“We’ve heard that babies respond well to high-contrast pattern when they’re young. How can we create a nursery that stimulates our baby’s senses that isn’t too overwhelming?”
The first few months of your baby’s life is an exciting period of rapid development, particularly when it comes to their vision. It will be fuzzy at first, but they’ll soon be able to see in black and white and eventually different colours.
As their vision improves, babies tend to respond well to vivid colours, patterns and shapes, so incorporating these into your nursery scheme can help focus your little one’s attention, and is guaranteed to look stylish, too.
Here, we’ve come up with five high-contrast colour ideas that will capture your baby’s imagination, and still look cosy and comfortable.
Circular patterns tend to feel uplifting, making it perfect choice for your baby’s nursery. Use a water glass to stencil brightly coloured dots on the upper part of one wall so your baby will be able to see them from the cot.
Bright, acidic yellows like lemon and chartreuse are great for livening up a neutral scheme, or for a more dramatic look, layer over a charcoal grey feature wall – the yellow spots will look like moons in the evening sky.
H13- F8.18.76 / 45YY 67/259
A3- X9.06.79 / 69RB 70/114
B14- B5.14.62 / 10YR 41/223
Also known as complementary colours, contrasting colours are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Think orange and teal, yellow and blue, green and magenta.
The key to success is to create balance in the nursery by combining muted hues with colourful brights. Paint on separate walls, or draw a horizontal line in the middle and use a different colour on the top and bottom for a stylish look.
If you’re not sure which colours to pair, download the Dulux Visualizer to your Smartphone or iPhone to see and instant impression of how your finished room could look. Simply hold up the app to the wall you want to paint, choose a colour and tap the screen.
F4-F1.17.82 / 25YY 79/240
M11-N7.31.40 / 90GG 21/219
N12-Q4.24.63 / 30BG 44/248
G6-F2.35.75 / 35YY 61/431
Another way to create a fascinating space for your baby is by painting large blocks of bright colour next to each other, otherwise known as colour blocking.
If you’re not sure where to start, try picking two hues from the same colour family and one or two contrasting shades. For example, you might like to combine warm copper orange and bright coral orange with a crisp turquoise blue or a smoky lilac, or a deep purple with forest green.
C7 – B6.47.41 / 10YR 17/465
B6 – A8.39.35 / 70RR 15/400
A little goes a long way
You don’t need to cover an entire wall with pattern in order to make an impact. Unexpected pops of pattern - such as striped table legs in blue and grey, or diamond shapes inside a cupboard or draw – will add a designer-style feel to your scheme.
C7-B6.47.41 / 10YR 17/465
N8-S6.54.34 / 10BB 13/362
L6-K9.60.43 / 90GY 21/472
Strike a balance
Balancing a bold hue, such as neon pink with a more subdued colour, such as grey, is a great way to play around with colour without overwhelming your nursery scheme. Add a dash of clashing orange to complete the pretty, yet stimulating, look.
A6- Y6.24.52 / 10RR 27/344
X3- SN.02.77 / 10BB 73/039
As well as stimulating your baby’s vision, enhance their sense of touch by contrasting different textures. Pair soft, brushed cotton bedding with a chunky knit blanket, and go for velvet or silky cushions.