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Guide to Nursery Painting

Preparing the nursery is one of the first things many parents do when they find out they're expecting. The paint color you choose for your child's nursery will change the way the nursery looks and may even influence your baby's mood. These tips will help you throughout the process.
Get Started Early
A lot can happen during a pregnancy. Late in pregnancy, some women are limited to easy physical tasks or even bed rest. This can make spouses or partners extra busy, and can make remodeling projects, like wall painting, more difficult.

Getting the paint applied to the nursery early in the pregnancy helps to ensure that the room is ready when the baby is born. Once you know that you're expecting a child, make a to-do list and put painting the nursery toward the top. This will help you organize your time and get the big things out of the way early into your nine-month wait. 
Pick the Theme Before the Color
Many couples like to pick a theme for their nursery. Owls, bears, rainbows and flowers are common examples of themes that parents choose for their nursery. The theme of the nursery will have an influence on the colors in the room — so, before picking your paint color, pick the theme. This way, you'll be able to match the decor in the room to the theme, and everything will be cohesive when the project is finished. 

When choosing the color to match the theme, you might find yourself wondering which colors are most appropriate for a baby. Some parents consider the mood or state of mind that produced by certain colors. In general, warm colors contribute to feelings of good cheer and high energy, while cool colors encourage feelings of peace and calm. You can pick whichever color seems most appropriate for your home. 
Use Samples First
Just because a paint color looks good in the paint shop doesn't mean that it will look good on your baby's walls. Choose several paint possibilities and buy samples of each, then apply them to the walls in the room. When applying samples, paint large squares (two feet by two feet is fine) on the walls next to one another. Wait for the paint to dry, then view the paints at different times of day. 
Choose an Easy-to-Clean Finish
Different paints have different finishes. Matte and flat paint have the least amount of shine, so they absorb stains and liquids easily. These paint colors are not appropriate for a child's bedroom, where stains and hand prints may be a common problem. 

Satin and eggshell finishes are both somewhat shinier and more repellent of liquids and stains. Satin is more shiny than eggshell, but both clean relatively easily. Some parents may find that eggshell is preferable because its low shine can help reduce visual stimulation and create a calming atmosphere.  
Avoid VOC Paint
VOC stands for "volatile organic compound." VOCs are responsible for some of the odor in freshly painted walls. When the paint dries, VOCs continue to release gas that affects indoor air quality for a long time to come. The gas emitted by VOCs is considered toxic.

Although the government now regulates the VOCs in paint, a lot of the standard paint available to consumers still contains VOCs. Some paint companies make low- or no-VOC paint. Parents who want to limit gas from VOCs in their home should choose products labelled "low VOC" or "no VOC."  
Contact a Reputable Painting Company in Your Area
If you're planning to paint a nursery in the next few months, contact a reputable paint company in your area for more information. At Elite Painting, we're happy to answer any questions to help you create the perfect room for your new addition.
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