Name: Audrey (4)
Color Inspiration: When I learned my first baby was a girl I knew I didn't want to do predictable colors in her nursery. Despite friends who warned about using strong colors for babies, I wanted a room that was red, white and black. I had painted an armoire glossy red a few years ago and wanted to build the room around it. With this concept floating around in my head I went hunting for the perfect fabric--something with a strong color appeal that would be appropriate for a baby but also last a few years--something she could grow into as a young girl. I didn't find it! But I did find this beautiful gold floral!
Name: Ford (2)
Location: Dunwoody, GA
Color Inspiration: I was originally going for a calm, soothing, baby-chic nursery but found the curtains at Ikea one day and the room took shape from there. We added the wall library after seeing it featured on ohdeedoh - I love how the books become decor and my son enjoys having his books at hand. We used a staple-gun to place bright colored fabric to the back of our Ikea bookcase to add even more color to the room. It can easily be switched out when we transition to his big-boy room. The room came together over time and we love it!
Name: California (9 months)
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Color Inspiration: I have always loved pink and orange together. California's room was previously my home office, which was hot pink, pale pink and orange. So the lazy decorator in me breathed a sigh of relief when I found out I was having a a girl. The only things I had to do were bring in her crib, dresser and shelves and focus on some special touches like bedding. My favourite part of her room is the customized flower and bird wall decal.
Name: Lyla Kate (9 months)
Location: Bryan, TX
Color Inspiration: For practical reasons, the red glider from my son's nursery served as the starting point for our color palette. I found lots of girl bedding that I liked - but, nothing with red. I began looking at fabrics and found an old Amy Butler print that I loved and enlisted the help of my mom and sister to create something unique. The chair, the fabric and a black and white striped bird that I wanted to use became the color foundation. The other colors came in as I added old items used in our rooms as kids and new gifts from special people. I even borrowed some things from friends and other parts of our house. I love color and always end up using more than I originally planned!
Name: Lucas (soon to be born)
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Color Inspiration: We wanted our newborn's nursery to be the happiest brightest room in house. Most of the rooms are neutral with a pop of color, so for his room we collected all our favorite pop colors and let them explode in the space. We stuck with entirely modern furniture and all the artwork was homemade. The sitting area artwork is done using colored charcoals and the changing table area artwork was all done using illustrator.
Name: Lily (2)
Location: Boston, MA
Color Inspiration: Our daughter Lily has such a vibrant and imaginative personality. We wanted to create a room that captured her energy and joie de vivre. The resulting room is one that overflows with character and very much represents Lily-- bright and bold with oodles of whimsy.
Name: Molly (8)
Location: New York, NY
Color Inspiration: We just moved into a lovely, but MUCH SMALLER apartment. Molly's old room, which she'd had since she was 2, was more than twice the size of the new one. So, to make it seem worth her while, we let Molly choose her own colors. One wall was to be painted orange, yes, tangerine orange (okay, the "one wall" part was influenced by her loving parents!), and the others a very pale pink. The whole room is outfitted in hot pink and orange, with a breath of black and white to tame it all down. While Molly was the boss, she had lots of "help" from her parents; and from a brilliant architect/designer, Roberto Gil and resourceful decorator.
We hope you've been enjoying all the gorgeous and colorful room submissions for the Small Kids, Big Color contest. We wanted to take a brief pause to thank the wonderful companies who've made the contest prize packages possible. Companies we love and products we love!
As a reminder, entrants are vying for one of these three fabulous prize packages (in addition to bragging rights of course!):
Name: Phoebe (15 months)
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Color Inspiration: Heather Ross is my favorite fabric designer of all time, and her line "Mendecino" in the blush colorway was the inspiration for this room. I incorporated all of the prints into the quilt that is hanging over the crib.
Name: Kord (6 months)
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Color Inspiration: The Sasquatch poster (first item I purchased for the nursery). I decided to go bright, bright, bright - something stimulating & fun. From there, I had to find creative ways to add color to the room (we're renters, so the walls had to stay as-is and the room will soon be shared with a sibling, so the decor had to be easily changeable). I love the Expedit from Ikea as it gave me the opportunity to add a lot of color in a limited space.