Start With Art For Some Serious Design Inspiration

Start With Art For Some Serious Design Inspiration

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 17, 2010

When trying to decide where to start when it comes to nursery design, things can get a little, well childish. It's easy to get sucked into primary or pastel colors when all you really want is a space that blends with the rest of your home and is comfortable, fun and cheerful. So instead try taking your inspiration from art like designer Patrick J Hamilton did!

Patrick, a New York-based interiors designer (and Apartment Therapy House Tour Contributor), is using his newly launched blog, Ask Patrick, to share his expertise and answer reader questions about their own homes. One reader, Margie, recently asked for advice for creating a gender-neutral nursery for her first child.

She knew more of what she didn't want as opposed to what she did (sound familiar?). It's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to settle on a theme or a color palette, so Patrick's advice is to turn to something you know you love. Art. Everything in the collage above was chosen by Patrick based around the artwork in the upper left hand corner by Matte Stephens.

Each piece flows with the style of the artwork and coordinates colors and textures while staying away from anything too matchy-matchy which can leave your room feeling like a catalog instead of a living space. All the pieces in the space can grow with the child or be adopted into the parents' home as the child outgrows them (everyone has a punk rock poster phase sometime right?).

Patrick has been fortunate enough to have Serena & Lily and DwellStudio donate some of the items to Margie, the first time mom-to-be, as her husband is overseas with the military and she's needing all the help she can get. We hope to see the finished space someday, so stay tuned to Ask Patrick!

Read more about Patrick's advice for Margie's nursery here!

Thanks Patrick!

(Image: Patrick J Hamilton)

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