Mood Board | Exploring Nursery Paint Colours

Before we moved into our current loft, I drafted a mood board for our baby daughter. Today I’m exploring paint colours for her new nursery.

My original design plans got interrupted because, when she was three months old, we had to move unexpectedly. Fortunately, it was to another condo in the same building – just down the hall, in fact. Still, the upheaval meant that even though baby girl is seven months old, I still haven’t finished the nursery. But that changes now!

Because it’s been a while since I originally put the mood board together, I revisited the nursery design again and made some tweaks. The room holds some pieces we already owned, with a few budget-friendly additions. I’m not sure if the mirror will stay, but it hangs over the changing table currently and E loves it. She also loves eating design magazines.

First thing on the to-do list is picking a nursery paint colour, and that’s where I’m undecided. So get ready for a whole load of options!

Option #1: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Pale Oak was the existing nursery paint colour in our previous loft. I don’t hate it, and could have lived with it if it meant not having to paint!

Nursery Paint Colour Pale Oak Benjamin Moore

Option #2: Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin

Nursery Paint Colour Slipper Satin Farrow & Ball

I’m not opposed to keeping a neutral paint colour and letting the more vibrant design accents take center stage. Slipper Satin has warm peachy undertones that would work well in a nursery lacking natural light.

It’s a little hard to see, but behind the dresser is a paint stencil. I’d use it with whichever nursery paint colour I go with.

Option #3: Sherwin Williams Comical Coral

Moving away from neutrals, I’ve toyed with going all-out girly pink. Pink’s a hard one to get right. I do love a light coral, but I don’t want it to read salmon in real life.

Nursery Paint Colour Comical Coral Sherwin Williams

Option #4: Sherwin Williams Diminutive Pink

Shying away from salmon, Diminutive Pink has more dusty tones.

Nursery Paint Colour Diminutive Pink Sherwin Williams

But maybe not dusty enough?

Option #5: Benjamin Moore Proposal

Still with me? Next up, I thought about something with lilac undertones. Fun fact: Proposal is the same paint colour Young House Love used in their daughter’s nursery.

Nursery Paint Colour Proposal Benjamin Moore

Option #6: Benjamin Moore Peace & Happiness 

If I’m going to go with lilac undertones, why not go all out lilac?

Nursery Paint Colour Peace and Happiness Benjamin Moore

I’d like to explore a more muted, subtle shade, but I am definitely liking the idea of lilac. Although if I was going to pick a nursery paint colour solely based on the name, Peace and Happiness might be it!

Option #7: Sherwin Williams Rainwashed

Finally, there’s always Rainwashed. I’ve used the gorgeous shade of blue/green (or green/blue depending on who you ask) before and it never disappoints.

Nursery Paint Colour Rainwashed Sherwin Williams

Find out which one I went with in Eleanor’s loft nursery reveal!



  1. September 19, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    Slipper satin first bizzie bom lizzie, followed by comical coral (salmon/apricot old lady colours). That's what I reckon.

  2. September 27, 2012 / 11:28 am

    I like Rainwashed best!

  3. October 15, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    This is a hard choice! I actually like the purple…the peace and happiness!

  4. October 24, 2012 / 2:09 am

    If you really don't want to paint, why not keep the grey? you can pop it with the stencil and some fun wall art! I also really love the coral, coral and grey is really pretty! i can't wait to see it 🙂

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