Guest Blogger: Beautiful Baby Blues

Hi, I am Lesley Smith, an interior designer and paint consultant from Paint Your Space. I have been asked by Project Nursery to share my knowledge about color selection for a nursery with PN readers. Preparing the nursery for your newcomer usually starts with wall color followed by a fresh coat of paint. This is the start to an exciting journey!

Now you just found out your having a boy and the color blue pops into your mind! A perfect shade of blue can be a hard pick. I am partial to helping out the first time moms having boys because I have two myself. Girls! Girls! Girls!…..that is all I see and hear about, but boys can be fun too.

The first question I ask my customers is….”Do you have an inspiration piece, bedding, favorite photo, or just something you love?” In order to pick the perfect shade for a customer I need to experience their taste.

Take into consideration all shades of blue varying from light to dark. Favorite blues can range from powder blue to mod turquoise to bold navy. Try to compliment the nursery color with the rest of the decor in your house…the colors should flow as well as style.


Soft, calm blues make for a precious nursery. Benjamin Moore Tear Drop Blue 2053-60, Wedgewood Gray HC-146, and Palladian Blue HC-144 (personal favorite!) accomplish this serene look.

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The modern nursery should be fun and striking. Sherwin Williams’s Thermal Spring SW 6761or Benjamin Moore’s Captivating Teal 649 are both a funky, fresh take to the nursery.

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Too often we are afraid to use a dark color in a nursery but the outcome can become rich and timeless. Bold navy adds drama to the walls and pops the moldings. Pratt and Lambert’s Old World 1222 is a classic that not only adds the drama, but is warm and rich.

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Paint color can be a challenge, but an exciting process especially for a nursery! Visit for any additional help using my paint consultation service.


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