Modern Superhero Nursery

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

Description

My husband and I are both creative people & when we found out we were expecting a boy we both knew we wanted to make his nursery something special.  Since my husband has always been into superheroes, we decided to go with that as a theme.  The challenge was to update the theme by making it clean, modern & unique.

Design Inspiration

The design inspiration came from Captain America, my husband's favorite superhero.  He loves Captain America because as a superhero he feels a duty to do something to benefit the greater good & dedicates every ounce of himself to helping others.  The color inspiration came from the mobile that my sister & I created.

Decorating Style

Our decorating style is modern & colorful.  We pick pieces we love & they always end up looking great together in the end because they look like "us".  

Project Details

The room started with a paint color before we even knew what we were having- a gender neutral teal.  Once we found out we were having a boy we started gathering pieces to create the room.  I knew I wanted white furniture but I also wanted to stick as close to a small budget as possible.  We purchased the Hemnes dresser, Poang rocking chair & Expedit bookshelf from Ikea.  The crib is the Modena crib in white from Walmart.  We love all of the furniture we picked out.  Everything is modern & sturdy.  The baskets that fit inside the Expedit bookshelf are from Land of Nod.  Another piece I love is the framed art above the crib.  It's an illustration by Tilly Biedron & can be found on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/matyldabiedron?ref=seller_info We wanted to keep the bedding simple & clean since we had so much color going on so I had a crib skirt custom made by Lavender Linens on Etsy.  Her shop can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LavenderLinens  My sister & I made the mobile ourselves out of paint chips.  I feel like it is a major centerpiece for the room because it brings all of our colors together.  There are tutorials all over Pinterest for these.  It takes a lot of patience but it is worth it in the end. 

Favorite Items

My favorite items are the pieces of art that my husband designed for our son that hang above his dresser.  He's a graphic designer & I knew I wanted him to create something special for our son's room.  The pieces are also for sale to the public here:  http://society6.com/justindrusso

Advice

My advice for anyone trying to achieve a modern superhero nursery would be to keep it light on the superhero.  We added pieces here & there but wanted to make sure the room felt inspired by superheroes, not a literal interpretation of them.  Resist the urge to get Spiderman sheets, a Batman lamp and an Iron Man lightswitch cover.  Instead opt for sheets with a star pattern on them (like Captain America's shield) or a red modern lamp & make your superhero pieces minimal.  Use the superheroes as inspiration & you're likely to get a room as fun as ours.  

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    I can’t begin to tell you how much your son is gonna love his room by the age of two. As a mom of two boys, the superheros are a must! And you’ve done them sooo very well. I love your designs and wish you much success. Thank you for sharing a great nursery!

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    Can you tell me the brand/color of the wall paint? This is exactly the green I am looking for! Beautiful room :)

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    Beautiful! My 3 yo would love a room like this right about now lol! My favorite thing is the classy/clean/modern way you did the superhero theme. The shared room for my sons have a Dr. Seuss theme. I wish I would have seen your project before lol! When we move I may steal some of your ideas for a superhero themed toddler room.

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    Thanks everyone! Let me take a look and see if I can find the paint swatch for the room. I picked a similar color for the mobile but it’s not exact.

    I based the mobile off of this tutorial. The only thing I did different was that I put two circles of the same color back to back so that you didn’t see the printing on the back of the swatch. I also used silver rings to connect each circle instead of string. It takes a little more time but I think it ultimately looks better.

    http://www.heygorg.com/2011/09/diy-paint-swatch-chandelier.html

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    Whoa color overload! But I meant that in a good way! The combination of colors you have here is simply amazing! You should teach us how to make those lovely mobiles!

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    This is AWESOME. I voted for you! For the mobile – in her tutorial she uses a lampshade, but in yours, it almost looks like it’s just a single metal ring? What did you use? Thanks!

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    Also, how did you hang the mobile? And where did you get the rainbow octopus in the crib? Thank you!!

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    Thank you! I wasn’t going to do a mobile in my son’s nursery, but you guys have inspired me to make my own! It’s perfect to tie in all the colors. I don’t see any rainbow octopus on that Etsy shop, but will keep my eye out. Thanks again!

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    Rachel,

    No luck on the paint swatch yet! I would go with a teal that is not too blue & not too green. Right in the middle! That’s what we did. The swatch in our mobile is pretty darn close, do you want to know what that one is at least? I tried to match it the best I could since I couldn’t find the swatch from the wall. We painted the wall colors a year ago in anticipation of trying for a baby & knowing that it was going to be a baby room eventually.

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    I love the color. It reminds me of Ben Moore Robins Nest. I have the hardest time picking out colors!

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    I wanted to make a colorful nursery, but my ideas ended up looking circus-y. What a clean and fun way to do a colorful room.

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    That aqua blue wall is what does it for me:) Sets a lovely background onto which all the clean cut no nonsense boyish whites and lines are placed. Love the style and that circular strand mobile is so sweet. Fabulous.

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    Hi there, LOVE THIS! Very inspiring and thanks so much for sharing. Just a question on the mobile – what size circle punch did you use and what was the ring diameter of the circle it is attached to..? Many thanks! Hayley

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    OMG! I absolutely love this room!!!! where did you get the quilt from? I really like that primary colors were used bc it makes the room so alive! GREAT JOB!!!

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    LOVE this room! Is the crib skirt grey and white chevron? Also where did you have the blanket made?

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    very col! although I would like to know where you found the crib quilt, or if you made it? if you did make it where did you get the material?

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    Hi, did you find the name of the paint color? i really love it and want to paint this summer!

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