In this week's Ask the Designer post were talking about color in the nursery. Our designer, Katy Mimari, answers questions about how to use it in your own nursery. Color is one of the fun parts of nursery design, so we hope you find this fun and insightful!
Color plays a big role in nursery design. What are some of your favorite ways to bring in color in the nursery?
You should never be afraid of color, especially in the nursery! It's the one room in the house where anything goes, and the combination of colors which would otherwise look awkward in the kitchen can be gorgeous in a nursery or child's room. One of my favorite ways to bring color into the nursery is to start with the textiles, especially the bedding
. The colors in the fabrics can help set the tone and style of the room design.
Olivia's Crib Bedding Collection | Teagan's Crib Bedding Collection | Buttercup Crib Bedding Collection
Where do you think color is most impactful on the room?
The walls (ceiling included!) are a great way to make a large impact with color. Just remember, if you are going dark, try to stick to an accent wall, or thick stripes on the ceiling. I love the tonal trend where one wall is a few shades darker than the other 3 walls, or you can keep it simple with a subtle hue and let the decor really stand out.
Are walls, furniture, or textiles most important in creating the color palette for a room?
I think the textiles set the tone, and combination of color in the nursery. The walls and furniture should be more simple in shades - but don't be afraid to find a crib set that uses a large variety of colors! For example, some of our floral crib sets
have a wide variety of color in their prints, and it's the perfect example of how you can pull your favorite color from the textile and use that as the color on the walls. Don't be afraid to make it your own style! And sometimes the most unexpected color combinations are the best.
Coordinating Colors in Scarlett's Nursery
Do you think colors create different moods in the nursery? And do you think that can have an effect on the baby?
I think the baby has no opinion on the nursery, so do what you want! A soft and sweet nursery palette can sooth a baby as well as a coral and mint room. That sweet baby will love the hugs and kisses it receives in that room, regardless of the color!
What are some of your favorite colors to use in the nursery right now?
I love color combinations, so I’d say my top picks for color in the nursery are coral and mint, navy and peach, and navy and mint for baby boys! Mint has gained popularity this year in nursery design, and it so perfectly complements colors for girls and boys. A mint nursery is extremely gender neutral.
Mini Floral Mint Pastel Crib Bedding
Do you prefer bright and bold colors in the nursery or the more traditional soft and pastel colors?
Can I say both? I feel like my style changes daily! Sometimes I find myself daydreaming over our linen and lace bedding
, I love the blush pink accents and vintage appeal.... and then in the same day I can drool over a bright and bold print in pink, turquoise, and gold! My inspiration and style changes almost by the minute!
How much color is too much color?
Too much color, nah.... not possible.
What basic rules should you follow when bringing in colors to a nursery?
Start with the bedding! We always recommend keeping fabric swatches
of your crib set in your purse or car so that you have a sample of the colors while you're out shopping! You never know when you might need to color match something! So, maybe that isn't really a rule on how to bring colors into the nursery, but I promise you'll know when you find your dream baby bedding, and the rest will just come naturally! Colors included!
What colors would you never pair together in your opinion?
Hmmmmm. I'm not crazy about an all white nursery. It seems so impractical to me. Then again, white isn't actually a color - it's the absence of all color! So maybe that's why I think it's missing something!
Are you strict about sticking to a color pallet? If you find an accessory that you fall in love with that’s an “off” color after you’re already gotten pretty far into the design can you normally find a way to work it in?
Absolutely! Just because your favorite color isn't in the bedding, it doesn't mean you can't incorporate it elsewhere! Gold accents seem to be huge in nursery design right now, and it's hard to find cute gold baby bedding
(except from us)! So, think about adding a gold lamp, gold picture frames, and maybe a few gold decorative accents to tie it all together. You'll know when it doesn't look right; it's a mother’s instinct!
Is there anything else we should think about regarding color in the nursery?
It's good to start with a general idea of what your main color will be, and then let the design process inspire you! Keep an open mind, you may think you want one thing and fall in love with another - either way, I promise you'll know your dream nursery bedding when you see it. Happy decorating!
Do you have any questions for our designer? If so leave them in the comments below and we might include them in a future Ask the Designer post. And if you missed the first post in this series about how to get started wtih your nursery design, you can find it here