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Is your baby’s nursery pretty in pink, or a bolder mix of navy and orange? While you’re still calling the shots for your child’s style, the choices you make say much more about you than they do about your bundle of joy.
Read on to see what your color choices may say about your personality—and how to take your favorite hue and use it beautifully for your baby’s room.
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What it says about you: Picking Zen green shows that you’re looking for a little harmony in you’re life. “If you pick green, you’re a natural peacemeaker, and a good observer and listener,” says Maria Killam, a color consultant and design blogger.
How to make it chic: Trade in softer shades like sage and forest green for their brighter cousins. “We see the colors tending to even brighter hues—not quite neon but bolder and punchier than before, like lime green or apple green,” says Alessia Corpino, intnerior designer with My Tiny Nest, a New York-based design firm.
What it says about you: Calming blue is a popular nursery shade—and it tends to be chosen by those who like to play it safe. “Choosing blue means you are conservative,” Killam says.
How to make it chic: Color consultant at ColorExpert.com Leatrice Eiseman suggests periwinkle as a perfect shade of blue for a baby’s room. “It has some of the restful quality of blue, but the red undertone brings a little activity and energy to it, so it’s not just a dull, sterile blue.”
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What it says about you: You’re showing your softer side with a pretty-in-pink nursery. “Pink means that you are friendly, approachable and a nurturing person,” Killam says. Odds are, it indicates that you’re pretty traditional as well—as a pink nursery for a girl is a long-time classic.
How to make it chic: “Instead of a candy pink, go with something a little bit grayed down to make it a little sophisticated,” says Eiseman. “It’s not a color that’s going to be overwhelming, and it works very well with blues and greens.”
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What it says about you: Keeping that crisp, clean white shade free of all the spills and messes that come with a baby may be tough—but it’s likely you’re up to the challenge if you picked this shade. “It means you like order, and you’re a bit of a perfectionist,” says Killam.
How to make it chic: Simple white needs a pop of color to make it interesting to babies—and right in vogue. “Pair white with violet or tangerine, or with gray and yellow—all of these colors are on trend right now,” says Killam.
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What it says about you: Sunny yellow is a nursery choice that can work well for boys or girls—and color experts expound on its benefits. “It’s a color that says that you’re creative, happy and fun to be with,” says Killam.
How to make it chic: “Think about a buttery yellow, combined with blue or aqua and neutrals to create a well-balanced, nurturing color scheme,” Smith suggests.
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What it says about you: Chocolate browns have become a staple of current interior design, and that extends to the nursery. It lends a bit of sophistication to a kids’ room, but can be a little somber in large amounts. “Using brown suggests that you are serious and down to earth,” says Killam.
How to make it chic: “Brown is often used in the nursery as a grounding base for aqua, peach, mint green, and an entire range of other upbeat colors,” says Kate Smith, a color consultant at Sensational Color. “It can be part of a scheme that is much more delightful than you might expect when you first hear someone mention that color.”
What it says about you: Consider this sweet shade as a deeper, more soulful alternative to pink for a girls’ nursery. “Violet means you are spiritual and interested in discovering the meaning of life,” Killam says.
How to make it chic: Bold violet needs a touch of softness, according to Killam. “Violet, gray and white is a lovely combination.”
What it says about you: Bold, bright orange shows off a sunny disposition. “Orange means you’re spontaneous and have a positive outlook on life,” says Killam. Don’t worry that the bold hue will overwhelm your baby.
How to make it chic: “We see more bright ‘pop’ colors being used together as the main colors, not just as accent ,” says Alessia Corpino, interior designer with My Tiny Nest, a New York design firm that specializes in nurseries. “We love persimmon orange with a tomato red or apple green, accented with bright white.”
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What it says about you: A bold nursery color like red indicates a strong personality. “If you love red, you’re confident and have a pioneering spirit,” says Maria Killam, a color consultant and design blogger at MariaKillam.com.
How to make it chic: A red nursery doesn’t have to be all red—bring in neutrals like gray or cream to soften the color scheme. And if a screaming fire-engine shade just isn’t your hue, don’t despair. “If bright red is not something you’d normally do in a room, try a nuanced shade,” says Leatrice Eiseman, a color consultant at ColorExpert.com. “Soften it a bit so it’s not the primary color.” She suggests using a grayer shade or one with a blue undertone, like magenta.
What it says about you: This soft, gentle shade has become more popular in nurseries of late—and it gives a room a softer touch that suits your introverted soul. “Choosing gray means you are solid, stable, quiet and reserved,” Killam says.
How to make it chic: “The gray trend is so big right now because all the bright clean and happy colors that you would choose for a nursery pop against a white and gray background,” Killam says. She suggests pairing gray with violet, yellow or tangerine for a modern look.
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What it says about you: A blue-green, oceanic shade gives your room a crisp, clean look that suits your clarity-seeking mindset. “Choosing aqua indicates that you are a clear thinker, and a good communicator,” Killam says.
How to make it chic: Pair turquoise with white for a crisp, beachy vibe, or go with something a little more nontraditional. “A magenta and turquoise retro pairing is youthful, fun and energetic,” says Corpino.