Playroom or Baby Room Paint Colours that are Gender Neutral
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Are you trying to figure out the best paint colour palette for your new baby’s nursery? Are you patiently (or impatiently) waiting for the big day to find out whether it’s a boy or girl? Then you will love this article!
I’ve created 3 Easy Steps to help you make a colour palette that is gender-neutral enough to suit a boy or a girl – or both if that’s the case!
The Best Benjamin Moore Paint Colours for a Nursery – when you don’t know what the heck you’re having!
There’s NO SHORTAGE of gorgeous paint colours for a gender neutral playroom or nursery, just keep in mind that off-white neutral paint colours can make for great base colours, making it easier to add a wide range of accent colours!
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY OWL OC-52
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY CASHMERE 2138-60
Gray Cashmere is a soft light blend of gray, blue and green. Whereas the dominant colour in Gray Owl is gray, you’ll find that the gray in this colour takes a bit of a backseat, as the blue and green shift depending on the exposure of the room.
BENJAMIN MOORE PALLADIAN BLUE HC-144
Palladian Blue is a beautiful blue/green/gray blend AGAIN. However, this is a COLOUR FIRST colour – it will never be mistaken for gray. The gray in it just calms it down, so it’s a more grounded feeling rather than a teal or aquamarine. See more blue-green blends HERE.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS BIG CHILL SW 7648
When it comes to light, cool gray paint colours, Big Chill is an awesome choice. If you want a bit more depth/undertone, you can also look at Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.
BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY HC-168
BENJAMIN MOORE TIMID WHITE OC-39
BENJAMIN MOORE FEATHERBED 928
Featherbed is a gorgeous, slightly stronger yellow paint colour, which can be great if you have north or east-facing light as the yellow will hold itself a bit better compared to the softer cream range.
Before, the yellow was a bit too strong for this soon-to-be nursery…
After, with Featherbed, everything is much softer and muted looking, while still having some good ‘colour’ to it…
You don’t have to take these accent colours quite literally. They are just approximate examples of accent colours that are fun, kid-oriented and gorgeous! If you prefer a more NEUTRAL approach, you can take one or NONE from the above and just go to STEP 3.
Just take the hot pink out of this next photo and change it to red or dark charcoal and you’ll have a STUNNING palette with personality!
- If you’ve chosen one accent colour from Step 2, choose one to two neutrals
- If you’ve chosen two to three accent colours from Step 2, choose only one neutral
A few other things to think about when creating your palette…
- North-facing rooms that are low-light don’t handle cooler, heavier colours as well
- South-facing rooms can benefit from cool-toned paint colours
- Size matters! Pay attention to the depth of your paint colour to make sure it suits your room
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Originally written in 2018, updated in 2020