are easier to match with a variety of colors.

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The Meanings of Warm Colors

Red is a very bold color that is associated with aggression and inability to focus. Red is recommended for use sparingly, not as the main color in a nursery. When utilized as an accent color, however, red can have positive, invigorating effects.

Yellow is a happy, energetic color that can make a room a sunny and bright. Associated with happiness, lighter yellows can aid in concentration while brighter shades can stimulate the memory.

Orange is welcoming, often puts people at ease and is considered a social color. Like its parent colors, too much orange can be overwhelming and should be used sparingly as an accent color in a nursery to maximize its positive properties.

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The Meanings of Cool Colors

Blue has a calming effect, associated with decreasing anxiety and aggression. Since blue often reminds people of water, it can emulate a cool environment in a hot or humid setting. Blue nurseries aren't just for boys – they are for anyone seeking a soothing, calm environment.

Green is most closely associated with health because of its relation to nature. As a soothing color it can help increase one's ability to concentrate and can create a calming atmosphere in a nursery.

Purple combines the solidity of blue and the vitality of red. It can take on the values of either color depending on the shade, with lighter shades providing a soothing effect perfect for a nursery with some personality.

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The Meanings of Cool Colors

Gray is often thought to be a gloomy color, but it can also evoke other, positive emotions. The right shades of gray can be calming and inspirational. It should be used in combination with warm, bright colors in a nursery to avoid a somber tone.

Black is powerful and easily overwhelming color – but like its light shade of gray, it doesn't have to be adverse. Although black isn't often used in nurseries, it is an excellent accent color and goes well in a room with lots of natural light.

White is a pure and clean color. It can help to place the spotlight on brighter colors and play up their meanings.

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Choosing a Nursery Color Scheme

If you're choosing bold, bright colors, try to pair them with white or lighter shades. You don't want to over-stimulate your little one, and yet you want the space to be fun and enjoyable. You'll find a balance in the colors and shades that you use.

While it can be overwhelming to try and make the “perfect” decision for your little one, our best advice is to keep it simple.

Stay true to yourself, consider your family dynamic and take time to think of the kind of environment you desire for your little one.

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How The Color of His Nursery Will Affect Your Baby

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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