10 Great Kids' Rooms
Old-Meets-New Girl's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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If your taste runs towards the eclectic and modern, carry that theme into your nursery or toddler room. (After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there!) These days there’s a huge trend towards brightly hued nursery and toddler-room walls. Make it work by sticking within the same tonal family: for instance, saturated brights like aqua, violet, tomato red, apple green, tangerine, fuchsia and so on. (Test-drive your palette by taping sample chips to the wall in a mini grid; Ralph Lauren Paint has a great range of brights and the square chips are the perfect shape for this.) Traditional furniture like the flea-market style rocker and antique-inspired crib/toddler bed add a sense of history to the room. Mixing old-fashioned finds with modern furnishings is very hot right now, but when buying, always put safety first. For babies, invest in a safety-conscious reproduction of a vintage crib. For older children, opt for a flea-market style iron bed. (Check out the options at Pottery Barn Kids or The Corsican Furniture Company, available at online kids’ retailers such as oneofakindkid.com.) Finally, add natural elements to the room to temper all that color. Simple oak flooring and gauzy off-white and celadon-green fabric add a fresh, neutral touch.
Photo excerpted from Great Kids’ Rooms Collection, Copyright 2006 by Meredith Corporation. Published by Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.