Figuring out our nursery’s design direction was actually really tricky in the beginning. It started out as a pinterest board that Brandon and I both pinned our favorite ideas to until we felt we’d both collected enough material to piece both of our tastes into one inspiration board. To narrow it down, we each selected two to three of our absolute favorite images from the joint pinterest board. This helped us identify which styles and color patterns outranked others for each of us personally. Luckily we both unknowingly picked several of the same ideas which helped us refine the style even more, leaving us with a very specific design direction: clean and modern with occasional pops of bright color. Another idea we both agreed on was representing animals in the wall art.
I’ve always been fascinated by the psychology of color and since soft tones of blue are known to soothe and refresh, it’s a color of choice throughout our house. Not to mention, I’m not one for over-the-top frilly pink girl themes so we’re excited to create a subtle, pretty oasis for our baby girl using a combination of soft blues and peachy pinks. Loving these two examples for color inspiration:
Of course it’s hard not to take at least a teeny tiny bit of inspiration from designers like Oh Joy and A Beautiful Mess – their color combinations are so energizing! In moderation, I’m turning to these similarly fun spaces for inspiration on our pops of color:
We’ll be spending a lot of time in the rocker corner, or “nook” as I’m calling it, so I’m paying extra close attention to the way we put that area together. I love the way these two examples are aesthetically clean and inviting but still practical and offer places to set a book or beverage while nursing:
The only thing we haven’t decided on is how we’ll organize the book zone. We can’t decide what will look best but still be practical for the little one, so we’re holding off on that decision until everything else is in place. We’ll either add floating shelves to the wall or a bookshelf on the floor depending on what fits with the given space. I love the look of floating shelves (and the idea of keeping floor space as open as possible) but I can just imagine all of the books tumbling forward the second anyone, especially our little one, reaches for one that’s in the back. This second option reminds me of paging through records at a record store – a fun alternative to a traditional bookshelf and would be easy for a toddler to page through.
Okay, so now onto the inspiration board we made! We picked the rug out first and selected our color palette from that. In the very beginning, we both loved the idea of having predominant pops of orange but decided it was something we could see ourselves getting sick of. This rug ended up being perfect since the orange is balanced out by greys and peachy pinks (they read even more peachy and less pink in person).
We started putting the nursery together a couple weeks ago and although the room is fairly empty since most of our furniture has yet to arrive, the big stuff is now crossed off the to-do list:
design inspiration board
install custom closet
update electrical outlets
install new ceiling light fixture
install window blinds
assemble and arrange furniture
hang wall art
figure out bookshelf solution
I’m excited to see how it all comes together in the end – stay tuned for our completed nursery tour in the next couple weeks!
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