Audrey's "Big Girl" Room

Audrey's "Big Girl" Room

Carrie McBride
Nov 18, 2010

Name: Audrey (4)
Location: Utah
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!

Color Inspiration continued: I love the palette of gold, red and white with aqua accents. It was the perfect mix of contemporary and traditional and lent something of an Asian feel--perfect for the red armoire. So I bought yards and yards (enough for crib bedding, glider and "big girl" bedding) and it drove the design of the room.

We decided on aqua for the walls, which balanced the other hot colors, then painted a side table red, found this great gold and white rug and when Audrey was ready for a "big girl" room, found an interesting headboard and painted it red as well.

Despite all this color we addeed one more: black. The silhouette images we framed were hanging in my home when I was a child and seemed the perfect way to add graphic interest as well as incorporate some things with sentimental value.

Tip for Using Color: I think just about any hues can work together as long as the palette is balanced. In Audrey's room the white and aqua are a great balance to the red and gold resulting in a room that isn't too overstimulating. I also think it's great to go unconventional with color in all sorts of spaces, especially kids rooms. It creates some whimsy that makes the space fun.

Colors Used: Red, Gold, White and Aqua with Black accents

Thanks for your colorful entry Anneliese and good luck!

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