At the moment i am working on a white on white room. I have always loved this look, and it takes me back to my short obsession with Shabby Chic, actually maybe not so short as i still love the vintage, distressed look. nursery is so beautiful and tranquil, and just like your newborn so pure. As you can see from the images, a white room doesn't have to be all white to look charming. I recommend adding natural wooden furniture and combine with creams, and muted colors to create a soft and cosy feel. Although i advise white for nurseries and teenagers, anywhere in the middle may be difficult to accomplish - usually due to the excessive amount of bright colored toys accumulated over the years.....mmmmm, now why wasn't Dora an albino, i guess you could always just stick with wedding barbies and a miffy dolls.
Once upon a time I wondered why people chose pink when there were so many other colors to chose from? Now i find everything in my own bedroom is pink and i am a converted pretty in pink club member. From fairy floss to marshmallows, pink instantly makes me feel giggly and girly. Whilst i prefer pale pink to hot pink, i think hot pink is a great energising color for teenagers whilst soft pink is calming and soothing for babies and littlies. Either way, i hope that you jump on the pink band wagon with me, and for those that never got off, move over.. I am back!!
(Images: ohdeedoh.com & petitvanou.tumblr.com)
Purple & lilac are my predictions for the next "in" color for kids rooms and nurseries. Lilac is a romantic, sweet, and delicate color, whereas purple is rich, lavish and mysterious. If you like pink but seeking something different, purple is wonderful alternative. Purple was popular in the 70's so there are lots of great retro fabrics available featuring purple which would make great cushions, and quilt covers. There are many shades of purple often forgotten about, lavender, plum, magenta, violet and wine to name a few.
I love Grey. I mean really love grey. It's a nuteral, balanced color that is perfect for nurseries, kids and teenage rooms. If you have a baby girl, grey, yellow and pink tones work wonderfully together, yet with a boy, grey works with white, mustards, olives green and red.
Grey is not harsh like black but still has a masculine quality, and mixed with pastels, it can be ultra feminine. Whilst some may think of grey as dull and dreary, i Iove that it's a classic color that won't date and that it can be dressed down or dressed up, and what i love most of all, it was my grandfather's name.
Okay, so maybe wine is the first word that comes to mind when we hear the word "Red", but i also think of fire engines, toffee apples, and roses and now i can add Children's Rooms to my list. Red is an intense, passionate color, that has been known to raise the heart rate and to increase stimulation. For those reasons, i tend to only use red an an accent color. I believe children's rooms should be colorful and playful yet not over stimulating.....AS WE ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SLEEP. Adding red funiture, cushions, posters, toys etc all add an exciting energy and enthusiasm to a child's bedroom. In China, red is associated with good luck, in Singapore it brings joy and in Jacinda's world, it inspires love. Maybe red can inspire all these things in your little one's room, or at the very least remind you that a red wine is not far away.
The next couple of weeks, i am going to be featuring COLORS. Colors play such an important part in decorating and as i mentioned in Checkmate blog, we are finally being more adventerous when it comes to color in children's rooms. I am not a huge fan of green, but second to blue, it's been voted the most popular color. I personally, love the Christmas green used in the first image. Using green has become more popular in nurseries as it is such a fantastic unisex color. We are surrounded by nature which features lots of green, so our eyes easily adjust and we feel very relaxed and familar with different shades of the color. Studies show that green relaxes us physically and mentally, it helps to alleviate nervousness and anxiety and is peaceful and tranquil - all the things we would like for our children's room. But of course, it is also a bright and happy color - I don't know what kermit was referring to, when he said it's not easy being green. Green looks pretty good to me.
10 years ago black & white children's room would never be seen in the same sentance. It was considered "out there" to use any colors other than pink & blue. Today we are looking for new stylish and contemporary decorating ideas that reflect our own tastes and that also complement the other rooms in our homes. These images prove that using grown up colors such as black and white and additional accent colors, can really give a modern, sleek feel to a child or teenagers room. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but if you looking for something different and wanting the "wow" factor, then black and white could be the colors for you. Checkmate!
I love using Color in children's rooms. I especially love the variatons of blue/green used on the drawers in this image. It's such a simple idea but trust me, getting the shades perfect is much harder than you think. I also love the material hanging which incorporates the same shades and the big blue B letter completes this wonderful look. I wonder what the B stands for? I am guessing it stands for Belle or maybe even Beth but Beatrice is also an option. I also love the bunny lamp which i will be using in baby Grace's room which i am working on at the moment. I will add pictures to my gallery as soon as it's finished so keep on checking!!