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.

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Design Special -

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.

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