It’s Week 2 of my One Room Challenge Nursery Design, and I’m elaborating on the paint color I chose because it really sets the tone and color palette of the room. In Week 1 I shared my inspiration for a girl’s nursery with colors that are not the white, light and bright colors you might expect of a nursery, but rather colors that are a bit quieter but still pretty. Part of this thinking was because I also contemplated using wallpaper, but even with just one accent wall it was going to be pretty costly. So I wanted a wall color that could stand on it’s own, make a statement, not be boring, but still be neutral. That meant I didn’t want a typical gray, white, or beige but a more complex color that is still warm. So I started looking into these Benjamin Moore colors in the taupe and warm gray category. I really liked that these were not an obvious color like gray or white. They look like they could be gray, beige, pink, mocha, or all of the above depending on the light or what you pair with it. From these I narrowed it down to testing samples of three colors: BM Hampshire Taupe (990), Stone Hearth (984), and Smokey Taupe (983). (left to right) It was really helpful to paint these on the wall because the lack of natural light in this room changed how they looked. As soon as I put these up it felt like I was taking a risk with these colors. And I was planning to paint the ceiling, too! I felt Stone Hearth (middle) was going to be a bit too dark. I debated between Smokey Taupe (right) and Hampshire Taupe (left) and in the end chose Hampshire Taupe because it had more of a richer, pinkish tone which made it look more like a mauve. I thought it was fitting for a girl’s nursery! I went with BM Simply White (OC-117) for the trim and doors because it’s a classic warm white that goes with almost everything.