If you would’ve told me that I would paint a girl’s room pink a few years ago, I would’ve given you at least a dozen reasons why I wouldn’t. Oh, how things change. When you have a spunky 2-year-old who LOVES pink and has a super outgoing, passionate personality, you design for her needs, not yours.
I always imagined a neutral toddler room with white walls and pops of color in the bedding and art, but it just didn’t feel right now that I actually know the little girl who will be living in the space. A funky, eclectic room with lots of color, spaces to play, imagine, and explore suited this little girl a whole lot better than the room I had originally imagined.
My Sources of Inspiration
Typically, I create a mood board , but this room was a little different. I had two main sources of inspiration that got my gears spinning. First is this girl’s room from Amber Interiors , and second was this Mesmerize print from Minted that’s been in our downstairs family room for nearly 2 years.
The apricoty-peach wallpaper sparked an idea in me, and it only took me at least 120 sample cards and 6 paint samples to find the perfect peachy pink!
I ended up going with Spun Sugar by Sherwin Williams. It has a perfectly warm peach undertone, which was exactly what I was going for. I typically use an eggshell finish in living spaces and bedrooms. I love more of a flat finish when it comes to wall colors, but eggshell isn’t so flat where there’s no dimension and it’s still easy enough to clean. I used the Harmony paint line, which went on like a dream, especially when trimming.
(Disclaimer: Sherwin Williams gifted me with their product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)
The Before Guest Room
This was your typical catch all room. It was a space to store extra furniture, bedding, and art when we first moved in. I never gave the design much attention knowing that it would either be my daughter’s room or another nursery one day.
With beige walls, beige carpet, a dated ceiling fan, and no trim detail, this room was a blank canvas for something fun.
My Project List
- Paint the walls
- Add a classic statement trim around the window
- Install a woven wood shade
- Find or build a dollhouse bookshelf
- Bring in all the fun design details!
Ok, I’ve rambled long enough. Here’s the finished space that you all came here to see.
Let’s first talk about the art.
The one think I love about designing a kid’s space is the quirky, fun art that makes the space child-like. I found most of the framed prints at Hobby Lobby, but I also DIYed a few of them as well.
For example, the vertical cat prints I DIYed several years ago by just printing out some funny cat art on old dictionary paper. I also hand painted the graphic “I Can Do Hard Things” print above the dresser, but my source of inspiration was from Minted.
Side note: the hexagon mirror ($4 Hobby Lobby find) is probably my daughter’s favorite thing in the room. She loves to make silly faces!
I also painted this simple olive branch on a large canvas for her nursery a few years ago. I’m hoping it will follow her along for many years.
Lastly, the framed vintage post cards is an expensive art trick that I’ve been loving. I found these post cards at a local antique store for $1-$2 a piece. Then I framed them in these simple black from from Target, which were less than $10. That’s 3 pieces of vintage art for around $30!
So This Book Case
I wanted a child-like element in this room, since it had some more “big kid” elements to it. I stumbled upon these dollhouse bookcases from Pottery Barn ranging from $500-$600! I noticed several design plans on Pinterest where you could make your own. I knew my husband was skilled enough to build one, but then this gem showed up on Facebook Marketplace for $100.
It was built by a local cabinet maker with cabinet grade wood. I don’t think we could’ve bought the wood for less than $100, plus, it saves my husband hours away from his family to build it! Win. Win.
The Lighting Situation
I was dead set on replacing the ceiling fan because the white blades were damaged and it was just so dated looking. My husband, on the other hand, convinced me to keep it. It’s a quality Hunter fan that still runs great. It just needed some love.
We turned over the blades to the natural wood side, gave the whole thing a good cleaning, and replaced the globes. Y’all, it looks brand new! That was another nice $100+ savings.
Is this my favorite piece in the room? Quite possibly. It only took me 3 times to get it right! But when I saw this gold and blush vintage inspired rug from Loloi, I knew it was the one. It added warmth and interest to the room and also tied everything together. That’s what you want when it comes to a large piece like art or rugs.
Classic Window Trim
This detail transformed the space! With this being the only window, yet this room gets tons of natural light, I wanted it to be a statement. We followed this classic window trim tutorial from Angela Marie Made.
It cost around $60 and 8 pieces of wood, and now I want to do this to every window in the house!
Paint | Spun Sugar by Sherwin Williams
Rug | Loloi – Skye Gold/Blush (5×7)
Abstract Art | Minted – Mesmerize
Gallery Wall | All Hobby Lobby
Chair Pillow | Hobby Lobby
Floor Pillow | Lorena Canals
String Lights | World Market
Baskets | Home Goods – similar
Chair | Thrifted
Bookcase | Marketplace – similar
In the words of my daughter, “It’s pink. I love it!”
That made it all worth it!