Spring colours for your nursery

Rebecca Randall is a colour specialist at Rebecca Randall Colour and Design so I asked her to tell us more about the colours you could choose for your nursery this Spring and why.

Her next workshop will be @canvaspace on 11th May, you can book a spot via either her or Canvaspace’s website.

Spring is here and whether you are expecting or have just delivered your bundle of joy the nursery is a vital part of the new baby’s world! When thinking about what colour to decorate the nursery, there are so many factors to take into consideration, not least of which is the gender of the new arrival! Parents have traditionally decorated their nurseries in gender specific colours i.e pink for a girl and blue for a boy but this is only possible in advance if the sex of the baby is known beforehand.

If parents are keen to find out what is on trend in interiors it just so happens that the Pantone Colours of the Year are Serenity (pale blue) and Rose Quartz (pale pink). 2016 is the first year that Pantone have included 2 colours in their Colour of the Year and they attribute this to the blurring of gender lines and a move towards equality. Happily for parents wishing to follow the colour trend both of these colours are in the pastel end of the spectrum and are also fresh and reminiscent of Spring.


In general when choosing a colour for a nursery, parents should think about the mood they wish to create and the behaviour they would like to encourage. Paler colours are more soothing, whilst deeper tones are more stimulating. Most parents would want the nursery to be a place of calm and serenity that will encourage sleep, something that can be in very short supply in those early months!

Many parents feel drawn to the pastel colours intuitively and this will be because they feel soothed too! In Colour Psychology blue is the colour of the mind and so can be mentally calming. If cuddles were a colour they would be pink. Yellow which affects us emotionally is best avoided as overuse can bring out the negative effects that are agitation and irritation, neither of which would be conducive to a good night’s sleep! The more vibrant colours associated with children’s toys and products, are better suited to accent colours in smaller proportion rather than walls, or perhaps to a playroom.

In general, when thinking about the type of décor, try and focus on the mood and behaviour that you wish to evoke. Colour is so powerful and can have negative as well as positive effects on our well being. Small babies generally need soothing rather than stimulating in the space in which they sleep and this should be one of the major considerations when choosing colours for the nursery.