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Color Consult: Nautical Themed Boys Room

Home Decor, Home Trends, Decorating Ideas, Kids RoomBridget SheltonComment
The real estate listing picture of the room before the family moved in. Edgar Degas is one of my favorite artists of all time; but this border of his sketches of ballerinas has got to go! Although perfect for a girl's room; this will just not do for boys ages 5 and 7 who love comic book characters like the Avengers.

The real estate listing picture of the room before the family moved in. Edgar Degas is one of my favorite artists of all time; but this border of his sketches of ballerinas has got to go! Although perfect for a girl's room; this will just not do for boys ages 5 and 7 who love comic book characters like the Avengers.

This client was looking for a big change in their new home they just purchased. They needed a room that was originally pink with a ballerina wallpaper border to transform into a shared boys room, ages five and seven. The client really wanted to do a nautical theme and needed something that would go well with their bedding from Pottery Barn. She sent me a link to her Pinterest board so I could see what drew her eye and where her inspiration came from. I took my favorite pins from her board and added a few myself and created this Nautical board. I am obsessed with Ralph Lauren paint and designs; they do Nautical so well, you will see a lot of their pictures in this collection.

The coast is only an hour away from me so my boyfriend and I decided to take a day trip over and find some inspiration; but mostly to eat yummy seafood. Like most days on the Oregon Coast, it was cold, dreary, and windy; we decided to not even go down onto the beach. We stuck to the cute shops and along the docks snapping pictures and being silly together. Here are some pictures that inspired me and helped to come up with my concept.

I came up with this concept that would allow the boys to grow up in the room without it being too "kiddy" or "kitschy." The room already had wainscoting so I wanted to utilize it by having it be a darker gray than the top portion of the room. To give the room a more "designed" feel I suggested along the wainscoting to do squares with this rope moulding; how cute would that be? Another fun thing would be inside the squares to use chalkboard paint so the boys would always be able to have framed artwork on the walls; I would have loved that as a kid.

I found the perfect blue to do a few stripes along the top 1/3 of the room that would tie in the stripes on the bedding and give visual interest. I also proposed a fun green (which is not as bright/vivid as the computer screen leads you to believe in real life) to use around the trim of the windows; and doors if they feel bold enough. 

Color is so hard to get a grasp on through an electronic device. Seeing these colors in person at your local Sherwin-Williams store and bringing the swatches into your home to see how they look in your space are vital. Color will change drastically based on your lighting and the sheen of your paint.

What do you think of this style? Is it too bold, not bold enough, or just right?

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