Our little boy's nursery has bright cheery colors and fun colorful designs. We kept the walls of our gust room blue and added white furniture with colorful accents to make a fun playroom for Luke filled with lots of books and stuffed animals galore.
The inspiration for this nursery project was vintage classic toys. The primary colors and simple design inspired us to create a fun place for sleep and play.
My decorating style is modern with a twist of playful tradition. I used modern and simple stripes for curtains, a modern gray shag rug, and traditional animal and toy accents. Some of the items in the room are actually from Luke's dad's childhood.
Much of the furniture was from Ikea which offered budget friendly solutions for our bookshelf, armoire, changing station table, and striped fabric for the curtains. I made the curtains with no-sew fabric strips. The colorful mobile was a DIY project made of scrapbook paper. I created and designs all the wall art in the frames and the Wall decal was from an Etsy shop. My talented sister made the puff for the non-traditional foot stool. All the links are in my blog post: http://sarahfinadesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/bright-and-cheerful-nursery.html
My favorite item in the room is the rainbow DIY mobile. I wanted to find a mobile that was colorful and had movement but wasn't into all the mobiles from the chain stores. I also didn't want to spend a lot so this was a good solution and Luke loves looking at it when he is in his crib.
This look is based on bright colors so my advice would be to not tie yourself to staying within a specific color scheme but to let it happen organically. We started with the wall color and the gray rug. With that original look it was feeing very cool and blue but when we added the green in the curtains and the colorful wall art, the room just came together. Now whatever type of toy Luke gets, it will fit in with the look of the room because it is so colorful.