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Nursery Design Trends
Katie Reynolds, Ace’s Design Expert


By Katie Reynolds, Ace’s Design Expert

Nursery design has become such an integral part of the home. It is often an extension of the owner’s personal style. No longer are the traditional colors – pink for girls and baby blue for boys – being solely used. Instead, nurseries are a space where you can have fun and get extra creative! Paint plays an important role in the design, setting the tone with limitless combinations of different hues, sheens, and pattern effects to mix and match. Don’t worry, there are still a few tried and true tips for selecting just the right color palette for your little one’s space:

Tip A:

Like any successfully designed room, have a clear vision and keep your palette focused. Use patterns (florals, chevrons, stripes, dots, botanical elements, etc.) in fabrics, decals, or painted accent walls to add interest, but remember to limit the colors to the same 2-3 hues for a cohesive look. Pulling colors from the crib bedding for palette inspiration is a perfect place to start because the crib is the focal point of the room.

Tip B:

Try creating a mood rather than following a strict “theme”. Long gone are the days of cartoon characters and cuddly animals adorning every surface and fabric. Instead, focus on setting the mood with color, pattern, and texture. For happy and playful, think bold shades of bright pink and kelly green with large scale chevrons and crisp white accents. For serene and calm, think pale blues, tans, and white. Grey with light blue and teal can bring in a modern, airy look. When in doubt, I’ll admit I love grey in any nursery. Clark+Kensington® Coastal Pleasure 5048 is my go-to wall color and pairs nicely with just about everything from bright colors to soft, subtle tones to basic whites. Simply stated, paint the room grey and set the mood with accent colors!

Tip C:

Once you have selected a basic color palette, choose one main color for the room background and accent with the other paint colors. This can be reflected in an accent wall, painted stripes, or by adding a pop of color to a vintage piece of furniture. For instance, create a dreamy, elegant baby girl’s room using Clark+Kensington Fairy Wings 5028 (an airy white with a pinkish undertone. Accent the room with romantic floral fabrics and sparkling crystal accents – a gorgeous chandelier and crystal dresser knobs would be perfect. You could even paint a vintage dresser or rocking chair a beautiful shade of pinky coral with Clark+Kensington Gooseberry 4064 in a glossy finish.

For a baby boy’s nautical nursery, rather than stenciled boats and anchors, try recreating the crisp and classic Americana feel that nautical décor invokes. Navy, white, and grey are great for this. To create a coastal retreat feel, go for a classic pairing with Clark+Kensington Oyster Pearl 5046 and Clark+Kensington Blue Bayou 1014. As a final touch, add in subtle rope details in the fabrics and art. Nantucket nautical meets modern and fresh.

Painting a nursery can be a fun, exciting time for new parents but it can also be overwhelming as there are many decisions to make during this time of preparation. Use your personal taste and style in your home as a guide and try new things. Happy decorating!

Clark+Kensington® paint+primer in one is available exclusively at Ace Hardware. Our easy-to-live-with, designer colors harmonize perfectly and let you mix and match with confidence.

Posted: Aug. 19, 2012 in Simply Stated™, a blog from Real Simple®

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