One of the most exciting aspects of a pregnancy is getting ready for the arrival of your wee one, and in a stage that is officially known as 'nesting', many parents will be especially keen to set up a bedroom for their baby.
Traditional colours focus around pale blue and pink, and while there's certainly nothing wrong with either of these sweet hues, there are plenty more options available.
Other colours are more gender neutral yellows and greens (perhaps for those who are waiting to find out the gender of their baby!), or purples and reds.
The main thing to remember is that the nursery is the room in which you get to have the most fun decorating. Don't be afraid to be bold and go bright, let out your inner child and do what makes you happy.
If you can't decide on just one paint colour, pick a few and incorporate them together as a palette. Stripes, spots and patterns are all exciting ways you can bring new life to that old study you're converting into a room for baby!
What to do if you're renting
As any renter will know, most landlords aren't lenient enough to let you decorate at will.
In this case, you're usually stuck with the wall colours that were there when you moved in, and there's no way of changing that without buying a home of your own.
In the meantime, one creative way of getting around this is to paint existing or old furniture with cute and exciting new colours to give the room some vibrancy and delight. Resene testpots are ideal for painting photo frames, ornaments and canvases. Pick up a free Resene KidzColour colour chart from your Resene ColorShop or order a free copy online.
The stretching action of painting can cause extra strain when you’re pregnant, so the best idea is choose the colours and paint and get someone else to do the painting for you.
While the decorations are more for you at this early stage, it will be much easier to get all of this sorted well before the birth, because once bubba comes along, you probably won't have much spare time to deal with paints, colours and wallpapers!