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How to Use the Hottest New Color in your Nursery

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Beige.

It doesn’t even sound that interesting.

Yet for years, beige has been the neutral tone of choice is many homes as well as the bane of my existence (anybody else out there think it’s near impossible to pick a shade of beige that’s not too green, or too blue, or too pink, or too yellow?).

But new color trends point to a resurgence of gray, both warm and cool, in today’s home interiors. We’ve seen this versatile color rise in popularity in both fabrics and paints, giving us something new and fresh to use as either a base color, or a focal point.

Gray is a quiet, calming color that can create a soothing interior…perfect for a baby’s nursery. When paired with other trendy color tones, gray can offer excitement and style. Use gray as a base color and pair it with brighter shades like yellow or pink, both of which are complemented by the neutrality of gray.

Black and whites are also excellent color choices and when used in home décor with gray, are sophisticated and chic. And of course, nothing evokes the sense of the ocean more than a home (or nursery) decorated in a combination of gray and white highlights.

Where to start?  Try our newest collection, Gray Damask (pictured above).  It’s fresh and modern yet soft and sweet.  We paired it with a neutral buff fabric to warm it up, but the possibilities are endless. Swap out the buff with a brighter color and personalize the collection so that it’s perfect for you and your baby.

And say, “sayonara” to beige.

Decorate Your Baby’s Nursery in 5 Easy Steps

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Yay! The “big news” has finally settled in and now you’re ready to stop freaking out and start preparing for your little one’s arrival. And the best part of that preparation?

Decorating the nursery!

I know, I know…it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but just try to have fun with it and enjoy the process.  You really can’t go wrong, especially if you follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. A great place to start in the decorating process is with an inspiration.  Think about whether you have a favorite color, or a piece of artwork that you’d like to incorporate, or theme that you’ve always dreamed of using for a nursery.  For example, I always wanted a carousel horse to be the primary design element in my daughter’s room. (long before I came to work at Carousel Designs…a bit ironic isn’t it?!)  Then, of course, it had to be pink!  That gave me something to build on.
  2. If you don’t already have something special in mind and are starting from scratch, then I’d recommend purchasing the furniture first, as this is usually the biggest investment.
  3. Next, I’d choose the crib bedding as the this is probably what you’re going to fall in love with the most (like your wedding dress).  The idea is to find something that speaks to you, or generates an emotional reaction when you first lay eyes on it.
  4. Now select the wall décor to coordinate and complement your bedding.  My favorite wall decorations have sentimental value or are special to the baby’s parents (i.e., a beautifully framed copy of their wedding or baby shower invitation).
  5. Last but not least, decide on a wall color.  With literally thousands of paint colors available, it won’t be difficult to match anything you decide upon.  Trying to match your bedding to an existing wall color, however, can be a little tricky.

Boy or Girl?

Of course, whether or not your nursery design will be gender specific will factor into these decisions.  If you’ve chosen to complete the nursery prior to finding out whether you’re having a boy or girl, you’ll want to choose design elements that are gender neutral.

Black and white is always a great choice in decorating a nursery that’s not gender specific.  It not only stimulates your baby’s senses but it also opens up a whole world of decorating opportunities later on down the road.  You can mix your black and white bedding with touches of lime green or cherry tomato red for a nice pop of color, or you can add touches of pinks or blues once the baby has arrived.

Can’t Find Anything You Like?  Design Your Own!

If you’re having a hard time finding a crib bedding collection that speaks to you, try our custom baby bedding interactive tool.  It’s super fun (and can be a little addictive), and it’s a great way to create something one-a-kind (just like your baby).

With our already designed collections, we’ve hand selected artwork, cribs, rugs and lighting to complete your room, saving you precious time by sourcing those perfect accessories for you.

But most of all, remember…you can’t go wrong!  Your baby will love spending time with you in his or her special room regardless of what’s on the wall.  But if you’ve got specific design questions, or you’re stumped and need a little help, we’d love to hear from you!  Leave us a message on Twitter or write on our Facebook wall and let the conversation begin!

So, relax, have fun and enjoy (and send us pictures)!

~Rose