This room was designed for a little boy to update his nursery to his "big boy" room. The bead board wainscotting, convertible toddler bed and dresser were existing. My client wanted a "celestial" theme that was not too "themey". This drove the design in that most (although not all) of the elements of the design were suggestive of the celestial theme, rather than literal. This is how I prefer to approach children's room design because it allows the room the grow with the child. Who wants to completely redecorate every couple of years?!
The inspiration for the design was, of course, my client's request. And from the beginning, I knew I wanted navy walls. All the other elements of the room would 'pop' against this dramatic colour. The art in the room room was sourced by myself and the client early on and this really drove the direction of the room. We took advantage of the bead board to add a soft gray to the space and we repeated this throughout.
Contemporary with a dash of traditional!
Illuminated Remote Control Moon (on Gallery Wall)
Art - Etsy, Pinterest, Indigo Books
Wall Colour - Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore
Bead Board Colour - Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore
All Photos by Stephani Buchman Photography
Aside from the navy and grey walls, I have two favourites in this room. First the gorgeous, handmade pendant light. It doesn't offer a lot of ambient light, but it is absolutely beautiful and the "celestial" effect on the walls of the room is stunning! Next, I love the Gallery Wall, which includes a Moon Light that is controlled by remote control and lights up with the different phases of the moon. So cute! And my little client LOVES it!
Definitely TRY OUT your paint colours using a big swatch or a painted board. The light in the room really does affect the paint colour. And don't be afraid to use a dark colour. Paired with lighter colours, like soft grey and white, it just makes the room so cozy. Also, using reflective surfaces, like metals and mirrors helps reflect the light around the room. And use lots of different materials and textures - like the rug, the fabrics and frames. If everything is too uniform, it seems contrived and cold. Finally, keep the "base" of the room age neutral. In this room, as 'A' grows older, the rug, the window treatments, the walls can all stay the same. Even the furniture can grow with him - the bed converts to a head board when he's ready for his big boy bed!