Bold Accents in the Midwest

Intense colors can be surprisingly scary to use in a room. So I'm always impressed when someone goes bold with a color palette. And this nursery from Sharon Taylor certainly delivers.

The first thing that caught my eye was definitely the green striped ceiling. Most of us think of putting pattern on the walls but as a decorator, Sharon thinks a little differently. Those stripes draw the eye up and help make sure the sparkly chandelier catches your eye. I'm sure it makes an impression to anyone walking into the room.

See more of the bold details below.


Creativity must run in the family because Sharon's sister, Millie Johnson, custom made this charming wall art. She used old crate boxes, suitcase lids (so clever!), and other little bits found in flea markets. I love the hippo who appears to be gazing over the room.

The faux bois lamp was another great find that helped complete the room. It was painted bright blue and the nesting dolls were added for a little whimsy.

children's bookcase

We could all take tips from Sharon's styling of this bookcase. Painting the inside a pretty shade of green really makes the playful items stand out. And did you notice the disco balls sitting on top? Fun! 

I can't forget to mention the great canopy. Sharon designed it herself and says that after she found the fabric (for a bargain $5.99/yd), it defined the palette for the rest of the room. She also made the drapes reversible so the family had options for their use in the future. 

Sharon said her client wanted a nursery that felt magical. What do you think, did Sharon deliver? What do you think of the unusual color palette?

For more of Sharon's work, visit her site and blog

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