When I set about designing Francie's room over a year-and-a-half ago I bounced around the idea of going with a theme. Farm Animals, Birds, and Trees were just a few ideas I considered but I quickly came to the conclusion that selecting a particular theme for her nursery would mean that the effort I put into the design before her birth would quickly be phased out as she advanced the various stages of childhood and as her own interests came into play.
Great design should last, so while her room is sure to evolve as she does, the proper decisions early on ensure the investments I made in her space before she was born will still have a home in her room as she grows.
I found this bedding from Pottery Barn Kids and had my starting point.
To ensure a cohesive design despite the lack of your typical nursery theme I had two major design elements consistently expressed in the space: bold colored accents and furniture and fun and educational art. The foundation for a room that can grow as baby grows.
Bold Colored Accessories and Furniture.
I have an aversion to painting walls sure, I'll paint just about everything else in my home including toys, lamps, and even my fireplace but after almost three years I have only painted one wall in our house (what's with that!?). I prefer to bring color through furniture and accessories. So when it came to Francie's room I wasn't about to change my m.o. Nope, instead I left the walls their neutral creamy beige color and made sure everything I brought into her space was a bold and vibrant color all pulling from the color scheme established by that bedding.
In all my pregnancy google-ing about babies I kept reading that infants primarily see the contrast between light and dark colors and vibrant primary colors are stimulating to young kids so my neutral wall with bold furniture and accessory approach held up to science (because everything you read on the internet is TRUE)!
As I outlined Tuesday, when deciding what to do with Francie's dresser/changing table I wanted to accentuate the piece's form so that its simple yet beautiful details would stand out. I accomplished this by painting it a deep rosy red.
curtains. The red floor-to-ceiling window treatments with ribbon detailing pulled from her bedding and the deep red provided a large shot of color to the space without a drop of paint.
Art was the other essential component to Francie's No-Theme Nursery. I looked for pieces that of course brought more bold colors to the space but more importantly they were educational and fun. I figured this approach to selecting art would ensure that its subject matter wouldn't be outgrown once she was out of diapers.
This hot pink world map decal from Wall Star Graphics offered just what I was looking for. Visually stimulating for my infant and educational for my kid. Who knew geography could be so fun!
Simple, fun, and educational.
The challenge in designing Francie's nursery (and all nurseries for that matter) was that I didn't know my client when I designed her space. But by keeping my focus on a color scheme and art that could grow as she grows it left room for her personality to fill in the gaps.