This week was a more certain one than last.
By that I mean life seemed a little more known; answers were had (see previous post), tangible progress was made, and probably something else but I’m mostly excited for these two.
Baby is healthy and emotionally stable (maybe? check here for an interesting take on mother-infant associations and goodness of fit, more on this in a later post), it certainly moves enough.
We also took the next step in preparing the nursery for our wee one: we painted the room!
We are still unaware of the sex of the baby and so we planned our room accordingly…with an under-the-sea theme. We are using ocean blues and greens staccato’d by seaweed, bubbles, and Garibaldi.
Through this, I was introduced to the concept of Ombré. Not to be confused with Ombre the trick-taking card game for three people using a pack of forty cards, popular in Europe in the 17th–18th centuries, or Hombre the 1967 revisionist western film directed by Martin Ritt, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and starring Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Martin Balsam, and Diane Cilento, or Harambe the 17-year-old Western lowlands gorilla that captured the heart of a nation, or Harambee the Kenyan tradition of community self-help events.
No, Ombré. The gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually in shades from dark to light. Apparently this a well-known thing among the women in my life due to it being a popular hair-coloring technique. I know it through its many appearances in nature. There is a trend of having black and white nurseries to capitalize on the baby’s ocular development. The idea is that a newborn’s eyes can detect contrast sooner and so having a highly contrasted color scheme, such as black and white, promotes earlier achievement of developmental milestones. Too strong a contrast, however, might lead to an over-stimulated or fussy baby. The research is still forthcoming so the verdict is out on which approach is best. Our approach is a bit of a Gestalt compromise (sticking with the neuropsych theme, check this out about Gestalt principles).
With the ombréd wall providing a warm soft ground and the seaweed, bubbles, and Garibaldi giving us popping and engaging figures we have both camps covered. It seems to me that the world around us is full of soft grounds with snappy figures and so why not start our child’s visual journey that way?
Plus, we love the way it looks and helping parents’ moods to be agreeable has to good for the baby.