In the list of most superficial reasons the thought of producing offspring caused me stress, designing a nursery might be at the top.
Much like when we bought our house, I couldn’t wait to have the freedom to decorate any way I chose. However, the infinite options and desire to not want to spend all of our money on knick knacks left me with indecision paralysis.
When it came to the nursery, I knew from the beginning I wanted to create a room I wanted to spend time in. A newborn (or two year old for that matter) really doesn’t care what color their walls are or what theme the decorations follow. At the end of the day, the baby girl and I would be spending lots of time in that room nursing, cuddling and reading books, so I wanted it to be comfortable and welcoming. Read: bright primary colors need not apply.
The other guideline I followed is that while I was ok with making it somewhat traditionally feminine, I didn’t want it to scream girly girl with every corner covered in saccharine pink bows and ruffles.
I had decided on a general color scheme even before we learned the sex. Bill wasn’t sold until we found out we were having a girl. The navy, gold and touches of coral seemed a little sophisticated, but also something that made sense for a baby.
Given our exposed brick and dark hardwood floors throughout the house, I also wanted to keep the furniture light and not too heavy. Whites, grays and light natural wood tones would do the trick.
As you can see from the inspiration photos and mood boards, I wanted the room to be a little mid-century mod, a little contemporary and quite eclectic – basically a mini version of the rest of our home.
I can’t wait to show you how it turned out tomorrow!