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Generally, when people start thinking about baby nursery design, the two first colors to come to mind are pink and blue. It's obvious and it's overdone. Now, if you've always dreamed of a cotton-candy pink baby nursery for your little angel, go for it. However, if you're thinking about something a little different, don't be afraid to try out some of these color schemes:
• Green. There are many different shades of green, but try to find a green that falls in the “warm” spectrum of colors. Keep the walls a soft muted green and add layers of color by applying stencils, photographs, etc.
• Yellow. Not everyone loves yellow, but it can be done in a way that isn't too bright, overwhelming or over-the-top. You don't want it so yellow that your baby has nightmares of canaries. What you want to do is paint the walls a soft white-yellow, and then incorporate bouquets of yellow flowers (they can be artificial), stuffed animals, photographs, etc., into the nursery.
• Red and Purple. Now that's bold! Everybody goes for soft, muted colors, but there's nothing to say you can't go for the gusto. Really! Your baby honestly won't be psychologically damaged if you choose bright contrasting colors for the baby nursery. Take a purple baby cradle and coordinate the room with red baby bedding, etc.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can always do web searches for photographs of other baby nurseries, or buy some interior decorating magazines for more help.