Monday, May 30, 2005
Room for Improvement: New Nursery Room
The idea of getting two for one is always appealing when you're shopping. But when it comes to decorating it can be quite a dilemma. In tonight's "Room for Improvement," Martin Amado is providing a space with a dual purpose. He's creating a combo nursery-guest room.
WSVN -- We're making room for baby on this edition of "Room for Improvement," as we take a multi purpose space and transform it to a soothing nursery. Just in time to welcome home the families' new bundle of joy. As you can imagine no baby steps will we be taken to make all of this happen in one day.
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hello. Congratulations. Nice to meet you guys. How far along are you?"
Homeowner: "6 1/2 months."
Martin: "Let's get to work and see the space. Hi. What did you have in mind?"
Homeowner: "Really, whatever you have in mind because we just wanted to give someone a free shot at this and something creative and something fresh."
Martin: "The space has to function primarily as a nursery, but also as a guest bedroom for the Gilber family. And, since we don't know if it is going to be a boy or a girl the key is to use a color scheme that's not gender specific and that will help blend the 2 functions of the room together."
I'm using many colors to liven up the space and give it more interest. Now the trick is to keep all the colors with in the same tone or range so not one color is more shocking than the other and that way it remains soothing to the eye.
Martin: "This sage color will be on the accent walls here and on the opposite side.
Second color the cream, will be on the upper portion of the walls. Not done yet this baby blue will be on the lower portion. The fourth and final step is to add a yellow border to separate the blue from the cream."
Martin: "The fun part now begins. Let's start making the bed.
Martin: "Now that we have the day bed over there, I am going to use decorator table on the side. They're inexpensive. They look great plus they provide storage too so it kind of hides all the mess."
This television just doesn't go with the nursery's decor. But by adding curtains on either side and adding a valence across, I'm turning it into a stage so it become much more whimsical in the room.
Martin: "Ok the room is finally done. Now we just need the final accessory the baby."
Martin: "This morning a catch all room with no defined purpose was given an over haul. Now with a budget of less than $1000 it became a tranquil nursery just waiting for the newest member of the Gilber family to arrive."
Martin: "One, two, three. Open your eyes."
Homeowner: "Whoa. Oh my gosh, fantastic. One day -- hard to believe. You're like a miracle maker."
There was lots of painting in there but well worth it to get the results we wanted. By pushing the day bed to one side of the room we put the emphasis on the nursery space. Yet the entire space works as one design because we used the same color scheme to unify the areas. Keep that in mind if you want to decorate a multi-purpose space. I'll see you guys soon.
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