Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake, Painter’s Can: Choosing Colors for the Nursery

September 24, 2020 2 min read

A nursery painted with a white Benjamin Moore paint color, available at Harrison Paint Co in LA.

Oh baby, congratulations on the bundle of joy on the way! Aside from picking out the perfect name (no pressure), choosing how to paint your newborn’s nursery is one of the biggest decisions to be made before their arrival.

As the two of you will be spending a lot of time together in the nursery, you’ll want to choose gentle colors that work like a lullaby: they should evoke cozy feelings of comfort and calm and will cradle them right to sleep. 

Interestingly, infants don’t see in color at first – their lens on the world is a monochromatic blur. As they develop, they focus on contrasting colors (which is why they’re so fascinated by patterns) and by six months, their vision is close to 20/20. Although no baby has ever confirmed this in babble-speak, experts believe little ones prefer pastels as well as highly-saturated colors. 

When choosing what to paint the nursery, you’ll also want to consider: 

  • Decor: Take color cues from the nursery’s darling bedding, cute curtains or adorable area rug. It’s much easier to choose the textiles first and then build a color scheme, rather than paint the nursery and then try to find furnishings and accents that match. 
  • Transitions: The nursery will likely transition to a bedroom as baby grows from an infant to a toddler and beyond. With a neutral palette, you can easily update and personalize the room’s theme by swapping out accents as your kiddo’s interests evolve.  
  • Finish: For walls prone to tiny fingerprints and other unmentionable incidents (once they hit the Terrible Twos, you’ll totally get it), you want a paint finish that is easy to clean. Eggshell or satin finishes are durable, stain resistant and hide surface flaws.    
  • VOCs: Your home is your family’s safe space. Breathe easier about indoor air quality with a product like Benjamin Moore’s greenest paint, Natura® which is certified asthma and allergy friendly, and has zero VOCs and zero emissions. 

Uh, we probably won’t be able to make it to the baby shower, so consider the following list of our favourite Benjamin Moore colors our gift for your nursery:

Benjamin Moore Hush AF-95

AF-95 Hush - Soothing beige with the slightest yellow undertone warms up a room like a smile and a snuggle.


Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray 2124-70

2124-50 Bunny Gray - This adorable neutral’s cool undertones play well in spaces bathed in natural light.


Benjamin Moore's OC-72 Pink Damask

OC-72 Pink Damask - Cream with the sweetest whisper of blush, this neutral is sure to send them off to dreamland.


Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn OC-15

OC-15 Baby Fawn - Like its forest-dwelling namesake, this dear color pairs perfectly with natural wood furniture and trim.


Benjamin Moore's Lavender Mist 2070-60

2070-60 Lavender Mist - The perfect blend of pretty pinks and cool blues, subdued purples are an adorable choice for a gender-neutral palette.


Benjamin Moore 2037-70 Fresh Mint

2037-70 Fresh Mint - Green symbolizes growth, good health and harmony – what more could you want for your sleepy sweet pea?