by James Dewar
Baby blue, baby pink and lemon yellow. Those colours have a two-hundred-year tradition for welcoming home newborns. But they can be too predictable, gender specific, and quickly outgrown. Here are seven palettes that will last until they’re old enough to choose their own colours.
Green –not a pastel or a mint, but a soft shade of fresh spring green with a little white mixed in. Furnish with dark wood accessories in a walnut or cherry shade.
Eggshell –a soft off-white, like a brown eggshell with white added. When paired with white bedlinens and furnishings, this is a sophisticated light-filled look. And a little colour from accessories can change it up regularly.
Apricot –a pale tint of the fruit – a little gold, a little peach – again with lots of white mixed in. Pair with pale gray for a quiet room, or use brighter orange and red linens and furnishings to give the room vibrancy.
Violet –the updated girl colour. A pale mauve she can grow with. Pair this with yellow and green for vibrancy and freshness.
Aqua –more pale turquoise than baby blue. Pair with navy for a masculine feel or white and butter for a restful, gender-neutral palette.
Butter –a pale, light-filled yellow. Pair with gray or white.
Gray –a pale colour neutral gray pairs beautifully with so many of these lighter colours, giving them depth and sophistication. It also works beautifully with white to create a clean, airy feel.
To visualize these colours using your computer, plug these hex numbers into your art or photography program: