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Design Reveal: Cool and Calm Nursery

Ever since I revealed my youngest son’s room, I’ve received a lot of questions regarding his cool and calm nursery, so I thought I’d share a few more details about the design of this space.

I am a big fan of gray and wanted to use it in Bennett’s nursery. The other nurseries that I have designed have been pretty bold—check out Brandt’s contemporary nursery and Blake’s owl-themed nursery—so I wanted to tone it down a bit. I decided to pair the gray with creamy yellow and cool, calming spa blue. These three colors played off of each other so well that I limited the space to that palette and balanced it all out with crisp white furniture and accents.

Cool and Calm Nursery

I chose my colors from the Behr paint collection at Home Depot. I always use interior latex paint in a Flat Enamel sheen. I tend to like a more flat finish, but this sheen is washable and doesn’t bounce or reflect the light, which can sometimes can distract from the color.

Gray, Blue and Yellow Nursery Color Palette

I created the focal wall by framing the crib using trim moulding from floor to ceiling on the wall. By just painting stripes in that framed space, I was able to add pattern and interest without a ton of work.

Gray Nursery with Yellow, Blue and White Accents

To add more storage, I attached a peg rail to the side of the dresser.

Dresser Storage

White Crib with Yellow and Blue Bedding

To accommodate the tall header height of the windows, I created DIY window panels for a budget-friendly alternative to custom ordering curtains in the right size.

Cool and Calm Nursery

And that lamp near the window? I found it on clearance and spray painted it white to mimic the look of a lamp that I loved but was out of my budget.

The Emma Lamp by Lambs & Ivy

Here’s a peek into the closet where I completed a storage unit makeover for a custom look to match the room.

Nursery Closet Organization

Sources: Crib: Lauren Classic by Graco, Dresser: Repurposed Piece Painted in Behr Polar Behr, Mirror: Target, Lamp on Dresser: Home Goods, Lamp near Window: The Emma Lamp by Lambs & Ivy, Table near Window: Repurposed Piece Painted in Behr Spa, Shag Rug: Target, Bedding: DIY, Window Panels: DIY & Sources, Art Print: Petite Party Studio, Closet Storage Unit: DIY & Sources

Additional questions about Bennett’s cool and calm nursery? Leave a comment below!

  • Jenn

    Hi – is the blue wall color spa by behr or tide pools by behr? Here is says spa by in another post it said tide pool. I was just trying to calify as I love how the colors in the nuresry work together and want to make sure I get the correct ones.

    http://projectnursery.com/2011/10/diy-window-panels/

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