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With paint, you can completely transform a room in less than a day! Don't feel limited to whites and beiges: Color can be a powerful (and inexpensive) decorating tool. "Don't let the salespeople convince you that you want pastels; get a color you like and will like for a long time," says Broc Clark. "This is a room for both you and your child to enjoy."
Jo, due with her first baby in November, says of her nursery, "The bedroom wall's currently a dirty white color and needs a lick of paint to brighten it up. I'm considering either a relaxing green or a bright white with a touch of green."
You might also want to try some decorative paintwork techniques, such as sponging, stenciling, faux finishing and murals of every shape and size. "Murals are a long-standing tradition of kid's rooms, and what better place for a parent to try out artistic abilities?" says Jamie Hurd. "If you are not comfortable with entire murals, rooms can take on quite a bit a visual interest with the addition of stenciled or sponged images, such as frogs, butterflies or clouds."
Hurt suggests adding visual interest with the background colors in the room. "Perhaps choose one wall to paint a different color than the rest and embellish that wall with stencils and accents, or divide the walls from top to bottom, similar to a wainscot. This allows for more color in the room, as well as the opportunity for semi-gloss paints to be used below for easy cleanup."
When it comes to completing the actual paintwork while you're pregnant, family physician Jane Forester says, "The safest route is to let someone else do the painting and for you not to be nearby." If you do decide that you must be involved in the painting, be sure there is ample cross-ventilation (use fans and open windows) and wear gloves, a mask and protective clothing. Also, don't bring any drinks or food into the room while doing the work. Dr Forester adds, "The biggest fear with these fumes is the risk of the unknown dangers."
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Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.