Color Inspiration: We bought our apartment from a woman who has a cosmetic line for women with darker complexions/African American skin. I felt like she used the most beautiful, rich jewel-tones (similar to her eye shadows) in many of the rooms in our apartment. Due to our limited $$ after buying our place and due to liking most of the colors, we chose to keep the existing periwinkle blue that was already in the kids' room. There had been a little girl living in there before us, and I felt like I had to somehow tie the color in to all of our already existing 'stuff' without losing its 'gender neutral-ness' that we liked so much.
Color Inspiration continued: After perusing Ohdeedoh and Apartment Therapy I realized I loved the idea of adding red -- it somehow makes this periwinkle blue a bit more 'retro' and vibrant. We were pleased to already move in on one entirely painted 'blackboard' wall, I made the curtains from Ikea fabric, we found the bookshelves at an estate sale and painted them red to match the Ikea Hemnes dresser (also red) and play kitchen. We used photos of animals that we love and a lovely embroidered animal picture that my husband use to have in his room growing up. Zoe's bed has a quilt on it that also use to be my husband's when he was a boy (and red as well!), and I handmade the paper birds over Ezra's bed back when he was a tiny baby. We thumbtacked them to the ceiling to make him comfortable when we first moved in, and there they stayed. We are obliged to have carpet throughout this room due to noise issues, so we had to use carpets that matched in order to cover this 11x12 foot space. Being a child's room - it's almost cozier to have several rugs instead of just one. I got the # stencils on the wall from an estate sale - I think they originally came from Land of Nod. We added our vintage 'wall box' to the wall to hold my son's favorite cars. Ikea Lack tables put together make a good surface to play on and an even better area to tuck large storage boxes (of trains and dolls) underneath. We hope you like it!
Tip for Using Color: Really survey how much light you get in a room before choosing. It's very simple but often people will use a very dark color in a room with little to no light... and then one feels trapped in darkness or is disappointed that the color looks so different (as it always does) in lamp/bulb light. Also if choosing color for a child's room - keep in mind that toys and holiday gifts rack up fast and that it's not possible to always 'keep the theme' when your child really starts to live there. Stick with a basic color and build by adding compatible storage bins/tables/dressers that hold the theme/colors. You can always paint something/some pc of furniture to match your room.
Colors Used: periwinkle blue and red (small accents of plum, gray and green are sneaking in there too but the Ikea comforter seems to make that possible for now!)
Thanks for your colorful entry Paula and good luck!