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From the Design Files of Heather B – Bedroom for Baby-to-Be

Design Question

Hi Heather,

I need your help. My husband and I were enchanted my different pieces of furniture that have different colors, such as a white crib (the best we could afford, but they only have it in white), a cute dresser in lilac, yellow and a bit of pinkish on the top (which will be almost all covered by the changing table), and a rocking chair in pine color with a blue cushion that a friend gave us to help us save money. The walls of our little princess-to-be’s bedroom are light yellow, and the floor is light hardwood. We don’t have too much money to spend on buying more/new baby nursery furniture, but we could paint the walls and change the chair’s cushion, but I have no clue about what to do. Please, help us.

(Desperate) Mom-to-be Cris H.

Design Answer

Hi Cris,

Congratulations on the new edition to your family! This is an exciting time for you and your husband and one of the best ways to welcome your little princess is to design a nursery for her.

It sounds like you are off to a great start by selecting baby nursery furniture pieces that are pleasing to you. So, don’t stress out; you’re on the right track. There are some simple things you can do to bring all of the current elements in the room together – and they don’t have to cost a lot.

a) Pick a theme. Choosing a theme for your baby’s bedroom is a quick and inexpensive way of connecting the different elements in the room. The theme could be anything that interests or inspires you such as rainbows, butterflies, a particular nursery rhyme, the alphabet or characters from children’s literature like Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland or The Wind and the Willows.

b) You said you’d be willing to paint the walls – I would. While the color looks all right on its own, it’s too close in tone to both the dresser and the floor. I suggest a yellow that is a couple of shades lighter than what is now in the nursery; one that is more lemon or sun than sand or gold. It might be different in “real life” but based on the picture that you included, the current wall color seems to make the room seem smaller.

c) Buy crib bedding that matches the theme you picked and will complement the wall color in the room.

d) If the cushion color doesn’t go with the nursery bedding, I would replace if with a cover that does.

e) I would purchase an area rug for either the rocker area or by the crib. Don’t forget that this is “your” room too since you will also be spending as much time here as your baby will. Making the baby’s bedroom comfortable for you as well is important too.

f) If you have the budget for it, I also suggest you change the window treatment to match or complement the new wall color and the bedding.

Thanks for writing in. I hope this was helpful. Let me know how it turns out.

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4 Responses to “From the Design Files of Heather B – Bedroom for Baby-to-Be”

  1. amanda says:

    Heather what adorable baby furniture you’ve selected, my husband and I just love it. We are choosing between some of these pieces and a few other, looking at them on http://www.minitots.com.

  2. Heather B says:

    Good luck with decorating your nursery, Amanda!

  3. Heather E. says:

    I am redoing a nursery and right now the room is dark and I want the walls to look sunkissed. Right now I am siting on the fence between Devine Butter on the walls and You are my Sunshine by BM. I also like, light yellow and yellow lilies that you have suggested in a previous post. Here is the thing, because of the limited natural light in the room, a color as soft as butter by Devine takes on a much darker tone when I put a paint sample on the wall. I am concerned if I go to light I will of ‘chickened’ out from something really fabulous. If I go to dark I am worried about a mustard cave!

    I am using decor items from Pottery Barn Kids Curious George collection:

    http://www.potterybarnkids.com/room/rom/romboy/romboycrs/

    My painter comes on friday. Sun kissed walls in the yellow family is goal.

    Heather

  4. Heather B says:

    Hi Heather, To me You are my Sunshine (Benjamin Moore) looks more sandy than sunny. While I do like Yellow Lilies, it does have more gold than yellow tones, so this one might make the room dark as well. Benjamin Moore does have a color called Butter that is slightly more intense than the Devine Butter; check it out to see if it might work in your nursery. Fun in the Sun by Benjamin Moore is brighter; it looks similar to the Devine Cream. Choose shades of yellow that are bright (yellow over gold for example) and you should be able to get the sunkissed look you are after. You’re on the right track – you should test the paint color first before you commit yourself to an entire room. Did you sample the You are my Sunshine? How did that look on the wall? Let me know which one you went with. Heather B.

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