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What color should I paint the baby room?

Question by Anna Sofia: What color should I paint the baby room?
I want to paint the baby room a bright (not too bright) yellow but my husband wants to paint the room a light red. Friends have told me that the baby needs to see bright colors, not dark ones. Which color is better? Will red really have a different effect on the baby?

Best answer:

Answer by gta
White makes room seem larger. That may benefit the adults.

Congrats and G-d keep you!

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14 Comments/Reviews

  • Topez says:

    Something soothing is needed – Carolina blue, a medium green color, a golden yellow would be ok —- go to Home Depo… “You can do it.. We can help!”

  • Casualchick says:

    I’ve heard that light pink, light green, or light blue would be best for the baby/babies. It makes them happy I think..

    Good luck! =))

  • Chrissey says:

    No, red won’t have a different affect on the baby, but painting all the wall red may be too much. To meet each other half way, you could paint an accent wall red and paint the other walls a golden yellow or something to compliment the red; depending on the red color you use.

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby.

  • poodle mom says:

    I guess it will be according to the type of mood you want the baby to be in. Read the source.

  • Carol L says:

    I prefer the yellow, as you can accent it with red and black. I dont like painting walls red, as you have to put several coats of paint on it to get the red you want. so much work! Red would also not be very calming for the baby, especially in the bedroom! Babies need calming soothing colors at bedtime…..

  • Jeff K says:

    I paint for a living and we paint a lot of baby rooms a lighter green color or a lighter yellow

    Use Sherwin Williams super paint, it is the best around and covers most colors in one coat. Kinda pricey but awesome product.

  • cerks_wife says:

    I would do both, yellow and red are a good combo! Very vibrant and relaxing. I would do 2 walls yellow and 2 red…alternating maybe…mirrored against each other.

  • Sharon W says:

    Do a red/yellow combo.

    I think too much yellow….or too much red….would be frightful after awhile.

    Don’t be afraid of prints either. As babies grow they start to see details and will love if there is something to focus on that they can see.

    Why not have a red accent wall with yellow curtains….then put a big fluffy red rug by the babies bed for playing on?

    Red and yellow together would be very cute. You could customize bedding to match that and it will really look adorable.

    Personally, as a pediatric nurse… I think what makes babies more intelligent is lots of stimulation. Whether that be seeing colors, listening to music, hearing parents voice in a positive tone, …..just constantly have the babies attention focused on something. Think vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch…. all of these engage the babies mind and make their brains active.

    A baby that is just tossed in a crib will suffer developmental disabilities even though there is no ‘physical’ reason for it. They must be emotionally engaged to thrive.

    You sound like you will both be wonderful parents. The baby isn’t even here yet and already you have it’s best interest at heart. Huggggsss…. the baby is very lucky to have both of you.

    Good luck!

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  • yowza says:

    babies see high contrast at first, rather than bright, dark, pastel, etc. So something like a light wall color with dark/bold curtains & pictures would be best.

    play around with the Sherwin Williams color visualizer to find something that you like. It is the best paint visualizer on the web, imho. I like how their color palette is laid out, I like that you can search by color family & color name, the “painted” rooms look the most realistic, and it suggests coordinating color schemes. You can literally spend hours:

    Maybe you & your husband could split the difference paint the room a yellow like “solaria” – # 6688 (this is what I painted my kitchen), and then paint at least one wall with wide stripes in something like “enticing red” – # 6600 for contrast.

    You can also take a photo of your room & upload it to the makeover gallery on this website:
    You can get color suggestions & they’ll photoshop them onto your room so that you can get an idea of what it will look like.

  • hdkid2 says:

    A light yellow is good for making the room happy and warm and supposedly helps stimulate muscle use.

  • TheDancer says:

    what i think is the best color to paint the room is a light non dark green, green is said to be a very soothing, calming, relaxing color, and it really doesnt go out of style. Congrats on the baby and i hope this helps u! good luck!

  • gemmma9 says:

    i would paint it a light yellow or cream colour. it’s neutral and adding paintings to the room will give it a different look as well. it won’t be too ‘full on’ if it’s a lighter colour, where as the red may be a bit too much 🙂

  • LuLu says:

    Theres a psychology behind colors. Yellow isn’t a good color for a nursery. It is often harsh on infants’ and children’s senses and when they get to be a few months old it can agitate them and cause you to have a crying, whining baby. Red is also a bad color. Like yellow, it is harsh and strong, but it is associated with anger. Kids with red or hot pink rooms are more high-strung and can be more aggressive and angry. I used to have a hot pink room and had trouble concentrating and I was very neurotic, but when I changed the colors to a soothing blue and green I became motivated and calm overnight. I would suggest white walls, since they are age-neutral (a 3 year old might want a pink room until they hit 7 and want a purple room), and then you can accent the walls with colored sheets, pillows, furniture, and curtains. That way, the room appears bigger, and you can easily change the colors as your child grows up. (you can also compromise with your husband….yellow/red striped blinds or something like that). Remember, good colors for a baby are not necessarily the colors a picky toddler wants.

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