I'm feeling overly proud and delighted by my new skill. It was actually much easier than I would have ever thought using the (free) Picasa program that I downloaded. If you want to try it for yourself, these detailed instructions by Ask Anna guide the way. She also explained how to pull paint colors from any picture creating a color palette using Sherwin-Williams "Chip-It" tool. That is what I used to create the palette for Bella's room that you see in the upper left of the design board.
Now onto the actual design plans...
This is my vision and Bella's dream room combined. Her furniture is the same Munire nursery furniture she has always had, but we converted her crib into a full-sized bed. [Insert my thoughts that we should never have spent so much money on nursery furniture, convertible or not, because it got sooo dinged up from normal wear and tear and chewing children, etc. Oh well, it's hard to temper the urge for the newest and best when it comes to the first baby!] Since the furniture is so dark, I want to use lighter tones for the rest of the room. I prefer light and airy for a little girl's room.
Walls: G-fri REALLY wants pink so we'll go with a color similar to the "Quaint Peche" that is the background of my design board.
Accent Wall: The wall behind her bed will have gold heart decals. They are a very reasonable $29 for 50 hearts from Urban Walls. I got the idea from a charming design blog I have followed for many years now, in the fun lane. She used them in her daughter's room and I love the look. I originally tried to convince Bella to do polka dots, but once she saw the hearts it was game over. I was able to push gold over pink, though! (I like pink but only so much pink should be in one room.)
Curtains: I'm on the fence about these but as of now I'm thinking gold sheer panels. But maybe white sheer curtains? Or maybe I can use the pale pink curtains we already have from her nursery and buy two more panels? There are already beige cordless cellular shades installed in both windows so we don't need to worry about blocking out light with the curtains.
Bedding: The duvet is the same one I had as a teenager and she likes it enough (and I still like it) so we will use that, too. It has a faint polka dot pattern and eyelet ruffles on the edge.
Canopy: I have found a few promising DIY canopies and I would like to do a tulle one in either white or a pale pink or pale gold.
Then we'll bring in a few more splashes of color with homemade throw pillows (I have several pillow inserts not being used), pictures for the wall (I'm thinking more DIY efforts that Bella can participate in), and possibly a throw blanket and a bedside lamp, depending on how we are doing on our budget. Luckily I'm decently handy with my sewing machine (a leftover talent from my years helping with the costuming department of a summer theater program) so I will be able to keep costs down in several areas.
Here are the things we will need to spend money on:
- Paint color & possible hiring of a painter
- Heart decals
- Material for canopy
- Material for throw pillows
- Supplies for simple canvas art projects
So...I suppose now that the plans are drawn up it will be up to me to actually execute them, hm?