Nursery Paint Colors

With S in his big boy room and out of the nursery once again (he gets downgraded to toddler status when we have guests, poor guy), said nursery is calling for its new occupant. And baby E, who is now seven months old, is well and truly ready for her own bedroom, just as we are well and truly ready to have our bedroom back to ourselves – I’m losing count of the number of times I’ve realized at lunch time that my pants are on inside out because I got dressed in the dark again.

Before we can move E in there, though, the room needs to be painted. I’ve updated the design board now that we’ve moved (see its previous incarnations on my design boards page). We sold a few things and I bought a new bookcase – that little turquoise beauty on the left there. In fact, we now have most of what you see on the board, I just need to pull it all together. I’m not sure if the mirror will stay, but it hangs over the changing table in our room and E loves it – the girl’s got style already. She also loves eating design magazines.

Anyway, here it is with the wall color we had in our old place… 

I initially embraced this wall color because I didn’t want to paint, but although I liked the idea, in practice it was a bit dull. Here’s a variation with warmer undertones…

It’s a little hard to see, but that’s a stencil behind the dresser, which I’d do in whatever color I went with. Moving away from neutrals, I’ve toyed with going all-out girly pink, but pink is so hard to get right on walls. Maybe a light coral…

But I’m concerned it’ll look more like salmon in reality. So then I went more dusty…

But I’m wondering if maybe it’s a bit too literal? So then I thought about something with lilac undertones (fun fact: this is the same color John & Sherry used in their nursery on Young House Love)…

 Then again, if I’m going to go with lilac undertones, why not go all out lilac?

I’d maybe go for a slightly more subtle shade, but I am liking the idea of lilac rather a lot. The name – Peace and Happiness – is swaying me too – I love it!

Finally, there’s always Rainwashed – the color I so miss from our old master bedroom

Gosh, this one’s a toughie. Do you have a favorite? Would you go with something completely different? Pretty please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!



  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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