I wanted a room that inspired creativity and was also comfortable and happy. As we live in a two bedroom in Brooklyn, I wanted a room that could also serve as a guest room when we had guests and could accomodate another child if we are lucky enough to have another. So it had to be gender neutral. I wanted it to be a space a child could grow into, so not too "baby".
I had read in a interior design book about office design that studies showed the color orange was a great color to have in the workplace because it inspired people to be more creative and was a color that made people feel happy. I knew when I read that I wanted to use orange as a main color. I designed the room around the Jonathan Adler lion rug, which was my big splurge. I used the Benjamin Color Capture app to find the right orange to match the rug and used that to paint the mirror, side table, and for our door frames and stripes on the ceiling. My husband loves maps so I wanted a big map on the wall. We have some orange bling stickers that Tucker can use to show where in the world he's been on that map when he's older.
Modern, colorful, and happy.
I got our crib, glider, changing table, and bookshelf from Laylagrace.com and are made by Babyletto. We love the Mercer Convertible Crib because it has a drawer on the bottom and will become a toddler bed when Tucker gets bigger. The Nara Glider is sleek and comfortable, and I highly reccomend getting a glider. We spend many hours reading stories and doing feedings in it. It is the Hudson Changer Dresser and the bookshelf is the modo storage unit which we can add to if we need to later. Our orange comforter from and monogram sheets are from the Company Store. I love the kid handwriting on the sheets. The trundle bed is from Pottery Barn kids. The map is from National Geographic. I got the wall quote, map, and wall hanger for art that says "I'm so talented" on Zulily, the ottoman is full of stuffed animals and from Boon. The lion rug is Jonathan Adler. I got the owl pillow on the bed from Gilt.com. I got the wooden train with his name from the Strand.
I love the stripes on the ceiling, they make it a kid's room. I also love our family picture wall of canvases and the colorful map.
Pick one thing you love and build a room around it. Use Benjamin Color Capture to get the matching color from your favorite rug, pillow, or blanket. You can take old furniture and repaint it to make it new again, and original. Personalize the space with personal touches like monogramed sheets or family pictures put on canvases.