In Need of Artistic Help

I’m a left-brained person.  Not in the “I tend to think logically” sort of way, but the “what’s a color wheel?” way instead.  I might as well have been born without a right brain altogether, because I’ve used it so infrequently that it’s probably withering away as it is.  Give me a math problem to solve any day, but I would rather re-learn advanced calculus than decorate a room.

Hence, my problem.  I’ve been agonizing over the issue of the nursery for months already.  I thought I had a theme back when I was planning to decorate it gender-neutrally.  Now that I’m free to go blue-crazy, I hate the old idea for a theme.  Technically, the theme itself wouldn’t be the problem as much as making it look good.  When my first and most important purchase to bring the theme together–the bedding set–ended up not meeting my expectations, I was ready to scrap the idea and start over.

That’s exactly what I’ve done.  I searched for bedding sets at target.com last night and stumbled upon one I liked almost immediately, after hours of persuing what babiesrus.com had to offer and leaving disappointed.  The set was also on clearance if I could live without a dust ruffle for about half the price of the other cheap one I’d picked out from bru.com and learned to hate.  The target.com one is ordered already, along with some coordinating wall hangings, a window valance, and a rug (all together less than $100!).  I also found a generic toddler bedding set in what appears to be coordinating shades of blue.  As long as the colors truly do match, I’m most of the way to a decent nursery theme.

The problem I’m left with is the walls.  They are beige, boring-as-it-comes beige.  M and I are both reluctant to paint, so it comes down to creative wall hangings and shelves and the like to turn a boring, plain room into a nursery that works for both a newborn and a toddler.  That’s where I need help.  Here is the crib bedding set I ordered earlier.  I need, first of all, ideas for what to put on the two matching shelves we’ve already bought and installed in the room but never bothered to decorate.  Next, what else should I put on the walls?  The coordinating wall hangings will fill up the one blank wall without a shelf, but I still think I need something around the shelves on the other walls.  And third, how else do I bring the theme into the room without overdoing it?  The only furniture in it will be the two cribs, thanks to an active toddler who will use anything else in the room as a toy.  This means no lamp, diaper stacker, or hamper until PJ can be trusted again.

Okay, ready for your ideas and suggestions.  Please, please help.  I will not laugh at any idea you suggest, even if it totally does not fit our style.

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3 Responses to In Need of Artistic Help

  1. Erica says:

    Fisrt of all I think the crib set is really cute. With the boys sharing room we went with the bunk beds having a comforter that had trucks etc. on it then the crib had a similiar comforter set. The walls are also white we bought little cling ons that had all kinds of trucks etc. and put them all on the walls. We kind of stopped after that becase we didn’t want too much stuff. The night light is a light blue, but doesn’t have anything on it. Hope this helps. On the shelves you could put anyhting from books that you don’t want PJ to play with yet, and different trucks etc. the kids even have pictures of themselves on one of their shelves because they love to look at the pictures but can’t touch.

  2. Hoping says:

    There are stars in the crib set? I like the mixture of transportation and the stars so you don’t have ALL cars and trucks. So you can pull some more stars in….or not, just a thought.

  3. Emily says:

    Oh, if only we lived closer. I loooove decorating rooms. The set is very cute. I really think you should paint the room. Beige is just too boring for a baby’s room. You could do it all light blue or if you have a chair rail (or could put one up), navy on the bottom, light blue on the top. I think you would be so happy if you painted it, and it really only takes one day to do. As far as the shelves, you should put some decorative airplanes and trains on them. Maybe the block letters that spell out his name, and some framed photos of the baby and family. As far as the rest of the walls, you should look into some decals. I know it doesn’t sound to “modern” but my sister’s baby has an airplane themed room and they put up just a couple clouds and an airplane. It looks really cute if you don’t over-do it.

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