(Welcome to Amara, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)
When I got pregnant, suddenly every little waft of cigarette smoke or whiff of gasoline fumes was an imminent threat to the developing brain of my unborn child.
So when my husband and I went to paint our nursery, I threw open all the windows and doors and dragged in a floor fan, even though it was 40 degrees outside, for fear of otherwise inhaling toxic paint odors. Too bad little YOLO wasn't around then; it would have solved my paint problems.
YOLO Colorhouse, a small eco-conscious company in Portland, Oregon, has developed a line of subtly hued, very beautiful paints for babies and young children. Named little YOLO, the first collection is sweetly named Sprout.
Besides the fact that the paints are lovely to look at, with colors
like celery green and quiet orange providing a welcome alternative from the typical powder blue and soft pink usually meant for nurseries, the paints themselves are healthier than most.
All six tones are VOC-free, meaning there's no smell or off-gassing as your walls dry, perfect for conscientious mothers (and fathers) -to-be. And because the founders of the company are realists about how children treat their surroundings, the paints dry to a scrub-friendly finish, letting you wash off tiny paw prints or crayon smudges without ruining the color.
Plus, there's an extra bonus to the line: The company creates samples
of its paint in poster-size swatches, so you don't have all those
annoying half-full small cans of paint left in your hall closet after
you've tested them on your walls. The only hitch is that at $37/gallon, they're not cheap—but they will leave you breathing easy.