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Aqua, Gold and Black Nursery


A aqua, black and gold baby girl's nursery. This non-traditional nursery uses big patterns and bold colors throughout, including a gold/white chevron ikat stenciled wall (paint), and a crib and dresser painted in bright aqua using nontoxic paint. Elsewhere the nursery is splashed with black and white stripes, including the storage bins, rug, curtains and accessories.

We painted the wall gold using Modern Masters Metallic Paint as the base coat, and white as the overlay. While we used several different metallic colors, in retrospect, one 32 oz bottle of this would have achieved the same look.

Design Inspiration

I saw a similar color pattern in a little girl's room and adapted it. Searched Pinterest and other sites for inspiration. We started with the Caden Lane Aqua & Gold Dot bedding and went from there.

Decorating Style

Eclectic; love to mix prints and styles. Have trouble editing. I tend to go a little over the top.

Project Details

Bedding: Caden Lane Aqua & Gold Dot

Crib & Dresser Paint: Valspar Reserve Interior Semi-Gloss (Zero VOC) in Seafarer (5007-10A) available at Lowes

Crib: Fisher Price Georgetown (originally white, painted with Valspar paint)

Crib Blanket in B&W stripes/gold dots & teal minky from SprinkledWithKisses on Etsy

XL Wood Monogram from MongramCustomArt on Etsy

Striped Curtains:

Gold Pouf and Striped Bins: Land of Nod

Wall Stencil: Ikat Zig-Zag from Cutting Edge Stencils

Gold Wall Paint: Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection (various gold tones used)

Storage Unit: Ikea Valje

Gold Floor & Table Lamps:


Favorite Items

We are in love with the painted crib and dresser. The pieces are very unique and cheery. The stenciled wall is also a favorite. Wallpaper would have probably been easier, but I have trouble committing to wallpaper. Using a stencil allowed us to achieve the same look and gave us peace of mind that we could easily paint over it if we didn't achieve the look we were going for.


For painting a crib or a dresser and achieving an even coat, I highly recommend investing in a paint sprayer. It will make the job easier. We used the Wagner Control Spray Max bought on Also, we loved the Valspar Reserve Zero VOC paint. There was no odor or fumes. If you decide to tackle a large stenciled wall, you absolutely need two people and a lot of patience.