Location: Durham, NH
Child: Julianna, 11 months
Inspiration: The first items I picked up for this playroom are the IKEA curtains and they've served as inspiration ever since. They're full of so many colors, it makes it easy to find decorations and tchotchkes that will fit right in. I wanted a relaxed and easy approach to decorating and didn't want to feel pigeonholed by a strict color scheme. Since I ended up putting the nursery together in a bit of a rush, having so much leeway in terms of color saved me a lot of time. Another plus - since so many children's toys are full of vibrant color, they don't look at all out of place in this room. This room blends nicely with the rest of the house since I've embraced bold colors throughout our home.
Tip for Using Color: If you're commitment-phobic about color like I tend to be and you haven't quite nailed down your style yet, throw caution to the wind and take my approach with lots of color. To tone things down, I've stuck primarily with white furniture and I use green and blue as two dominant colors to anchor things a bit. Oh yeah - and try and decorate for your child, not yourself!
Colors Used: The walls are Benjamin Moore Apple Green. The rocker is from Wal-Mart. Curtains, Malm dressers and floor lamp from IKEA. Vintage ottoman - was my grandmother's. Art behind Eames chair - Charley Harper. Art in colored frames - my own.
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