Choosing Paint Colors: Nursery Edition

We planned our nursery makeover almost a month agoย and now with our staircase project behind us, our nursery project is in full swing. We only have six weeks left until our due date (eek!) so we are pushing full speed ahead to get it done in time.

This room is a little tricky to get done, since it is currently our toddler’s room and we are planning on having them share a room once the little one arrives. We usually paint when our toddler naps and after he goes to bed at night, but we haven’t had that luxury this time around.

So far, we have the ceiling primed and ready to go, but that’s all. For the past month, I was planning on painting the ceiling white and the walls blue, but when I went to pick out the exact blue (to match back to the Charley Harper fabric we are using in the room) I realized it was pretty much the exact same shade of blue that the room is currently and that really bummed me out.


So I totally flipped out (which my husband says I do every time) and was worried about there being too much going on with all the prints I want to incorporate, so I was thinking about just painting the whole room white.

Nursery_Toddler_Room_Paint_Options_White Then I realized that was completely ridiculous, seeing as this is a room for kids and really is the one place is the house where I can have the most fun. So I settled on painting the ceiling a light grey and the back wall a dark grey accent.Nursery_toddler_room_paint_options_grey

I made this mock up of the room’s unique shape in Adobe Illustrator and it really helped me solidify my decision. I was able to play with a lot of options and am confident that this is the best one for the other details I am planning on incorporating.

This weekend we are hoping to complete the ceiling paint and then we can move onto the walls and trim in the following weeks. If we can finish all the paint by the end of the month, I will be thrilled.

In the meantime, I will keep you posted on all the improvements we make along the way. Next week, I should have the quilt done for the toddler bed and hopefully we will have a new light installed, so check back for more progress!


  1. says

    I love the fun pattern you are looking at for the room! I actually still like the walls blue- after so many years of renting and white walls at every place, being able to make the walls a place of color, especially if it’s a calming pretty blue like the sky or sea, doesn’t seem like a competition with room accessories. But, I like the accent of gray too, especially if you plan to put a lot of toddler art gallery up? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • says

      Yeah, that was my initial thought with the blue. But the blue it is now looks so dingy, that I think the grey will be a warm welcome. Plus, there will be LOTS of color added through the accessories, so I’m feeling pretty good about it.

  2. says

    Oh, I love, love, LOVE grey accent walls. So many people in the NW think grey won’t work, but if there is sufficient natural light, it is the perfect wall color to allow your other decor to stand out. Also, grey is a color that supposedly invokes inspiration and creativity ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. says

    We’ve always rented (and still do), but I’ve dreamed about perusing the billions of paint chips and picking out the perfect colors. I’m glad you settled on something you like!

    • says

      This is our first house and I love being able to paint, but we rented for a long time. It’s so fun now that they have all of those removable decal options, so you can even make a rental wall colorful!

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