Maxine's Vintage Sunshine

Small Kids, Big Color Entry #18

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Name: Maxine (2)
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Color Inspiration: This room was originally our guest room, and sometimes still is, so I wanted to make it bright and fun for my two year old, but not overwhelming to our guests. The floor was already blue, so I wanted something neutral but cheerful for the accent wall. I chose a pale, buttery yellow which adds warmth to the room, but doesn't compete with the floor.

Color Inspiration continued: Other than that, I can't say that I had a specific inspiration and the room was largely put together with items we already owned. The quilt at the foot of the bed was made by my mother-in-law when my husband was a baby (the doll pillow also came from his nursery), and I loved the way the bright greens and oranges looked with the blue floor. I already had the vintage fabric I used to make the curtains. The bedding is a combination of vintage and castoffs from our six year old's room. The artwork all came from thrift shops, with the exception of the princess and the pea one, which I made using Heather Ross fabrics.

Tip for Using Color: Use colors you love. I rarely plan things out, and instead tend to buy things I like, often without a clear purpose in mind. I find that things have a way of coming together over time, because chances are, stuff you like will go with other stuff you like. So I guess I would also have to say, trust your instincts.

Colors Used: The accent wall is Ellen Kennon's Classic Marc. The floor is Stone Blue and the headboards and bookshelves are Orangery, both by Farrow and Ball. The room also has hints of lime green, pink and yellow.

Thanks for your colorful entry Natasha and good luck!

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