Entry #8 Baby-O's Ode to Color

Name: Baby-O, age unknown (pending adoption from Vietnam)
Location: Ypsilanti, MI

Why I chose these colors for the nursery:
When it came to the nursery, I wanted something that was child friendly, but could "grow up," too. I also wanted the room to be fairly gender-neutral so it can be used for future children. The bedding and walls are sky blue, but I wanted to incorporate more color in subtle ways with touches of lime, chocolate, orange, and pink throughout - combinations that compliment one another, but are a bit unexpected for a nursery.

These colors, when mixed with playful textures, are young enough for a child's room, but will not seem too "baby-ish" as the child grows. This particular room in the house gets beautiful morning sun. I knew I'd be up early with the baby, so I wanted to be in a room that would make me happy to be awake. The crisp blue color makes the room feel so fresh and alive in the morning.

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Two Good Color Tips:
When selecting paint colors for the walls of your home, take a look around your closet! I tend to wear colors that make me feel good and enjoy rooms painted in those shades as well.

Consider the mood you want to experience, the type of lighting, and the activities that take place in that room. While I may choose a deep, warm grey for a cozy guest room that only gets evening sun, a warm, buttery yellow works best for our active living room that gets bright mid-morning sun.

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Color(s) and brand(s) of paint used in the room:
Lowe's American Tradition in River Mist

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