Lily Q's "Blue is Not Just for Boys" Nursery

Lily Q's "Blue is Not Just for Boys" Nursery

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Carrie McBride
Nov 16, 2010

Name: Lily Q (4 months)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Color Inspiration: My husband and I loved Sherwin-Williams' Aquatint and had it on the walls before Lily was born. We didn't want a typically pink and girly bedroom for 'lil Lily so we opted for the light turquoise tint. The other colors in the room were chosen to "pop" against the blue.

Color Inspiration continued: Initially we had a simple color palette of turquoise and yellow but we realized that a) every little girl needs a bit of pink here and there and b) some items like the bumper just didn't fit the palette so we got creative and mixed it up a little using pinks and greens too. The best part about the aquatint is that it looks good with just about any other color so it can grow with Lily's tastes and can be converted for a boy if a little brother comes along someday.

As for the pieces in the room, we ended up with a mix of modern, vintage, and traditional. The Jenny Lind crib was our favorite and we outfitted it with a vintage-inspired handmade bumper that looked very "Dick and Jane". We added an antique gym locker console because the metal and the powder-coated colors were a great way to make the room a little edgier but still right for a baby. We added wall decals to the closet to make it fun for Lily; there are little birds hidden behind hangers and under shelves. Most of the decorations came from friends and family, especially all the duck paraphernalia, which we get a lot of being that our last name starts with "quack"!

Tip for Using Color: Try the color on the walls first because the lighting in your room makes a huge impact on the depth and tint. Don't be afraid to try non-traditional colors but try to use something that will act as a neutral against fun pieces you can change out in the room like lamps and artwork. Spray paint was our friend while decorating Lily's room- for instance we used it to change our old, staid gold-leaf mirror into a fun, bright yellow piece more appropriate for a child's room.

Colors Used: Sherwin-Williams' Aquatint; Rust-o-leum Sunburst Yellow; greens; pinks; a bit of maroon

Thanks for your colorful entry Jessica and good luck!

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