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Gone are the days of simply painting the nursery pink or blue. Now, getting a room ready for your baby involves choosing between chevron or safari, minimalist or traditional, subtle grays versus bright oranges. If your nesting instinct just kicked in, here are six apps to make designing the nursery easier and more fun.
Benjamin Moore Color Capture (Free)
If you’ve already started looking for paint colors you know the rainbow of available hues is just about endless. Color Capture helps you pick the perfect colors without standing in the store for hours sifting through swatches. You snap photos of colors that inspire you (the sunset, a gorgeous baby blanket, a flower) and it will find shades to match and suggest accents. You can save your favorites and share on Facebook for feedback.
Mark on Call HD ($1.99)
Load this up on your iPad and start laying out your dream nursery. Enter room dimensions, furniture sizes and even take photos of actual glider fabrics or rug patterns so that the objects look like the real thing.
Peaceful Nursery ($1.99)
This app, geared toward parents who want to set up a non-toxic nursery, features comprehensive shopping checklists with information about green options.
Baby Safety Tips (Free)
Nursery design isn’t all colors and crib sheets. Making your baby’s room a hazard-free environment is important, too. You’ll find everything you need to know about choosing safe cribs, bassinets, toys and more along with a safe nursery checklist.
Living Room ($4.99)
All the the tools you need to plan and design your space are at your fingertips on your iPad with this app. Mock up a floor plan, arrange and rearrange furniture and keep track of your to-do list so you can get everything done before baby arrives.
While not technically an app, we're hooked on Pinterest. Hone your style by making an inspiration board for your baby's nursery. Every time you see something you like, you can pin it -- whether it's a great printed crib sheet, a piece of art you love, or a friend’s nursery on Facebook. Pinterest makes it easy to save images you like so you can refer to them later. After you’ve been pinning nursery items for a while, you'll start to see an overarching theme come together.