design decisions

Monday, April 4, 2011

Now, on to some reader questions!  Alise has decided to decorate her nursery similar to the pink and navy board (shown below) but has received some concerns about painting the room such a dark color.  I think a navy room would be delightful, and I often think about going navy should we be so blessed with a baby #2 in the future, but I can certainly understand the pushback.  I would consider a few things before making the decision.  (1) Does the room get a lot of sunlight?  Vivi’s room has two large windows, and because of the location within the house, it is always very bright in there, and I am considering getting extra lining for her curtains to make it more cozy for daytime naps.  This being the case, I think a dark color would work well.  (2) If you plan to get a lighter/brighter crib, a bright rug, and use white curtains and bright accents throughout the room (similar to the style board), I think it will look quite smart and crisp.  (3) If painting the entire room navy seems daunting, then perhaps think about painting one or two walls navy, and the other two white.  This could also be done as a first step to see what you think about it before painting the entire room.  Below is a photo of a nursery with one wall done in navy (also consider Jenna Lyon’s ever – present nursery with the black accent wall) – it looks really nice and the white accents just pop so perfectly!

Second question of the day is from Sheri, who wants to do a room similar to the Steve McQueen Vintage board, but she wants to know a wall color.  Benjamin Moore’s Soft Mint would be a great choice, as it looks like a vintage blue, and would make the red accents really pop.  It would also go nicely with the olive green chair as well.  Hope that helps!

6 responses to “design decisions”

  1. Kate Morgner says:

    i am with you on all these things and I am working on my son’s nursery and I painted a bold color, I am being indecisive, using lots of old things, found things, hand-me downs and made things.. thanks for all the fun inspiration!

  2. Jana says:

    Go for it! Navy is a beautiful, classic, versatile color. My daughter wants a pink room so bad, so we are compromising on Navy and Pink w/ spring green accents.

  3. Alise says:

    Joni- Thanks so much for this post! Great advice on the bold colors…Love how you put everything together!

  4. mdupuis says:

    Hi Alise-

    I used a wonderful navy in my husband’s office a few years ago and sadly painted over it when baby #4 was on the way and we needed the space. The color was Rich Navy by Glidden available at Home Depot. We did all four walls and the room did not get direct sunlight and it was in no way to dark! Finally, if you don’t like it, you can always repaint! Unlike a bad haircut, you don’t have to wait for it to grow back! 🙂

  5. sue says:

    love this post! esp b/c i feel like i know a little more about you. =)

  6. Katie says:

    I LOVE this color combo with the navy wall! I need to convince my husband that our guest room would look fabulous in pink and navy. Your designs always make kids rooms look so ‘COOL’ instead of just ‘sweet.’

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