This orange and gray nursery is one of my favorite projects. It was fun and easy. After I found out I was having a boy, I picked out my favorite color combos and got to work on playing with different ideas and online shopping.
There was no set inspiration, I knew exactly what I didn't want, and that was a themed room. I hate themes. I wanted to have a room that would be an easy transition from a nursery to a toddler room.
Having a clean, organized, and somewhat minimalist space is important to me. I don't like it to bare, and I like to showcase special items. But to much clutter and different styles going on at once drives me nuts. Normally I decorate with a lot of neutral colors so I can change things out easier, however with a kids room, I wanted color and fun. It is so much easier to show an eclectic side when decorating a kids room.
My husband framed in a section of the wall behind the crib to use specifically as a floor to ceiling chalkboard. While Charlie doesn't quit get to use it to its full advantage right yet, its fun for me to change things up on it and use stencils to draw different things.
One of my favorite projects in this room is the chalkboard. As well as the "roman shade" that I made. All I did was glue fabric onto a roller shade. Simple, cost effective, and fun. I actually have them through out the house.
I highly recommend creating a design board for your project. It will help organize your thoughts and let you see how things will look together. This way you know what to buy when it comes time to spend money.