I thought it might be fun every week to look at a room in detail to break the different elements down to be able to get a look similar to the ones in the images featured, sometimes for less cost than it would normally take to do the room. This week I decided to look at a one nursery room in detail. I thought this image was a good starting point. While the colors and architectural elements are strong the rest of the room is basic which is a good jumping off point. Nursery rooms vary widely in color and theme. Parents can express their decorating style or go all out and really decorate in a kid-specific color palette.
I found this image on the IP Moulding website (by the way, their moulding is prefinished; it actually comes in this beautiful white color without any painting needed!). I love the light and bright look of the room though the colors are a bit bright. There is no mistaking that it is a child’s room. I could see it transitioning into a fun room for a toddler as well. Let’s get into the elements of the room.
# 1 - Color
The color jumps out at you from the picture above. Color is important in a baby’s room; it sets the feeling of the room. Do you want bright and playful or muted and relaxing? This room is bright and playful, but I can see other colors working well in this room. The white moulding that is used would play well off of just about any color. I went to my favorite color site (Design Seeds) to play with the color palettes on there to see what else I could come up with for this room.
I thought that this one would be wonderful for a more muted look. It still has color but not in such a big bright way. Imagine the darker gray-green on the bottom of the wall with the lighter almost misty gray-lavender color on top. It might look nice and add some texture if you added some wallpaper inside of the panels.
This palette is so calming; it reminds me of the Constellation Nursery I mentioned on Monday. There is something soothing about colors that don’t really stimulate the eye. You could add a wall mural on the top part of the wall, also in neutral colors, to provide some movement to the background.
Money saving tip: Look for paint in the “oops” bins that they have at any store that sells paint. These are paint colors that someone decided they didn’t want. I have found a lot of the colors that I have used in my projects in that section, and they are usually a fraction of the cost of getting a custom color.
# 2 - Moulding
The first thing that jumps out at me is the moulding. There is a lot of moulding on the wall. I love the faux wainscot look created by using screen trim to create the panels between the chair rail and the base moulding. There are a lot of blogs out there that have instructions on how to create faux wainscoting; one of my favorites is over at Welcome to Heardmont. Check it out if you are thinking about doing a similar project. Using moulding as a unique decorative element really adds to the character of a room; it’s that finishing touch that every room, no matter the decorating style, needs to look finished.
# 3 - Furniture
The furniture in this room is a beautiful bright white which is perfect when you are into finding second-hand items at estate and yard sales and making them your own. I tend to spend some of my time each Saturday checking out at least a couple of estate and yard sales. I find all kinds of good deals on furniture and décor.
You can find second-hand cribs almost anywhere. If you do go with a used crib make sure you replace the mattress with a new one. Also remember to check the gap between the slats on the crib to ensure that they are no more than 2-3/8 inches for safety (some older cribs have a wider gap which is not safe). If you find one in a color you don’t like you can always use your DIY skills to paint it to your liking (if you are pregnant you may ask your partner to do the painting for you!).
The other key furniture pieces are a changing table/dresser and a rocker. I like the older looking rocker in this nursery. You can find this style of rocker at many estate and yard sales for a low price. For the changing table I would look for a sturdy dresser I could paint in the color I want and build a changing table topper for it. I found a video on how to refinish a dresser to use as a changing table here and a great tutorial on how to build a changing table topper (to keep that baby in!) on Meg Made Designs. The blog post contains some very easy instructions and the result is beautiful. If you head over there to check out the project I suggest you take a look around, I am particularly fond of the “house and furniture projects” section.
# 4 - Accessories
Accessories are always the fun part for a nursery aren’t they? There are so many different directions you can go. The accessories in the image are kind of minimal but they add to the overall feminine feel of the room. The baskets provide storage for toys and add to the décor. Baskets can be a very inexpensive addition to the décor. Watch your local craft stores for coupons/sales and you can stock up on them. I buy ones that have an interesting shape then paint them when I decide how I’m going to use them.
One of the great things about a child’s room is that the toys are also part of the décor. I think it’s a good idea to also add some other touches. A pillow the rocker can be purchased but decorative pillows can sometimes be a little expensive. Instead you can purchase a plain white or solid color pillow and use some fabric paint to decorate it with whatever pattern you want. Make sure to add some pictures or artwork to the walls. There are a lot of DIY ideas for art to put in a nursery on Pinterest. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas:
What are your favorite things about a baby room/nursery? Have you done a baby room where you had a hand in creating some of the elements yourself? I would love it if you would share you story and pictures with me!