Welcoming a baby home is such an exciting time. Preparing for that homecoming can be just as exciting as we gather all the supplies we will need to ensure our bundle of joy is comfortable and well-cared for. For some families, a big part of the preparation is painting the nursery. Getting ready for a baby and taking on a painting project can be a bit daunting. If you live in the Lower Mainland and are looking for interior painters in Vancouver to complete your nursery project, here are some tips on what to consider when choosing a design for the room.
The perfect palette
When it comes to choosing colours for your baby’s nursery the possibilities seem endless. Here on the West Coast, we have so many amazing natural landscapes to inspire our paint choices, it’s hard to know where to start. One thing to consider is the atmosphere paint colours can create in a space. While babies do enjoy contrasting colours to stimulate their cognitive development, you might not necessarily want your baby to be stimulated all the time. Choosing softer pastels rather than bold and sharply contrasted colours for the walls of your nursery can help create a soothing and calm environment for babies (and parents) to rest in.
When it comes to painting, save the bright colours for books and finger painting that can be tucked away at nap time. If you’re still interested in creating a bit of colour contrast in your baby’s nursery but don’t want anything overly bright, consider working with professional interior painters in Vancouver to create a beautiful ombre wall with successively lighter hues of your favourite pastel. Another consideration when it comes to colour is to choose colours that can grow with your child. Selecting a more neutral palette may save you from having to paint multiple times.
Guard from glare
As you shop for paint types and colours for your nursery project, it’s important to consider a few things about the actual paint as a chemical beyond just its colour. Paint comes in a variety of finishes and ingredients. Most of this information is displayed on the products themselves, but if you have questions, it’s best to consult expert interior painters in Vancouver who are knowledgeable about the composition and finish of various paints.
It may seem suitable to choose a matte finish for a nursery as that would appear to be the softest finish, but it may not be worth the difficulty of cleaning the walls in the long run. Matte finishes accumulated smudges and stains much more easily than an eggshell or semi-gloss finish. Another consideration for your paint choice is the LRV (light reflectance value). Some paints throw back more glare from reflected light than others. The last thing you want is for your little one to have to squint to see your smiling face. Opt for paint with an LRV of 60 or lower to protect your baby’s eyes and allow soft sunlight in without the added shine.
Painting a room is a big project. If you live in Vancouver and are planning to paint a room for a new baby, it can be helpful to connect with professional interior painters in Vancouver who have the experience to know which materials, colours, finishes, and designs would be most suitable for a nursery. Trusting the task to the experts saves you the trouble and lets you focus on the best part, your new colourful bundle of joy.
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