Tips for Painting Your Little One’s Nursery Room

Painting your baby’s nursery room is an important part of preparing to become a parent. In fact, the process is called ‘nesting’ and it can help you to bond with your baby long before their arrival. Getting creative and having fun is a great way to approach this, but here are some important tips that might help to guide you along the way.

A Strong Finish is a Great Start

Paint comes in a variety of finishes which can make the painting process that much more confusing. Matte looks amazing and bespoke, but the practicalities of having it in a nursery room may sway your decision. Matte is not an easy surface to wipe and may mean you have to touch up the paint job regularly. An eggshell finish has the least amount of sheen after matte, with a surface that can be easily wiped.

Go Green

No, we don’t mean go green in colour – unless you want to, in which case, we are all for the vibrancy! Going green means selecting paints with fewer to no toxic compounds so that your baby is in the safest environment possible, while you are helping the environment at large too. To do this, look for paints that have no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which emit little to no toxic solvents. To be on the (even) safer side, make sure that the room has plenty of time to aerate before your little one is brought to their new sanctuary.

Colour

Speaking of colour, this is where it gets really fun! Start by picking a theme that you like and choosing colours which can bring out the best elements of that theme. Painting test patches on the wall is a great way to see which colours will work best in the particular space. There are really no rules here, but be mindful of whether or not you want something bold and bright or a more neutral palette that can work well with other elements of the nursery. The most important thing? Having fun…

The Best Paint for You and Your Baby

If you are a bona fide DIY guru, then sourcing quality paint with no organic compounds should be one of your top priorities. If you are not so DIY savvy, you can never go wrong with a professional paint job from a reputable paint store. The team at Paint Doctor can provide you with both and ensure that your little one has an amazing space to come home to. Contact their team or visit their website for more information.

Time to Repaint?

The durability of paint varies based on the quality of paint, the efficiency of the paint job itself as well as the climate and location that you are situated in. Coastal homes, for example, may needed to be repainted more regularly as the exterior is more frequently exposed to sand, wind, salty air and sun. Paint likes to tell stories, so look out for these signs that a new paint job is in order;

Faded Paint

Also known as photodegradation, recurrent exposure to the elements (particularly UV light stemming from the sun) changes the composition of the pigments in the paint. Those changes result in a decreased vibrancy and colour intensity. Often, areas that deal with more intense exposure are affected worse than other areas, which makes for an unsightly comparison. If you see faded areas or an overall fade and loss of colour intensity, it is definitely time to repaint those walls!

Blistering Paint

Blistering paint occurs when the top layer of paint separates from the coatings underneath it. Moisture is normally the culprit, so surfaces need to be dried and prepared accordingly to prevent bubbling. Without the necessary precautions having been taken, any paint finish has the capacity to blister and create bubbles.

Latex and acrylic paint are particularly prone to this, so it is important to have the paint job done professionally and to source paint from reputable paint manufacturers – particularly in a place like Johannesburg where we get frequent bouts of rain in the Summer season.

Chalky Paint

UV light is the usual suspect again for paint that is emanating a chalky residue. The UV rays weaken the binders in the paint, leaving pockets for the pigment to escape. Sometimes, the binders react when in contact with oxygen which results in a response known as oxidation. Oxidation has the same effect on paint that the UV rays do.

The Ticking of Time

All paint jobs need to be redone once the decay of time has struck. With that being said, quality paint and a vast understanding of its application goes a long way to lengthen the distance between maintenance periods. If it’s time to repaint, make it look better and last longer by contacting the team at Paint Doctor, or visiting their website for more information.

2019’s Best Décor Paint Colours

Whether you’re considering making a change in the interior or the exterior of your home, a new paint colour has the potential to transform your space into everything you were dreaming of, or a manifestation of your worst nightmare in reality. Choosing a colour can be daunting, but this list describes 2019’s most popular decor colours and what they can do for your design.

Forest Green

Bringing a hint of nature into your space, combined with a kind of lavishness that is difficult to describe will be sure to leave you smiling, especially if you have opted for this colour in your bedroom or living room, where it is sure to perform its best. It gets even better – this colour can be paired with such a variety of other colours that making your space uniquely yours will prove to be no challenge at all.

Yellow

It’s a bold move, but that is exactly why you would choose it. Brighten up a bedroom, living room, bathroom or even laundry room with an inspiring yellow that brings cheer to any wall it adorns. Pair bright yellow with bold, geometric patterns and furniture pieces of solid colour that contrast and add balance to the look.

Grey

Grey doesn’t represent dull and dreary. Instead, this wonderful shade can be used externally for a classic and contemporary look to your home, or in the interior to add an element of class and sophistication to any space. This year, colour-hybrids such as grey-lilac are creating exploratory variations to enjoy whilst maintaining subtlety for those who prefer understated design.

Looking for Paint?

If you’ve been inspired to change the interior or exterior of your home, finding quality paint should be a top priority. Paint Doctor has a wide range of colours and solutions that come in quality finishes that you can rely on. Contact them or visit their website for more information.