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Design Trend: Neutral Walls with Pops of Bold Color

photo via skona hem


Last week I did a guest post over at Cove Street on this beautiful grey and pink nursery.  (Side note:  I met Cove Street’s author Katie through the fabulous Jenna, who designed both of our blogs.  Katie is also just starting out in the blogging world and has quite the knack for sourcing high end looks at budget prices – definitely go check her out).

That post got me thinking about how much I love pops of bright color against muted grey or even white walls.  Above is an excellent example of this decor strategy.  Mixing lots of bright colors can be tricky though, so I’ve collected some cheerful accessories and ideas in case you’d like to try your hand at it (I think it works especially well for a gender neutral room).

First up is this Birds 14×14 white linen pillow at sukanart (via pinterest).  Click through for the rest of the goods.

Kaleidoscope Circles Bedding at The Land of Nod.
Birds n blooms at pretty little things.

Colorful shelves at desire to inspire (via pinterest).

SOMNAT crib at IKEA.
LRG – An Alphabetic Ode to Helvetica at ModernPop.

Rainbow bunks at Marvelous Kiddo (via pinterest).

Strapping Cube Bin at Land of Nod.
Pinnochio rug at Hay (via smaller).


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Charlotta Ward February 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

I agree. Bringing in a lot of colours in the decor is hard, especially since the toys add another layer of colour (and clutter).
The trick is to balance it with panes of white..

Loving that first room. Such a happy bright space for a little person. Kids love and thrive on colour and that room encourages free expression and sheer joy!

x Charlotta


The Cheap Chic Momma February 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm

LOVE the bright colors! Both of my kid’s rooms look a bit like a rainbow threw up in it. The bird pillow is my fave!


Kara @ Just1Step February 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Wow these pictures really make me wish I had a girl so I could have some bright pink in a few places.


Amanda September 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Very cute room. We may try something like this for our son and daughter who will need to share a room for awhile while they are young. Can you tell me where you got the beds and a few of the other accessories? (The white curtains, airplane) thank you!


Annie March 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Love the hanging birds mobile
. will do this with our after school program kids. thanks for the inspiration.


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