I absolutely love your blog, and now I need a little help!! I'm trying to design my baby girl's nursery and have a pretty specific idea of what I want. I'm not sure of exactly how to pull my design elements together and KNOW that it will turn out great! I'm going for a 'shabby chic'/elegant/princess design, all black, white, and hot pink, with a damask print tied in. Here are my problems: 1. I have a stencil (as pictured), I'm trying to decide if I should do it in pink or black, and where on the wall. **My original idea was to stencil in the pink on one entire wall (behind the crib), and solid black (chalkboard paint) up to chair rail height on the other 3 walls (with white as a base on all the walls). I'm afraid the entire wall of stencil will be too much in such a small room though, and don't know if the solid black would be too dark. 2. I got the idea tonight to maybe do black up to about 3', then cut my stencil to fit in a 10" border directly above the black, paint the stencil in pink, then frame in the stencil with a small solid black line above it. Would this be too much, or not enough??**With the rules on chair rails though, I wasn't sure if my measurements would be accurate-- we have 8' ceilings, and I didn't know if the border going up to nearly half way would be too much, or it would just be the black that would count??** I'm just not too sure exactly how to get my colors and stencil incorporated into the room without it being too busy or looking too small! I've included a picture of some of the decor I've purchased for the room, just to give you a little better idea, and we also have a small, white chandelier fan that will be hanging for lighting. My final question is, would you do the bedding and curtains in a solid or print? If solid, which colors? I'm planning to make both of them, but haven't settled on which fabric to use, since I'm having a hard time deciding on the walls. I truly do appreciate any insight or ideas you can give me!!! I've been toggling with ideas for months now and still haven't decided for sure!! Thanks so much,
Rachael, Rachael, Rachel,
Congratulations on your baby! However- your baby would never sleep in a room with that bright pink on the wall in a busy pattern! Babies need to sleep during the day- when it is light. It is too intense for a nursery. Sometimes a little goes further than a lot. Let me repeat myself. Sometimes a little goes further than a lot.
A couple of weeks ago I taught a design class and I used the following red, black and white kitchen as an example:
Compare that to the kitchen below: Still red black and white... But personally, I really appreciate the small pops of red, rather than the red walls. Think small pops of bright color.
The stencil is a nice idea- but perhaps do it in a tone on tone white throughout the room. When you are using colors as intense as pink and black- be careful not to purchase every pink and black item you see from now until the baby is born. Restraint is the key.
Perhaps a silver and white damask would be a good direction to go:
Tone it down.
Show some restraint. (especially with the black)
A little can go further than a lot.
I know you might be pregnant- and perhaps a little emotional- please don't cry. I really am just trying to help. :) BTW- I love the name Raegan! soooo cute!