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!


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    Where did you buy the curtains from as we are doing similar colours in are nursery and those curtains will go lovely with it.
    Many thanks

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    did you take the trim behind the crib all the way to the floor? Or did you stop it at the top of th crib?

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    Where did you buy the wooden tray that holds the change mat? I’ve been searching for one in that colour.

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    I agree with Jen, the color is TIDE POOLS, not SPA by Behr. I recently got samples of the listed colors (dolphin fin, banana cream, and spa) and when I put them on my walls, Spa is much much brighter than Tide Pools. From the pictures, I think Spa was used for the striped wall art by the crib, and Tide Pools was used on the full wall.

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    How did you paint the stripe colors yellow n aqua back to back or did you have to wait for one of the colors to completely dry so that the painters tape doesn’t rip off the paint. I’m trying to do multiple color stripes. I am trying to figure out how to apply my last stripe but it’s the middle stripe to my already painted stripes that were dried overnight a this point.

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    Hi, just wondering if you mixed in some white with the dolphin fin color? My husband and I bought the same color and it looks really dark compared to the picture you have posted. Any suggestions?

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    Thank you so much for the beautiful colour combination! I used the grey on 3 walls and on the 4th wall I did different size triangles using all three colours. It turned out really well. I’d love to share a photo if I could upload or send to you?

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    I love the rug! You tagged Target on there, but do you remember what brand it is? Or do you have the link to the item?

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