Thursday, January 19, 2012

In the Nursery: Repurposed Objects

Living in a rented apartment, one's choices for a nursery's color palette are somewhat limited. Having a room with no windows for the nursery adds further restrictions. Yesterday, I finally stumbled upon a color scheme for Gates' nursery.

My childhood bedroom sported many colors. If memory serves correctly, I initially chose a deep dark purple for the walls - a color near impossible to paint over at a later date. In place of purple, I had my parents paint each wall a different color: one blue, one green, one yellow, and one pink. (In college, I'd repaint the room all in blue.)

When contemplating Gates' nursery, one thing was certain: pink would not be a dominant color. I forget which friend said it, but I totally agree, "Purple is the new Pink." I can get behind purple. Purple is my favorite color (according to PANTONE Colorstrology Persian Violet is my birthday color and Sheer Lilac is the color for the month of February). Purple was one of our primary wedding colors.

As much as I love purple, I couldn't see Gates' nursery all in purple; the room would be too dark. Until yesterday when I stumbled across these vintage French game boards I wasn't sure what other colors we'd be using. I was immediately drawn to the bright cheery yellow of the Snakes and Ladders game and began searching for two other items to finish out the artwork for the room. The color palette complements the 1950s Golden Books and 1950s - 1960s toys that I've already picked up for Gates (I promise I'll share those in future In the Nursery posts; right now they're still packed away). What do you think?

How did you choose the colors for your baby's nursery?

Ciao Bella!
Credits: All images taken by their respective Etsy sellers: French Game Boards from My Vintage Avenue and 1949 Clue Game Board from Outsider Art Supply. Collage created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.