Tully's nursery is a subtle mix of stripes, plaid, dots, gingham, and paisley prints with celery green, aqua, slate blue, black, cream, and pewter.
The heirloom-quality crib is the focus and inspiration for the room: solid and classic. I knew I wanted this piece whether I had a boy or girl. Gender neutral colors of black and cream were also part of my vision, which would allow the room to "grow" with my baby or be used for a future child. When I found out I was having a boy, I added celery green, aqua, and slate blue, along with some personalized finishing touches.
Don't be afraid of making a boy nursery look too girly! Although I'm sure most boys don't have chandeliers hanging from their ceilings or in their armoires, I think it's OK. I figured by the time he has an opinion, we'll be moving on to a big boy bed and redecorating anyway, and I'm the one who has to look at it every day until then.
If you see something you like in the store, even if you don't think it matches, buy it. You can paint or re-purpose it so it will fit with the other items in the room.
If painting the gutter bookshelves, sand first and use primer, otherwise the paint comes off too easily!