I was contacted to finish decorating a nursery that had already been furnished and painted blue, but was still felt incomplete. It had artwork spread throughout the room, shelves filled with toys and books (all organized!), but my clients felt that it was still incomplete. And they were right. So my mission, add a few something somethings (economically) to make it feel warm, cozy, and so the blue walls don’t smack them in the face when they walk into the room. I’ve published some of these pics already, but decided to add several more (never seen before) pics and show more of the design process. Here’s the before photo:
FIRST STEP: Fix what was currently “off”.
* the artwork looked too scattered, and un-cohesive
*furniture too close to the wall
SECOND STEP: Add items to balance the room + “tame” the blue walls
* added tree decal with monkeys (client – baby Jacob loves Curious George, so I added adorable monkeys) to give visual height to dark furniture and distract from the
* add clouds (same reason above, balance the top with the bottom)
* add soft FUN pillows (to the plain loveseat)
* add artwork that POP with color (tame the blue walls!)
* add 3D butterflies (visual POP of color!)
Below’s a highlight (more photos yaaay!) of all the items we added. One of my design tricks in saving money is buying a huge tree decal with monkeys and spreading the design throughout the room (NOT JUST IN ONE WALL). Tsst, other walls wanna party too! I had the tree branches extend to the ceiling, and adjacent walls, even placed some leaves on the radiator, light switch. I also “trimmed” a branch from the tree decal and added it to the bookshelves – for a dab of ADORABLENESS!
The palm tree artpieces were scattered, so we aligned them for a sleek look. In a room that already has lots of toys scattered, it is MEGA IMPORTANT to have artwork feel more calm and not add more visual clutterness … hence the straight line mounting of the artwork .. plus .. the artwork mounted side to side ‘tell a story’. Do we want story telling in a nursery room. Heck yeaaaahh!
The blue chair that my client has in the room seemed to disappear against the blue walls, so we added an oooh sooo cute pillow of a little boy holding a truck. Did you see how the yellow/blonde hair of the boy matched the yellow color of the LOVE art … yep, all ‘designed that way’ my friends!
To see the monkey-ing around decal installation mosey on over to -> here. And I recently posted some more pics of the butterfly installation here (with resources on where I go to order these 3D butterflies). I have to go flutter away now (tippy toe tippy toe, flap flap to create another design).