Expert Q&A… How to paint a nursery
If you’ve got a bub on the way, you’ll be keen to feather the nest. Read on to find out how to make the best colour choices for your baby’s new room.
One of the most exciting aspects of getting ready for a new arrival is having fun decorating your little one’s room. If you’re unsure where to start, painting experts Taubmans have created an eight-week painting program with interiors design expert Shaynna Blaze to guide you through the process. Here, Shaynna answers all your ‘dress the nest’ questions. Q I’M PLANNING TO PAINT MY BABY’S NURSERY. WHERE SHOULD I START? A Firstly, you need to have some sort of vision of how you would like the end result to look and feel. That will influence the design and decorating choices you ultimately make. Find three pictures that inspire you, from magazines or online, and use them to select your style. Finally whittling down to one picture, you’ll have a basis for your colour choice, or choices, and the style of the space that you’re painting. Q WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE A WALL FOR PAINTING? A Even for experienced DIYers there are some aspects of painting that can be tricky, which is why Taubmans Paint in 8 program (www.paintin8.com.au) is a great first step for everyone, regardless of their level of experience. It makes the painting journey easier by offering practical tips and advice about each stage of the process. The next step is finding your particular inspiration that will help guide you to your favourite colour and style. Next, buy the right equipment, plan your paint day and physically prepare the space. And then get painting! Paint in 8 offers tools to get each of these tasks done, with minimal fuss and hassle. Q I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION ON PINTEREST AND IN MAGAZINES BUT I’M OVERWHELMED. HOW WILL I EVER DECIDE ON A LOOK AND FEEL FOR THE ROOM? A There is so much inspiration out there it can sometimes feel overwhelming. It’s important that you arrive at something you love rather than settle for something that feels like someone else’s vision. Get your inspiration, make a shortlist and then go with your instinct. Q ARE THERE ANY ON-TREND COLOURS FOR 2016 THAT I SHOULD CONSIDER? A Colour is so personal and subjective. One of my go-to colours is Silver Mink in Taubmans Endure. It’s a calming grey/green and I just love it. It works well with pastels, but also has a richness to it. Q CAN COLOUR MAKE A SMALL SPACE SEEM LARGER? A The shape and size of your room is no doubt going to impact your colour decision. Select a colour with a cool base, which will have the effect of standing back or receding, rather than advancing towards you like warm-based colours do. Light colours also work well to open up smaller spaces. If the floor is dark, try the optical trick of throwing a fluffy white sheepskin or a pale rug down to minimise the contrast between the pale walls and ceiling. Q HOW CAN I AVOID MAKING A MISTAKE WITH A COLOUR CHOICE? A The tried-and-tested method of painting a few shortlisted shades side by side on a wall in the room and looking at them at different times of the day and night to determine which one you like most is a great way to avoid the process of re-painting. But, remember, the beautiful thing about working with paint is that even an unmitigated disaster can be painted over. Q WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING NEUTRALS FOR A ROOM? A The definition of what constitutes a ‘neutral palette’ has greatly expanded these days and includes whites, creams, beiges, greys and even some blue-greys. A neutral colour like Silver Mink on the walls of a baby’s room can create a lovely calm environment. Use white on neutral furnishings to lighten the space and create a beautiful contrast.
Surrounded by colour, your child’s imagination can run wild. Soft gelati colours, such as Dusty Sky (a pale blue/green), form a lively backdrop for creative play.
The older the children, the more input they can have on the themes, colours and motifs that resonate with them. If they’re old enough, they could even help you paint (and stencils on walls are a fun activity for kids of any age)!
If you’re stuck for inspiration, try re-exploring classic shades. Bold reds and blues create a vibrant energy. The taupe shades of wall colour Hedgehog create the perfect backdrop to a nautically inspired room.
You can’t go wrong with a great neutral colour. A strong beige/grey shade such as Stonington Beige is calming yet confident.
To give a baby girl’s room a modern twist that is still feminine, use a soft pinky-purple shade such as Heiress on the walls.