A Nursery Bright Enough to Banish Gray Skies

Baby 29

Several weeks ago, during my daily blog travels, I came across this super-bright nursery on Joy Ever After. I immediately made a note to share it with you -- and today's the day! The sky is so dreary right now that I could use a jolt of color to get my creative juices flowing, and I thought you might be in the same boat.

When Gina and Robbie were preparing this playful nursery, they didn't know what gender their baby was. So they made a bold decision. Instead of creating a "gender neutral" feel with pale neutral colors, they went in the opposite direction and put together a bright and dramatic -- but still gender neutral -- room. Plus, they managed the whole thing on a tight budget.

I think this is hands down the brightest bedroom I've come across! Take the tour and see if you agree.

The walls are painted in two solid colors. They used Valspar paint: Tangerine on two walls and Bayside on the other two.

Each piece of furniture is a hand-me-down item that Gina and Robbie refinished to create a matching set. They sanded it all down, painted it white, then added new dresser knobs to match the baby bedding.

I love the surprise color you see when you open the drawers. (If these dressers were in my house, I would be tempted to leave the drawers open all the time to show off my mad painting skillz.)

For bedding, they picked Summersault Geo Brights from Target and picked up the matching valance as well.

For the garland, they sewed stacks of felt circles to mimic the bedding, then strung them on a rope with clothespins.

The frames above the crib are the same frames they used as wedding decorations. Gina said, "It was really neat to turn around and use them for our baby's room 9 months later!" They painted the frames in bright shades and they were good to go.

They also installed a new white ceiling fan and added two lamps and a fresh, lime green rug.

It took Robbie and Gina a solid month to paint and refinish the furniture. She says, "It was A LOT OF WORK, but it was fun and so worth it. We are exceedingly pleased with the results!"

I can see why, Gina! I would be pleased too. : )

What do you think, Dear Readers? Would you ever go for a super-bright bedroom in your home?


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Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

Wow. I LOVE this. You see pale walls all the time, and I am a huge fan of color, and this is absolutely inspiring. Awesome job! So did they have a boy or a girl?

momof... momof3inTN

Not my style at all. They did a good job, but to me... the colors are awful. Not anything that would ever be found in my house.

sweet... sweetheart1985

I really love it, but I would replace the orange with.... probably a dark but bold green. I really just dislike the color orange. I would accent with it, but not as a central color on the walls. 


Overall, I think it's an awesome nursery!

nonmember avatar Monzie

We did something similar with our nursery because we decided not to find out the sex of our baby before he was born. All the usual unisex options...yellow, mint green, beige...seemed really boring. So I painted the walls chartreuse and all the furniture white and went with a "surfer" theme with accents of turquoise, orange, red, and yellow. It's bright and adorable and everyone comments about how cool it looks in there. Honestly, it's the most put-together room in our house. And now that we're having Baby #2 and we're pretty sure this one is a girl and that this one will be sharing the nursery with her brother for a few years, we are SO glad we went for a fun color scheme, instead of something very gender-specific....

Magno... MagnoliaQueen

The orange is a little too bright for me, but it is a VERY cute nursery.  I love all the different, but simple ideas they used to decorate.  Really nice!

ocmom... ocmommy2two

That is just plain fugly to me.

Mrs.Salz Mrs.Salz

I'm not a fan of the bright colors personally, but I do think it's a really cute nursery!

kelli... kelli0585

I like it.


I also like how they kept the furniture a nice and neutral white with brown accents (changing table and chair).  It lets the walls do the talking and isn't in fact so overbearing.

ILove... ILovemyPaulie

It makes me nauseous. Babies rooms should be calming and relaxing for rest. Not stimulating.

jalaz77 jalaz77

This looks great! Very creative.

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